ASTM E3038 - 16

    Standard Practice for Assessing and Qualifying Candidates as Inspectors of Firestop Systems and Fire-Resistive Joint Systems

    Active Standard ASTM E3038 | Developed by Subcommittee: E06.21

    Book of Standards Volume: 04.12


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    Significance and Use

    5.1 This Practice is intended to provide a means for the AHJ or AA, or both, to verify evidence of a candidate’s experience, knowledge, and qualifications.

    5.2 This Practice is not intended to set forth individual credentials for an AHJ or AA, or both.

    5.3 This Practice is not intended to establish any performance criteria of firestop systems or fire-resistive joint systems.

    Note 4: The performance criteria of a firestop system or fire-resistive joint system is found in many national and international test methods. Some of these methods include, but are not limited to, Test Method E814, UL 1479, ISO 10295-1, Test Method E1966, UL 2079, ISO 10295-2, Test Method E2307, Test Method E2837, etc.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This Practice is intended to assist an authority having jurisdiction (AHJ) or authorizing authority (AA), or both, in establishing minimum qualifications for candidates who desire to conduct inspections in compliance with Practices E2174 and E2393.

    Note 1: Authority having jurisdiction (AHJ) is defined in Practices E2174 and E2393.

    Note 2: Authorizing authority (AA) is defined in Practices E2174 and E2393. Examples of the AA include, but are not limited to, the responsible architect, engineer, building owner, or their representative.

    1.2 This Practice makes available a procedure for a candidate to provide evidence to the AHJ or AA, or both, of their specialized knowledge and technical competence related to the firestop industry.

    1.3 This Practice determines the technical proficiency of a candidate based upon a minimum amount of education, experience, and knowledge possessed, which is needed to ensure competence to conduct inspections in compliance with Practices E2174 and E2393.

    1.4 The purpose of this Practice is to allow the AHJ or AA, or both, to assess the ability of the candidate to comprehend and use inspection documents to conduct inspections in compliance with Practices E2174 and E2393.

    Note 3: Inspection document is defined in Practices E2174 and E2393. The firestop submittal, when approved for use, should have sufficient details, including, but not limited to, the firestop manufacturer’s product data, a design listing of the tested firestop, and when required a judgment (Alternative Means and Methods). The judgment is commonly referred to as an “Engineering Judgment” in the firestop industry. These judgments are not always issued by an engineer or a registered design professional.

    1.5 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

    1.6 The text of this standard references notes and footnotes that provide explanatory material. These notes and footnotes (excluding those in tables and figures) shall not be considered as requirements of the standard.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    E176 Terminology of Fire Standards

    E631 Terminology of Building Constructions

    E699 Specification for Agencies Involved in Testing, Quality Assurance, and Evaluating of Manufactured Building Components

    E814 Test Method for Fire Tests of Penetration Firestop Systems

    E1966 Test Method for Fire-Resistive Joint Systems

    E2032 Guide for Extension of Data From Fire Resistance Tests Conducted in Accordance with ASTM E 119

    E2174 Practice for On-Site Inspection of Installed Firestops

    E2307 Test Method for Determining Fire Resistance of Perimeter Fire Barriers Using Intermediate-Scale, Multi-story Test Apparatus

    E2393 Practice for On-Site Inspection of Installed Fire Resistive Joint Systems and Perimeter Fire Barriers

    E2750 Guide for Extension of Data from Penetration Firestop System Tests Conducted in Accordance with ASTM

    E2837 Test Method for Determining the Fire Resistance of Continuity Head-of-Wall Joint Systems Installed Between Rated Wall Assemblies and Nonrated Horizontal Assemblies

    ISO Standards

    ISO 10295-1 Fire tests for building elements and componentsFire testing of service installationsPart 1: Penetration seals

    ISO 10295-2 Fire tests for building elements and componentsFire testing of service installationsPart 2: Linear joint (gap) seals

    ISO/DTR 12470-1

    ISO/IEC 17020 Conformity assessmentRequirements for the operation of various types of bodies performing inspection

    ISO/IEC 17065 Conformity assessmentRequirements for bodies certifying products, processes and services

    UL Standards

    UL 1479 Standard for Fire Tests of Penetration Firestops

    UL 2079 Standard for Tests for Fire Resistance of Building Joint Systems


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 13.220.01 (General standards related to fire protection)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 46191500(Fire prevention)


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    DOI: 10.1520/E3038-16

    Citation Format

    ASTM E3038-16, Standard Practice for Assessing and Qualifying Candidates as Inspectors of Firestop Systems and Fire-Resistive Joint Systems, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2016, www.astm.org

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