The use and storage of hazardous materials in any structure can introduce facilities to several regulatory and permitting requirements. One of the most overlooked requirements is how hazardous materials utilization impacts the Building Code occupancy classification of a facility.
Model building codes in the United States establish strict requirements for hazardous materials through the occupancy classification process. These codes rely on the accurate determination of Group H Occupancy designation to ensure proper building features are provided for occupant, facility, and emergency responder safety. Building codes don’t require the classification of every hazardous material use as a high-hazard occupancy, but rather apply thresholds that divide any traditional occupancy groups from a Group H Occupancy.
This webinar will provide an overview of the model building codes used in the United States and describes a three-step process to ensure accurate classification. Case studies featuring common challenges involving modern high-technology materials will be highlighted, including the handling/use of combustible dust, modern refrigerant replacement gases, and lithium-ion batteries.
- Describe the Role of Occupancy Classification in the Model Building & Fire Code
- Awareness of the implications of Group H (High Hazard) Occupancy Classification
- Understanding the 3-step Process Used to Accurately Classify Occupancies with Haz Mat
- Characterize the Hazardous Material(s) Planned or Used
- Determine Use Category for Each Hazardous Material
- Properly Account for the Quantity of Hazardous Material
- Awareness of New Occupancy Classification Challenges Provided for Facilities Handling Combustible Dust, Modern Environmentally Friendly Refrigerants, and Lithium-Ion Batteries