KSHE Webinar - Ensuring TJC and Life Safety Code Compliance for Air Handler Refurbishment via NFPA
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When: Thursday, August 22, 2019
11:30 - 12:30 pm CT
Where: United States

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The Kentucky Society of Healthcare Engineers is pleased to announce a 2019 continuing education webinar series. KSHE will offer a variety of programs throughout the year for you and your facilities to participate in over the lunch hour (12:00 PM CT /1:00 PM ET). We will also be recording and posting the webinars as approved on kshe.org. Have a suggestion for a topic? Email info@kshe.org with your ideas or suggestions.

Ensuring TJC and Life Safety Code Compliance for Air Handler Refurbishment via NFPA 90A

Facility Management teams in healthcare settings are tasked with a multitude of responsibilities to ensure the safety, health, and well-being of patients, staff, and other building occupants, while adhering to the standards set by The Joint Commission (TJC).

In 2012, TJC adopted the 2012 editions of the National Fire Protection Association’s NFPA 101: Life Safety Code, and NFPA 99: Health Care Facilities Code. In November of 2016, The Joint Commission took a deeper dive into these codes and made revisions that took effect January 1, 2018. One of these key revisions is specific to minimizing and containing fire and smoke, and makes numerous references to NFPA 90A, being the “Standard for the Installation of Air Conditioning and Ventilating Systems”, which outlines the stringent compliance requirements for any product or supplementary material exposed to the air stream within an HVAC System.

More specifically, it is important to understand the intended purpose of NFPA 90A and why it exists, which is to restrict the spread of smoke through air duct systems within a building or into a building from the outside, as well as restrict the spread of fire through air duct systems from the area of fire origin. When the fire of origin is an air handling unit, for example, the risk to building occupants from rapid smoke spread is significantly compounded when non-compliant coatings and materials have been used to repair or maintain the air handlers – a common but dangerous practice. Common because these materials have a Class A fire rating, leading to the assumption that these materials are compliant. Dangerous because they are not.

In this presentation, Mike Bodon, CEO of AQUIS, will discuss and educate attendees about the importance of NFPA 90A and why it’s the law, as well as outline common practices specific to air handling unit repair and maintenance that are not compliant with TJC or NFPA 101: Life Safety Code (of which NFPA 90A is a part). Mike will also share some NFPA data specific to hospitals, as well as our own first-hand knowledge and pictures evidencing fires originating from commercial HVAC equipment. Lastly, Mike will provide attendees with educational resources specific to NFPA 90A and solutions, such as AQUIS, that fully comply with this standard - and why.

An overview of the presentation is as follows:

  • Overview of NFPA 90A and its incorporation with NFPA 101: Life Safety Code
  • Distinction between Class A fire-rated materials and NFPA 90A compliant materials
  • NFPA fire data specific to hospitals
  • Illustrative segment (photos and discussion) concerning AHU fires
  • Common, yet non-compliant, repair solutions for air handling units
  • Compliant solutions for repairing AHUs and how Facilities teams can ensure the same

Mike Bodon - President and CEO, AQUIS

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Since 2008, Mike Bodon has served as President and CEO of AQUIS, the nationwide leaders in air handling unit (AHU) refurbishment. An alumnus of the College of Engineering at Rutgers University with a BS in Mechanical Engineering, Mike began his career with GE Plastics and later served as Director of Engineering for CHEP, a leading international supply chain management company. In early 2004, Mike and a colleague from GE Plastics were approached and asked to develop a fire code-compliant solution for the refurbishment of mechanical air handling units. Successful pioneering soon led to the formation of AQUIS, which has grown exponentially over the past 12 years largely through Mike’s leadership and vision, and whose customers include many of the nation’s top hospitals, universities, government organizations, and Fortune 500 companies. Mike is a native of New Jersey and has lived in Orlando with his wife and three children since 2000.

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