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Call to Develop Credentials for Inspectors of Fire-Stop Materials

ASTM Committee E06 on Performance of Buildings is developing standard credentials for inspectors of fire stops.

The committee invites building officials, fire marshals, fire-stop manufacturers, and installers to offer feedback or actively develop standard requirements with a committee task group. “Some issues may be experience, education, training, and possibly a test to determine the scope of knowledge the prospective inspector has of fire stops,” says committee chairman John Nicholas, director, Omega Point Labs Inc., Elmendorf, Texas.

The proposed standard will describe credentials for inspectors using ASTM E 2174, Standard Practice for On-Site Inspection of Installed Fire Stops.

Subcommittee E06.21 on Serviceability developed E 2174 in 2001 to establish procedures for inspecting fire stops, including methods for field verification and inspection. Nicholas says the committee received numerous petitions by ASTM members during the balloting of E 2174 to develop minimum requirements for inspectors.

To participate in this activity or comment, contact John Nicholas (phone: 210/635-8100). Committee E06 meets Oct. 19-22 in Tampa, Fla. For meeting or membership details, contact Steve Mawn, manager, Technical Committee Operations, ASTM International (phone: 610/832-9726). //

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