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Welcome to the Interim Fire and Life Safety Course for Contractors and Consultants

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  1. Welcome to the Interim Fire and Life Safety Course for Contractors and Consultants Jeff Combs Cleveland Clinic Fire Marshal 216-444-6617 Fax: 444-2419 Cell Phone: 216-312-9566 E-mail:

  2. So…why are wehere? • To review and acquaint CC contractors and consultants with requirements, guidelines and specific protocol while working at Cleveland Clinic facilities. Refresher required every 2 years.

  3. Definitions • Project Manager:All contractors will have a Cleveland Clinic project manager assigned to their project and should know who they are. • Job Board:All projects require job boards which should post all applicable permits, floor plan of project including location of sprinkler shut off valves, extinguishers, fire alarm boxes, exits, etc. Some jobs may be small. A clipboard will suffice for the job board in such cases. • Permits:CRRAS OBP, HSP, FRZP, CTP, FSPP

  4. Example of Job Board

  5. A. CRRAS-Construction & Renovation Risk Assessment Subcommittee 1.There are five possible types of fire permits that you may need to acquire: a. Open burning b. Hazardous substance (City of Cleveland) c. Fire retardant zipwall d. Ceiling tile e. Firestop penetration Please call Tara at216-445-3438to set up an appointment for obtaining these. Appointments will be granted for 15 minutes PER PERMIT. Permits, Permits, Permits!

  6. Hotwork (Open Burning) • CC Contractors are required to obtain an Open Burning permit from CC Fire Marshal for use with any Open Flame device. Any open flame operation being performed without a permit, will be shutdown until the permit is secured. Requests for permits should be at least 24 hours in advance of the work performed.

  7. Example of Open Burning Permit

  8. Hotwork Procedures • Parties are responsible to call the Inspector daily no earlier than 7:00am. Please call 216-445-3432 and provide your name, company, location, permit number, a reliable contact phone number and the nature of the hotwork. When calling in hotwork, you must wait for pre-inspection before starting hotwork. CC Fire Marshal office reserves right to randomly inspect. Parties are also responsible for calling when ending hotwork, before 2:30pm, and must wait for post-inspection before leaving jobsite. Any exceptions must be approved by Cleveland Clinic Fire Marshal (Jeff Combs), and must be inspected by Cleveland Clinic Police before leaving jobsite. Unannounced site visits may occur, and citations may occur if not compliant. Please fax City of Cleveland Hazardous Substance permits to Cleveland Clinic Fire Marshal at 216-444-2419.

  9. Fire Blankets Fire blankets for hotwork will be FM approved. To the right is an example of the symbol representing FM Approval.

  10. Hazardous Substances • The Cleveland Fire Prevention and Building Code, section 385 Permit required, states that a permit is required by contractors for the use, storage, and handling of flammable gases, compressed gases and flammable liquids in quantities >= 5 lbs/ 5 gals as applicable . No size quantity for LPG. • Contractors will provide Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) at the job site for all Hazardous Chemicals used. Questions can be directed to the CC Hazardous Materials Coordinator at (216)444-6095.

  11. Example of Hazardous Substance Permit

  12. Common Examples of Hazardous Substances • Flammable Liquids: 5 lbs/5 gallons • Gas, Solvents, Alcohols, Mineral Spirits, Sealers, Aerosols, Paints, Glues. • Combustible Liquids: 5 lbs/5 gallons • Diesel, Solvents, Sealers, Paints, Glues. • Liquified Petroleum Gas: Any Quantity • Propane, Butane • Compressed Gases: 5 lbs/5 gallons • Oxygen, Argon, Nitrogen, Acetylene

  13. Examples of Diamonds

  14. Example of LPG Cylinder

  15. Fire Retardant Zipwall • Only Fire retardant zipwall plastic is acceptable for ensuring that all temporary construction partitions are smoketight and non-combustible. It is not considered a fire barrier. Permit for this zipwall is required.

  16. Ceiling Tile Permits • If at anytime or place, any project work requires that a ceiling must be entered for any purpose the following protocol will be followed: • The following information will need to be available: Company, Requester, Workers, Reason to Enter, CC Project Manager, Project, Specific Area, How many tiles?, and how long the activity will take. • Permits must be available and displayed at all locations on site where tiles are out. Make many copies if needed. Posting permits on ladders is not permitted but only on all metal ceiling tile grid exposed.

  17. Firestopping Permit • Never firestop without a permit!! • Before firestopping, you must take a the 4-hour firestopping course. Call Tara at (216)445-3438to register for class.

  18. 3 Types of Fire Protection 1. Sprinklers 2. Smoke Detectors 3. Rated Barriers

  19. Restoring the integrity of a rated barrier is known as Firestopping

  20. Firestopping MEP 2 Types: 1. Through 2. Membrane

  21. Firestopping Non-MEP: Joints

  22. Background-Plans 1. ARCHITECTS a. Life Safety Drawing b. UL# Firestop System for Joints 2. ENGINEERS a. UL# Firestop System for Through/Membrane Penetrations. 3. MANUFACTURER a. Train b. Certify c. Assist 1. On site 2. Engineering Judgments 4. CONTRACTOR a. Trained b. Certified c. Do Homework

  23. Life Safety Drawing

  24. Electronic Firestopping Instructions 1. Prepare electronic FSPP with table by filling in all required information. Information for the table will come from field contractor who filled it out by hand. (Sample on next slide) 2. Compile a list of UL# firestop systems from the table. 3. Go to website for STI etc to do a UL search at equivalent. 4. Acquire an electronic pdf for each system compiled and save in your computer. 5. Send and email to Cleveland Clinic Fire Marshal atcombsj@ccf.organd attach the filled out FSPP and all pdf’s compiled. 6. Once FSPP is received, make sure that workers in the field have a copy of the permit and all printed copies of pdf’s. Permits in the field without the printed pdf’s attached are considered non-compliant.

  25. Example of Firestopping Tag

  26. Identification • Contractors working only a few days maximum require the paper ID card which will be filled out completely. • Contractors who are working at CC for more than a few days are required to get a Temporary ID badge (plastic) from the Chester Conference Center. Attendance of this course mandatory for badge.

  27. Temporary ID Badge

  28. When working in any CC Patient Care Facility, Joint Commission for the Accreditation of Hospitals Interim Life Safety Measures will apply. These are as follows:

  29. Ensuring that Exits are free from obstruction • The Fire Code will not permit exit capacity or condition to be reduced from original design levels.

  30. Ensuring that fire related alarm, detection, and suppression systems are not impaired: • In case of impairment, it will be the responsibility of the contractor to coordinate with CC Construction Management, CC Facilities Engineering, and Management companies to provide fire watch as required.

  31. Bagging of smoke detectors is not permitted. Contact CC Construction Management, CC Facilities Engineering, and Management companies to initiate a shutdown of fire alarm devices. • Unnecessary Fire Alarms activated by contractors which lead to a City of Cleveland Fire Department fine will be backcharged to the contractor

  32. To Initiate Shutdown, please follow these procedures: 1. The contractor requests shutdown from project manager. 2. Project manager initiates shutdown notice. 3. Cleveland Clinic Fire Marshal will approve/disapprove and provide conditions (ex: fire watch) 4. Facilities will initiate shutdown. 5. Facilities will communicate to contractor that the shutdown is accomplished.

  33. 6. Contractor will perform work. 7. Contractor will do fire watch as required. 8. Contractor will advise facilities when complete. 9. Facilities will turn back on. 10. Facilities will communicate to contractor that fire protection is back on. 11. The contractor, being relieved of fire watch, as applicable, is free to discontinue. 12. Contractor will fax fire watch in real time within 30 minutes of being advised of being turned back on to 216-444-2419.

  34. 3 conditions where fire watch is required even if fire sprinklers are still on. 1. Smoke detectors shutdown in elevator lobbies. 2. Smoke detectors shutdown in smoke management systems. 3. Smoke detectors shutdown that control fire doors.

  35. Ensuring that all temporary construction partitions are smoketight and non-combustible. • Only fire retardant visquene plastic is acceptable. It is not considered a fire barrier. Permit for visquene is required.

  36. Fire Extinguishers • Providing fire extinguishers to be used within the perimeter of the job site as required. Also required for hotwork per each torch assembly. CC Fire Safety will monitor our existing units so it is important to have contractor provided units in place.

  37. To Operate Fire Extinguisher(Just think of the word PASS) PULL…thesafety pin at the top of theextinguisher, (but let them know…CODE RED!!) AIM…the nozzle or hose at the base of theflames. Stay between 6-8 ft. away from the flames. SQUEEZE…orpress the handle (do not turn your back) SWEEP…withwind in your favor from side to sideat the base of the fire until it goes out.

  38. 4 Key Variables of All Fire Plans: • How the fire alarm works in the facility. • Knowing location of ALL fire exits on the floor where you’re working. • Knowing the location of 2 fire extinguishers. • Knowing the location of 2 fire alarm boxes

  39. Smash the Ash! • Contractors are to ensure that the CC No Smoking policy is followed. Smoking is not permitted on the CC campus or adjacent property.