September 11, 2013
Public Comment Seeks to Reinstate Sprinkler Exception to IFC

Health Care SHOP Marketplace Opens October 1

Hazard Communication Labeling Changes Effective in December

Founding Member and Past President of NAFED Passes Away

Public Comment Seeks to Reinstate Sprinkler Exception to IFC

Following hard-fought efforts that successfully removed the 906.1 sprinkler exception from the 2012 International Fire Code (IFC), a public comment filed by a representative of the General Service Administration (GSA) seeks to reinstate that exception to the 2015 edition of the code. In previous versions of the IFC, section 906.1 included an exception that stated that in certain occupancies fire extinguishers are not required if the entire occupancy is equipped with fast-response sprinklers. The GSA submitted a proposal that would put this exception back in, with some changes. The IFC committee disapproved of this proposed change so the GSA responded with a public comment that included additional provisions for fire alarms. By ICC guidelines, this comment will be heard at the ICC conference in Atlantic City on October 3, 2013. FEMA�s Government Relations Committee is monitoring the situation and is working to defeat the proposal. You can read the text of the initial proposal and the public comment here.

Health Care SHOP Marketplace Opens October 1

The new Small business Health Options Program (SHOP) created by the Affordable Care Act goes into effect on October 1, 2013. Learn more about this health insurance option for businesses with 50 employees or less at healthcare.gov.

Hazard Communication Labeling Changes Effective in December

OSHA has aligned its Hazard Communication Standard with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) to provide a common and coherent approach to classifying chemicals and communicating hazard information on labels and safety data sheets. The first deadline in the implementation phase is December 1, 2013, the date by which employers must train workers on the new label elements and safety data sheet. Find information and resources, including QuickCards, a training fact sheet, a list of frequently asked questions and a brief on labels and pictograms on OSHA's Hazard Communications page.

UL has also developed a free whitepaper on the topic.

JJ Keller has products to help with training. NAFED members receive 10% off all products.

Founding Member and Past President of NAFED Passes Away

John LawlorJohn H. Lawlor, founder of Keystone Fire Protection Co. and past president and founding member of NAFED, died August 20, 2013, at the age of 83. Read more on NAFED's website.

 

DOT Train-the-Trainer

Sacramento, CA
October 3, 2013

Charlotte, NC
October 10, 2013

St. Louis, MO
October 16, 2013

 



2014 Recharge Tags

Only two more deadlines to get your 2014 tags from NAFED by the end of the year. Order tags by October 4 to receive them no later than November 15 or order by November 3 to receive your tags no later than December 15.