In April, at the ICC Committee Action Hearings in Dallas, the Patient Fire Safety Coalition spoke out against four code change proposals brought forth by the AdHoc Healthcare Committee.
- F212-13 – 1103.1;1104.1, “…the existing fire resistance ratings, opening protectives, penetrations, and joints in assemblies are not required to be maintained…”
- F218-13 – 1103.4.1, “…glass walls shall be considered to be equivalent to 1-hour fire-resistance rated construction…”
- F239-13 – 1105.3.2, “Unless required elsewhere in the code, corridor
- walls are not required to have a fire-resistance rating.”
- F241-13 – 1105.5.2, “Existing smoke barriers with a minimum of 1/2-hour fire-resistance rating are permitted to remain.”
Two of these changes were successfully disapproved and two were not (view all the results here)
- F212-13: Disapproved, 11-1
- F218-13: Disapproved, 13-1
- F239-13: Approved as Submitted, 12-0
- F241-13: Approved as Modified, 12-0
In October, at the ICC Annual Conference and Public Comment Hearing, the Healthcare industry will attempt to finalize and make permanent code changes F239-13 and F241-13. Once again, we will be speaking in opposition to these changes as they currently stand, and will be seeking code officials and AHJ’s to stand with us in opposition to these changes.
In Dallas, we were able to make contact with several members of the AdHoc Healthcare Committee. We look forward to the potential of initiating conversation regarding these proposed code changes. Hopefully, together, we can accomplish our common goal of patient fire safety and create code language that accurately portrays that intent.