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Mighty Line Monday Minute - NFPA 101 Life Safety Code

Mighty Line Monday Minute - NFPA 101 Life Safety Code

David Tabar David Tabar
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NFPA Mighty Line Minute

Greetings from Dave at MightyLine! This week I’ll be discussing NFPA “Life Safety,” what it means, and why that term is so Important to every (each) one of us.

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Most recently, we saw images of the horrible crash of Japan Airlines Flight 516, an Airbus A350 with 379 passengers and crew aboard. Sadly, the impact with a Coast Guard Bombardier Dash 8 resulted in 5 fatalities aboard that small plane.


But how is it that all 379 passengers aboard the Airbus were safely evacuated?


The National Fire Protection Association, or NFPA, publishes the world’s most recognized fire and life-safety standard – a “Code” actually, that has been widely adopted.


While it’s scope doesn’t specifically include “aircraft” per se, it does cover nearly all workplace environments. The NFPA 101 Life Safety Code had its origins in a 1912 publication entitled “Exit Drills in Factories, Schools, Department Stores and Theatres.”


It has evolved to include nearly every kind of building occupancy, from mercantile, business and residential to assembly, high-rise, educational, day care, hotels, dormitories, industrial and warehousing, among many others.


We’ll be getting into more detail about how NFPA 101 impacts your workplace and your personal life-safety in upcoming Mighty Line minutes.


Back to airline safety. On August 12, 1985, 520 of 524 on-board passengers died on Japan Airlines Flight 123. The crash had a profound effect on both the airline and on the public, which led to heightened safety knowledge, education and emphasis by the airline and the flying public.


Japan Airlines has held their strong safety culture close-to-heart, and JAL is now considered one of the world’s safest airlines.


The airline’s strict safety culture around evacuation and egress during emergency conditions will likely become apparent throughout the ongoing investigation as to what went right.


In addition to the pre-planning and preparedness of on-board staff, we may also learn that emergency escape path marking and illumination will have been a major assist to the safe exiting of passengers.


So, we learn here that history has its value, and that we must all pay attention to life’s lessons. MightyLine has its place in life-safety, too. Visual, prominent floor markings in industrial occupancies help employers comply with OSHA’s “General Duty Clause,” that requires employers to provide a safe work environment for all employees free from hazards.


And while the NFPA 101 Life Safety Code requires specific safe travel distances and emergency lighting for egress and exits, clearly visible floor markings can help assure the safe egress of employees during emergency conditions.


In summary, clear pathway markings to safe exits is one of the best investments that employers can make. 

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More about the National Fire Protection Association

The National Fire Protection Association is a global nonprofit organization established in 1896, dedicated to eliminating death, injury, property, and economic loss due to fire, electrical, and related hazards. With over 250 technical committees composed of approximately 8,000 volunteers, the NFPA develops, publishes, and disseminates more than 300 consensus codes and standards to minimize the possibility and effects of fire and other risks.

NFPA's codes and standards, researched and developed by experts, are adopted and used throughout the world. One of their most well-known standards is National Fire Protection Association 70®, National Electrical Code® (NEC®), which sets the benchmark for safe electrical design, installation, and inspection. Another significant standard is NFPA 101®, Life Safety Code®, which provides guidelines for building construction, design, and occupancy features that minimize dangers to life from fire and similar emergencies.

Fire remains a critical concern globally, with significant impacts on lives, property, and the environment. It poses a universal challenge, demanding continuous efforts in fire prevention, education, and safety measures. The NFPA plays a crucial role in these efforts through its standards, research, training, and education programs, aiming to reduce fire-related hazards and improve safety protocols in both residential and commercial settings.

Learn more about the National Fire Protection Association at their website - https://www.nfpa.org/

"Means of Egress" is a critical concept in building and fire safety, particularly in the context of the NFPA 101 Life Safety Code. Here's a breakdown of each element:

Means of Egress: This refers to a continuous and unobstructed path of travel from any point in a building, structure, or facility to a public way. The means of egress is a vital aspect of building design and is composed of three main parts:

Exit Access: The portion that leads to an entrance of an exit.
Exit: The portion that is generally separated from other areas to provide a protected way of travel to the exit discharge.
Exit Discharge: The part that leads directly outside or to a public way.
Exit Markings: These are crucial for guiding occupants to the exits, especially in emergencies. Exit markings may include signs, lights, and other forms of visual cues that clearly indicate the direction and location of exits. The NFPA 101 specifies requirements for the size, illumination, location, and other characteristics of these markings to ensure they are visible and understandable.

NFPA 101 Life Safety Code: The National Fire Protection Association's 101 Life Safety Code is a standard that provides guidelines and requirements for the design, operation, and maintenance of buildings and structures for safety from fire and similar emergencies. It covers a wide range of topics, including but not limited to:

Building construction and protection features.
Fire protection systems like sprinklers and alarms.
Occupant capacity and egress design.
Emergency lighting and exit signage.
Regular maintenance and inspection procedures.

The NFPA 101 is regularly updated to reflect new knowledge, technologies, and practices in fire safety. It's widely adopted by local and state governments in the U.S. and serves as a benchmark for building and fire codes worldwide. Compliance with NFPA 101 is essential for ensuring a safe environment for occupants of buildings and facilities in case of emergencies.
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