September, 2023
Tuesday, October 17, 2023 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Central Time
TOPIC: Details are being finalized for this webinar, but save the date!
NFCA IFRM & SFRM VIRTUAL Education & Exams
January - 2024 Specific days TBD -- check the NFCA website

This important program is being offered again virtually at the beginning of 2024 to kick off the new year with you and your company in mind – and no travel too. Contractor personnel can become a Designated Responsible Individual. Inspection agency personnel can prove competence in fireproofing for AHJ approval for special inspection.  Final dates will be determined soon--

Big thanks to NFCA’s volunteer faculty Kevin Twyford, Carboline, John Dalton from GCP/Saint Gobain, Ernst Toussaint, Hilti, Dan Ehehalt, Isolatek, and Rich Walke, consultant to NFCA. These leaders help people learn the intricacies of fireproofing and much more through NFCA’s VIRTUAL Education & Exam Sessions.

Those that passed the exam at 80% or better are now eligible to become Designated Responsible Individuals (DRI’s) in both the NFCA Contractor Accreditation Program (CAP) and UL’s Qualified Fireproofing Contractor Program. Contractors, Specifiers, Code Officials, Fire Marshals, ask for these contractors in specifications, requirements, by name.
NFCA & FCIA Existing Building Fire-Resistance Symposium
To increase awareness of fire-resistance in buildings, the Firestop Contractors International Association and NFCA teamed up to present on structural fire-resistance and effective compartmentation / firestopping – and the National Building Code of Canada at this Symposium.
Andre Leroche
NRC's Andre LaRoche Presents
NRC's Fire Test Lab
Horizontal Assemblies
Horizontal Assemblies get a weight load, simulating actual conditions--
Structural protection is required when fire separations occur. The supporting construction – including horizontal assemblies, beams and columns - must be of equal or greater fire-resistance-rating as the fire separation. Contractors, manufacturers, and friends attended the Symposium & Fire-Resistance/Sound laboratory at the National Research Council of Canada’s Ottawa Fire-Test Laboratory tour on Friday. A great time had by all.

NFCA @ NASFM – The National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM) has a long history of intent to protect people in buildings and also the structure’s importance in communities. This group is involved in many key areas including fire-resistance. NFCA had had the opportunity to attend the NASFM Annual meeting visiting with key leaders, and also National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA) President Shane Gray. Meeting is the first step to building relationships to grow fire and life safety through total fire protection.
UL Qualified Fireproofing ContractorsThe UL Qualified Fireproofing Contractor Program can be what makes the difference for NFCA Fireproofing Contractors. NFCA’s Contractor Accreditation Program is the 1st step to becoming UL Qualified. Check this program out. It requires your company to look at fireproofing company procedures and get better and more efficient. Check out both the NFCA Contractor Accreditation Program and UL’s Qualified Fireproofing Contractor Accreditation Program to set your company apart from the rest.
NFCA & Attachments NFCA’s leadership has been meeting about the 12” coatback requirements that is showing up at jurisdictions in western USA. The meetings have produced research initiatives that will come to life in late 2023, early 2024. Watch for more info in the next few E-newsletters.
NFCA @ ICCNFCA will be at the ICC Expo October 8-11 to meet with code officials, understand their needs, and see how NFCA’s programs their communities.
This is NFCA’s time to attend in a casual reviewing potential proposals with code officials for the 2027 version of the International Building and Fire Code.
Do you have a NFCA HAFK yet? The NFCA Handbook of Fireproofing Knowledge (HAFK) is THE industry text book. It’s the study guide for the NFCA’s SFRM & IFRM Fireproofing Exams – the first step to NFCA Contractor Accreditation and UL Qualified Fireproofing Contractor status. It’s also a way to prove competence in fireproofing. Leading Fireproofing Contractors and Fireproofing Inspection Agencies keep this document as a 3rd party proof source when making a point about fire-resistance-rated building elements and assemblies

Being alert about safety is a lifelong activity for employers and employees alike. The construction industry is known for being a tough work environment. Many times, workers are at height, working with teams on different jobsites, and dealing with weather even when buildings have tarp protection at building exteriors.
From a safety perspective, for fiscal year 2022 – Oct. 1, 2021 – Sept. 30, 2022, the construction industry had 5 of the top 10 most frequently cited standards. OSHA publishes the top 10 list to alert employers about commonly cited standards so they can take steps to find and fix recognized hazards before OSHA shows up.

Check out the list from OSHA’s website, as it has several standards that fireproofing contractors could apply to fireproofing contractors. Here’s the list….
  1. Fall Protection, construction (29 CFR 1926.501) [related safety resources]
  2. Hazard Communication, general industry (29 CFR 1910.1200) [related safety resources]
  3. Ladders, construction (29 CFR 1926.1053) [related safety resources]
  4. Respiratory Protection, general industry (29 CFR 1910.134) [related safety resources]
  5. Scaffolding, construction (29 CFR 1926.451) [related safety resources]
  6. Control of Hazardous Energy (lockout/tagout), general industry (29 CFR 1910.147) [related safety resources]
  7. Powered Industrial Trucks, general industry (29 CFR 1910.178) [related safety resources]
  8. Fall Protection Training, construction (29 CFR 1926.503) [related safety resources]
  9. Eye and Face Protection, construction (29 CFR 1926.102) [related safety resources]
  10. Machinery and Machine Guarding, general industry (29 CFR 1910.212) [related safety resources]
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Thanks NFCA Members The National Fireproofing Contractors Association (NFCA) voice has grown through two decades of work building programs and communicating the programs to the outside world, including:
  • NFCA’s work at the International Code Council (ICC) has corrected fireproofing special inspection requirements, protecting the fireproofing contractor, and providing clear direction to specifiers NFCA continues to build awareness about Maintaining Fire-Resistance Protection for the building life cycle by adding a section for fireproofing in and contributing to the International Fire Code & its Commentary.

  • NFCA’s participation at UL and ULC’s Standards Technical Panel for both UL 263 and CAN/ULC S-101 fire-tests, brings the contractor perspective to the standards development process.

  • A refreshed UL Qualified Fireproofing Contractor Program provides value to those who choose to get the UL Mark for their company.
  • Over half of NFCA’s Contractor Members have become NFCA Accredited Contractors. 
  • A refreshed UL Qualified Fireproofing Contractor Program provides value to those who choose to get the UL Mark for their company.
As a result of NFCA’s work, fireproofing as an industry is getting recognized where it is needed – code officials, specifiers, fire marshals, and more.

It’s your NFCA Membership Dues that allow NFCA to do this work. Renewals start later this fall. Without your dues, we can’t do what we do… Thanks for being an NFCA Member. If you know of a company that is not an NFCA Member, forward them this email link to Join NFCA Today.
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Fireproofing Question? We don’t promise to have all the answers, but do provide members with resources they can use to make decisions. Feel free to email us when you get stumped. 
QUESTIONS? Contact Kriston at; 708-236-3411