September 2018 NFCA E-NEWS
Webinar: Fireproofing Patching & Building/Fire-Codes
NFCA FREE Webinar Thurs., September 27
1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Central Standard Time

Spray Fire-Resistive Materials (and IFRM) Fireproofing call for ‘complete encasement’ of the building elements in Building Codes. In existing buildings, fire-resistance needs to be maintained to keep continuity of protection for fire and life safety in buildings.

Don’t miss this webinar to learn about code requirements and also equipment used to patch SFRM Fireproofing in new and existing buildings. NFCA Executive Director Bill McHugh & Graco’s Danny Carrillo, Business Development Manager for ToughTek Mortar Equipment, will collaborate on this fast moving webinar. Click here to register.
NFCA in Denver - September 25
NFCA Fire-Resistance in Buildings Seminar
Tuesday, September 25, Warwick Denver Hotel

NFCA invites Architects, Specifiers, Building Code Officials, Fire Marshals and Fireproofing Contractors to attend. We have 97 people registered to attend. There are still a few spots left - Register Today!

Join NFCA for a day of education specific to fireproofing and fire-resistance in buildings. NFCA thanks NFCA Manufacturer Supplier Member Sponsors:  Albi Protective Coatings, Carboline, Hilti, GCP Applied Technologies, Isolatek International, and Sherwin Williams.

Key Fireproofing Code & Standards Interpretations
NFCA worked with the manufacturer partners on an interpretation for the International Building Code Table 601, note b on the 20’ rule . There’s been a misinterpretation that no fireproofing is required for columns where the roof does not need the protection.   Click here to read ICC Staff interpretation and check out the last sentence in paragraph 3 "a rating would still be required for any columns." Thanks to Ed Goldhammer at Hilti for submitting to ICC. 

Another subject we hear about is insulation applied over the top of any type of fireproofing. UL states that the application has not been tested. No testing means no proof that the fireproofing will perform as intended if insulation is installed over the fireproofing. Click here to check it out.

According to the US based OSHA, “Falls from ladders account for 20% of all fatal and lost work-day injuries in general industry”. 

The edges of the perimeter of buildings and areas where there are openings in horizontal assemblies (roofs and floors) are some of the most dangerous places for the workforce to occupy. Curtainwalls that are not complete, window openings large enough to fall through, open shafts are all big fall risks for the fireproofing workforce. 

What happens when workers need to reach floor/ceiling surfaces to apply fireproofing and set up ladders next to the open shaft or railing equipped ‘windowless’ exterior? What’s a company to do and keep workers safe and EMR in the right place?

According to the ‘Walking-Working Surfaces’ Fact Sheet , there are fall protection options. There are new rules in Section 1910 to protect workers as well. Visit these links to learn more. Check out the presentation by Roger Tickner, at NFCA’s Educational Conference in Dallas, 2016. Roger focused on Scaffold and Aerial Lift Safety from OHSA 1926.451 (scaffolds) and 1926.453(a) (aerial lifts). referenced many OSHA (US) and OHSA (Canada) Standards. NFCA Members, it’s in the "Members Only " section.

Thanks to Eric Smith, Superintendent, Norkote, Everett, WA, for giving us the idea for this Safety Tip. Eric will receive a NFCA Shirt! NFCA Safety Tip of the Month  gives NFCA Members the opportunity to share and learn safety actions being used on job sites that work and contribute to job site safety. Email NFCA a safety issue you had  AND how you solved it.  Win a NFCA Shirt if your safety tip is chosen!  Email your “Safety Tip of the Month” to

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2019 NFCA Orlando

2019 NFCA Fireproofing Educational Conference & Meeting
March 20 to 22, 2019,  Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista   - Disney Springs Area
More details to come!
Mark your calendars   to attend the  2019 NFCA Fireproofing Educational Conference!   The Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista is a Disney Property, walking distance to  Disney Springs   and within a few miles of Magic Kingdom, Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios.
NFCA Contractor Accreditation Program Training   will be held March 18-20, 2019, prior to the conference. 

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