Fire Stopping Information

Thank you ALL for sharing your meeting with me and letting me banter about my favorite construction topic FIRESTOP!
Here are the resources I promised you:

Our   BLOG can be found at this link. If you would like to be added to the distribution list when I start it back up, just email me and I will add you. If you ever want to get out you can just click unsubscribe. I may shed a tear to see you leave, but I will get by…somehow.

The training on the app that I talked about is a paid service. I was trying to get DCA to sign up for it so that I could offer it at no charge, but I didn’t have any luck with that.  There are two classes and what I like most about them is that they are easily digestible and reviewable. You don’t have to take a whole day for training where you only remember parts of it. With this format you can fit it into your busy schedule “as easy as a coffee break” which is why we call it a firestop coffee break training.

You can get more information here on our website. The class offers ICC CEU’s. My NJ building official crews will ALWAYS get a discount. If you sign up for a course and there is no discount email me and I will give you one.  For 2021 I will give a 50% discount to any building official. You can use coupon code DCA2021.  I don’t have the assessment complete for the fireblock course so if you are going to take that one please give me a heads up so I can get that pushed to my priority list. LOL.

The document titled NJ Qualifying Firestop Inspectors is one part marketing for our company and 5 parts educational content for anyone who needs to know more.
The document AHJ Firestop Inspector is from a company out of NH, my friend Wayne Barrow has allowed me to share this with you. He welcomes you to put your town logo or anything else you want to do to make it an official form. This will easily highlight the special inspectors capacity.

Again, if you have any questions you now have my email and phone number. Give me a call if you need help!

Stay Healthy, Be Well, Do Good

SHARRON HALPERT

HALPERT LIFE SAFETY CONSULTING

SAVING LIVES FOR THE  LIFE OF YOUR BUILDING

NJ: 201-250-4193

www.halpertlifesafety.com – check out our training courses

Certified WBE- WBENC, NJ, NY City, NY State, NY/NJ Port Authority

Thank you ALL for sharing your meeting with me and letting me banter about my favorite construction topic FIRESTOP!

 

Here are the resources I promised you:

Our   BLOG can be found at this link. If you would like to be added to the distribution list when I start it back up, just email me and I will add you. If you ever want to get out you can just click unsubscribe. I may shed a tear to see you leave, but I will get by…somehow.

 

The training on the app that I talked about is a paid service. I was trying to get DCA to sign up for it so that I could offer it at no charge, but I didn’t have any luck with that.  There are two classes and what I like most about them is that they are easily digestible and reviewable. You don’t have to take a whole day for training where you only remember parts of it. With this format you can fit it into your busy schedule “as easy as a coffee break” which is why we call it a firestop coffee break training.

You can get more information here on our website. The class offers ICC CEU’s. My NJ building official crews will ALWAYS get a discount. If you sign up for a course and there is no discount email me and I will give you one.  For 2021 I will give a 50% discount to any building official. You can use coupon code DCA2021.  I don’t have the assessment complete for the fireblock course so if you are going to take that one please give me a heads up so I can get that pushed to my priority list. LOL.

 

The document titled NJ Qualifying Firestop Inspectors is one part marketing for our company and 5 parts educational content for anyone who needs to know more.
The document AHJ Firestop Inspector is from a company out of NH, my friend Wayne Barrow has allowed me to share this with you. He welcomes you to put your town logo or anything else you want to do to make it an official form. This will easily highlight the special inspectors capacity.

 

Again, if you have any questions you now have my email and phone number. Give me a call if you need help!

 

Stay Healthy, Be Well, Do Good

SHARRON HALPERT

HALPERT LIFE SAFETY CONSULTING

SAVING LIVES FOR THE  LIFE OF YOUR BUILDING

NJ: 201-250-4193

www.halpertlifesafety.com – check out our training courses

Certified WBE- WBENC, NJ, NY City, NY State, NY/NJ Port Authority

 

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Thank you ALL for sharing your meeting with me and letting me banter about my favorite construction topic FIRESTOP!

 

Here are the resources I promised you:

Our   BLOG can be found at this link. If you would like to be added to the distribution list when I start it back up, just email me and I will add you. If you ever want to get out you can just click unsubscribe. I may shed a tear to see you leave, but I will get by…somehow.

 

The training on the app that I talked about is a paid service. I was trying to get DCA to sign up for it so that I could offer it at no charge, but I didn’t have any luck with that.  There are two classes and what I like most about them is that they are easily digestible and reviewable. You don’t have to take a whole day for training where you only remember parts of it. With this format you can fit it into your busy schedule “as easy as a coffee break” which is why we call it a firestop coffee break training.

You can get more information here on our website. The class offers ICC CEU’s. My NJ building official crews will ALWAYS get a discount. If you sign up for a course and there is no discount email me and I will give you one.  For 2021 I will give a 50% discount to any building official. You can use coupon code DCA2021.  I don’t have the assessment complete for the fireblock course so if you are going to take that one please give me a heads up so I can get that pushed to my priority list. LOL.

 

The document titled NJ Qualifying Firestop Inspectors is one part marketing for our company and 5 parts educational content for anyone who needs to know more.
The document AHJ Firestop Inspector is from a company out of NH, my friend Wayne Barrow has allowed me to share this with you. He welcomes you to put your town logo or anything else you want to do to make it an official form. This will easily highlight the special inspectors capacity.

 

Again, if you have any questions you now have my email and phone number. Give me a call if you need help!

 

Stay Healthy, Be Well, Do Good

SHARRON HALPERT

HALPERT LIFE SAFETY CONSULTING

SAVING LIVES FOR THE  LIFE OF YOUR BUILDING

NJ: 201-250-4193

www.halpertlifesafety.com – check out our training courses

Certified WBE- WBENC, NJ, NY City, NY State, NY/NJ Port Authority

 

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SHARRON HALPERT  HALPERT LIFE SAFETY CONSULTING L.L.C. sharron@halpertlifesafety.com  www.halpertlifesafety.com  201-250-4193

“SAVING LIVES FOR THE LIFE OF YOUR BUILDING”TM

 

 

RE: Firestop Special Inspection for projects in New Jersey

 

This document is intended to help you identify the following:

  • When you need to hire a firestop special inspector
  • How to evaluate a potential inspector
  • Why HLS is qualified for this scope of work

 

Make no bones about it, we conduct special inspection of firestop, and we want to work on your next project.  But this document is intended to do more than just introduce us as a new company in town performing this scope of work. We want YOU to be able to evaluate anyone conducting this scope of work to ensure they are capable and qualified, so they are not creating a position of liability for your company or your project. If after that, you decide to hire us, that is great. But the ultimate goal of this document is to provide you with the skills to ensure that whoever you hire for your project is going to adhere to the codes and standards.

 

Why should you consider hiring us:

 

We are unique in the special inspection realm, because firestop is all we do.  We stick to what we know and that is firestop. Too many special inspection firms add firestop to their offering without understanding that this particular scope requires more technical knowledge and general granularity than any other special inspection scope.  They do this because they want to keep their clients happy and they want to make the extra money. If all they do is little more than what the jurisdictional inspectors do, then they are not adhering to the standards and you have a problem. This is why it is critical to know some questions to ask in order to assure they are capable and competent.  If they are on site for two hours for every inspection, they are not adhering to the standards. Once you have read through this you will know a few other questions to as a potential inspector.

 

Other special inspection tasks such as rebar, concrete EIFS etc. are easy to know if someone is qualified. If you wish to review the NJ Special inspector certification handbook you can find that here.  A quick review will show you no listing for firestop special inspectors.  If you want to ensure that a particular person is certified to inspect one of these specialties, you can go to this list and be sure that the individual person who shows up on your site (not just who signs the document) is listed for that particular task. However, when it comes to other designations such as piles, soils and FIRESTOP the responsibility for verifying that the individual is qualified and capable, falls to the AHJ and the owner’s rep, who could be the CM, the developer or the architect of record.  This document is intended to assist those parties when they try to vet the individuals looking to conduct firestop special inspections.

 

 

WHEN IS SPECIAL INSPECTION OF FIRESTOP REQUIRED

 

Special inspection of firestop is not required on all projects. So, let’s first discuss when it is required in the first place.  If you want to read the code for yourself, please follow this link and go to page 401 section 1705.17. The IBC says it is needed in three cases and NJ adds in a few more: (alternately see definitions at the bottom of this document)

  • High Rise (go to page 17 in Ch2)
  • Risk Category III (go to chart 1604.5 for Risk Category)
  • Risk Category IV
  • NJ includes Class 1 structures as well (go to UCC J.A.C. 5:23-4.3A) but very generally speaking, if you have a building over 55 feet you should check to see if it is Class 1
  • J.A.C. 5:23-4 2. In any case in which it may find it necessary to do so, the Department may supplant or replace a local enforcing agency for a specific project.

 

 

HOW TO EVALUATE A POTENTIAL INSPECTOR

 

When you are talking to someone who wants to conduct special inspection of firestop there are a few general questions you can ask them to ensure that they have the knowledge to adhere to the standards. Here are just a few:

 

 

Q: Do you look at all the installed firestop?

 

If they say no, then they are not conforming with the ASTM standards for inspection of firestop. They are supposed to ensure that all required firestop is in place and in addition they need to do one of the following:

  • Destructive testing of 2% of each unique type of firestop installation
  • Witnessing of 10% of all unique types of firestop installations

 

 

Q: Do you do a penetration count before you start your inspection?

 

If they say no, then how do they identify the quantity they need to inspect in order to achieve the percentage the standard requires? For example, if they are going to destructively sample 2%, and they know there are 800 cable penetrations, they know they have to destructively sample 16 cable penetrations or witness installation of 80 cable firestop applications. Then, they have to identify the numbers for every other different firestop application.

 

 

Q: Do you carry firestop submittals during your inspection?

 

If they don’t, then they need a photographic memory or else then they are not conforming to the requirement of the standards. They are supposed to compare the field installation with the submitted documents one step at a time, from the penetration type, to the material used, the annular space, sealant depth backing material depth, density and sometimes compression and more in many cases.

 

 

Q: What UL detail would you use for a metal pipe in a gypsum wall?

 

This question tests whether or not the inspector knows the UL nomenclature. If they can’t tell you that it is a WL 1000 series detail, they probably have not been doing this work long enough to understand granularity of firestop details. If they have been, then they have not been using the firestop submittals during the inspection, otherwise they would know this off the top of their head.  For more on this you are welcome to visit this blog.  This is a link to a blog series that explains UL nomenclature. It’s a multi part series. Clicking on the link on the lower right corner of this blog post will take you to the next segment in the series.

 

 

Q: What’s a typical floor area you cover in an inspection?

 

The answer may vary depending on the foot print of the project, the construction schedule and a number of other things, but this question is used to gauge whether or not the inspector maintains the minimum inspection area called out by the standard, which is 10,000sq ft maximum if they are doing destructive testing or a single floor if they are doing witnessing.

 

 

Q: How long does a typical inspection take?

 

This answer can vary, because there are a million variables but generally if you are on a hotel or apartment building where you know here will be lots of penetrations through rated floors and walls and inspection of a 10,000 square foot area will take anywhere from 5-7 hours. The inspector must do a penetration count (this can be different on every floor on wood framed, but may be generally the same on concrete buildings).  Then the inspector must determine the percentage of tests to conduct. After that they need to conduct the tests and record the results. Deficient issues need to be recorded. Conformant issues are not required to be recorded with the same detail.

 

There are any number of additional questions one could ask, but this list is a good start for you. If you would like more information please feel free to reach out to Sharron and she will be glad to help you. 201-250-4103 or sharron@halpertlifesafety.com

 

Many AHJ’s ask for copies of past firestop inspection reports so they can be sure the individual adheres to the requirements. The reports are required to note the deficiencies that were identified. We have seen some reports that basically just show that the inspector walked through a project and ensured the firestop was in place in a few areas and nothing more. This is a huge liability for everyone involved. Please be sure this is not the type of reports you are receiving on your project.  AHJ’s can also ask for a list of past projects that inspector has been involved with. This can ensure the inspector has experience with projects of the same size and scope. Hollow core concrete, wood framed projects, concrete and steel, or projects with concrete and gyp floor ceiling assemblies all have unique issues, likewise airports, hotels, hospitals and data centers all have their own unique issues and your special inspector should be familiar with these differences.

 

ICC Special Inspection Manual

The ICC special inspection manual offers best practice operations for the Architect, the Inspector as well as the Building Official. Here are some video links to what the ICC Manual says about each.

 

WHY HIRE HALPERT LIFE SAFETY?

 

  • 20 years of experience in the firestop industry from developing products and sale to training and quality control- we have the experience to ensure your project conforms with the codes and standards
  • Our pre-construction meeting is designed to help reduce issues during construction. We share common problems at the beginning of the project, so the lessons learned from other projects are shared with your team.
  • We have been on over $18 Billion worth of projects in the last 12 years so whether your project is big or small we are a valuable part of your team.
  • The International Firestop Council (IFC) has a test for an inspector to obtain a certificate of achievement- We wrote the first 300 question test when it was initially created years ago.
  • We were part of a team of volunteers creating educational information for the International Code Council.
  • We are voting members of the IFC as well as ASTM who develops the standards.
  • We train building inspectors in New Jersey on various passive fire protection topics including this code section. We even train larger Special Inspection firms.
  • We have developed training sessions for the International Code Council
  • We have trained teams over-seas from the Bahamas to Saudi Arabia
  • Sharron holds a Premier Certificate with the International Firestop Council
  • If your architect requires the special inspector to adhere to ASTM E3038 we are one of the few firms working in the area who can meet this requirement

 

 

Please add us to your bidders list and let us help reduce the liability on your next project. Also, use this document to help on your next project. Please know that if you ever have questions or problems on a project don’t hesitate to contact us for support. We are happy to help, if we are able.

 

Thanks for taking the time to learn more about our industry,

 

Sharron Halpert

President

Certified WBE- NYC, NY State, NY/NJ Port Authority, WBENC

 

 

This is the definitions section in case you want to review the code definitions

  • High-Rise-building with an occupied floor located more than 75 feet above the lowest level of the fire department vehicle access
  • Risk Cat III- Public assembly – occupancy load over 300 – Elementary or secondary school or day care occupancy over 250 – Adult education with occupancy over 500 – Groups I-2 with occupancy over 50 (without surgery or emergency) – Medical, surgical, psychiatric, nursing or custodial care on a 24 hour basis of more than five persons who are not capable of self preservation. Including but not limited to hospitals, nursing homes, mental hospitals and detoxification facilities – Group I-3 (penitentiary, jail or prison) – A building with occupancy over 5000 – Power generating station, water treatment, waste water facility and any other public utility facility not included in risk category IV – Buildings or structures not included in risk category IV containing quantities of toxic materials that exceed certain thresholds and would be hazardous to the public if released
  • Risk Cat IV– Group I-2 with surgery and/or emergency treatment – Fire, rescue, ambulance, police stations and emergency vehicle garages – Designated earthquake, hurricane or other emergency shelters – Designated emergency preparedness, communications and operations centers – Power generating stations and other public utility needed for emergency backup for risk category IV – Aviation control tower, air traffic control center and emergency aircraft hangers – Buildings and other structures having critical national defense function – Water storage or pump for fire suppression – Buildings and other structures containing the quantities of highly toxic materials that exceed certain thresholds and pose a threat to public released
  • Class 1 structures: J.A.C. 5:23-4.3A – Generally over 55 or 65 ft (varies by occ type) – R-1, 2, 4 over 9600 sq ft 55 ft – S1-2 over 65 ft – I 1-4 over 55 ft
  • J.A.C. 5:23-4 2. In any case in which it may find it necessary to do so, the Department may supplant or replace a local enforcing agency for a specific project.

 

 

FIRESTOP INSPECTOR CANDIDATE QUALIFICATIONS QUESTIONNAIRE

 

Chapter 17 of the IBC and ASTM standards E2174 & E2393 require a firestop inspection candidate to be approved by this department before being contracted to conduct inspections. This form, which is based on the above and ASTM standard   E 3038, shall be completed by/for the individual who will be inspecting the project. If more than one person will be inspecting, complete one questionnaire for each person.

 

  1. Name _________________________________________________________________ Project _________________________________________

Phone __________________________ Fax ________________________________   Email ____________________________________________

 

  1. Which of the following have you obtained?

 

FM4991 or UL QFC DRI exam – Date ______________________   and score ____________________

IFC Exam – Date ____________________ and score ___________________

Intertek Firestop IQP #___________________________

  1. How many years of experience do you have that is directly related to firestopping?

 

  1. # of years as a Firestop Inspector __________

Name of the approved inspector you trained under. ____________________________________________________________

 

  1. # of years as a Firestop Engineer __________

Name, dates of employment and position(s) held for the manufacturer(s) or testing agency(s) you worked for.

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

  1. # of years as a Firestop Installer __________

Company name, dates of employment and positions held for the firestop contractor(s) you worked for.

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

  1. List the firestop manufacturer training and other specialized training you have in firestopping. Include the number of hours for each.

____________________________________________  ______                   _____________________________________________  _______

____________________________________________  ______                    _____________________________________________  _______

____________________________________________  ______                    _____________________________________________  _______

 

  1. Provide the cover page and summary page from the final report for the last project you inspected.

 

  1. On the back of this page or on a separate sheet, list at least three projects you have inspected that were similar in scope and complexity to the project you are applying for approval for. Include the following for each project:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Provide a notarized affidavit concerning your freedom from conflict of interest with any contractor, installer, firestop manufacturer and firestop distributor for this project.

 

__________________________________________________________________    __________________________________________

Signature                                                                                                                 Date

Relevant Project Inspection Experience answer here for question #6 on front

Project Name  
Project Location  
Total Project Value in $$  
Total Square Footage  
Occupancy & Construction Type(s)  
Client name  
GC or CM  
AHJ with contact info  
   
Project Name  
Project Location  
Total Project Value in $$  
Total Square Footage  
Occupancy & Construction Type(s)  
Client name  
GC or CM  
AHJ with contact info  
   
Project Name  
Project Location  
Total Project Value in $$  
Total Square Footage  
Occupancy & Construction Type(s)  
Occupancy Type  
Client name  
GC or CM  
AHJ with contact info