Carson Associates, Inc.

STANDARD SEMINARS & WORKSHOPS AVAILABLE:
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Basic Plan Review

Basic Building Inspection for the Fire Inspector

Life Safety Code 2003 – General

Life Safety Code 2000 for Health Care Occupancies

Life Safety Code for Detention & Correctional Occupancies

Equivalencies & The Fire Safety Evaluation System (NFPA 101A - FSES)

Fire protection Systems – Inspection, Test, & maintenance

Fire Resistance & Flame Spreads

Furniture Arrangements for Interior Designers

Interior Finish, Fire Resistance, & Furniture Combustibility for Interior Designers

Flammable Liquids, Spray Finishing & Dip Tanks

General Fire Protection for Industry

Flammable Liquids & Laboratory Fire Safety

Portable Fire Extinguishers

International Building Code®

NFPA 5000, Building Construction & Fire Safety

NFPA 1, Uniform Fire Code

Special Seminars


Basic Plan Review

This seminar covers the basic principles of plan review for means of egress and fire protection.  The course includes:

§        Typical design package content (plans, specifications, addendum),

§        Drawing conventions (symbols, abbreviations, drawing content)

§        Value of sections, elevations, and details,

§        The “how-to” of performing a plan review, and

§        How “not to miss” important egress and fire protection features.

The course assumes the participant has some knowledge of the Life Safety Code, NFPA 101 or related egress and fire protection issues of a building code.

Seminar Length: Option of two or three days

Materials: A copy of the NFPA Life Safety Code and a seminar workbook will be provided for each participant.  Building plans will be used for group work.

Who Should Attend?
Anyone who:

  • Reviews plans and specifications for new construction or renovations

  • Prepares designs and specifications

  • Performs construction inspections


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Basic Building Inspection for the Fire Inspector

This course covers the basic principles of inspection for the fire inspector.  Topics will include egress requirements, building fire resistance (fire barriers, floor construction, vertical opening fire extinguishers, sprinkler systems, and fire alarm systems.

Seminar Length: Two days

Materials: Each participant will receive a copy of the NFPA Inspection Manual and a participant manual

Who Should Attend? Anyone with responsibility for inspecting buildings.

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Life Safety Code 2003 – General

This course will provide a general review of the Life Safety Code as applicable to any occupancy.  It will cover the fundamental chapters (Chapters 1 – 11) plus the chapters for new and existing business occupancies (Chapters 38 & 39), (plus an additional occupancy of your choice).  Participants will be able find applicable sections of the code and understand how to apply those requirements.  The course will include instructor led presentations and student exercises where groups will use the code to find answers to code problems. 

Seminar Length: Three days

Materials: A copy of the Life Safety Code and a seminar workbook will be provided to each participant.  Each participant will use exercise questions and diagrams throughout the seminar to practice application of the Code.

Who Should Attend?  

  • Architects/engineers

  • Interior designers

  • Project Managers

  • Construction managers

  • Corporate real estate personnel

  • Corporate safety personnel


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Life Safety Code 2000 for Health Care Occupancies

This course will cover the fundamental chapters (Chapters 1 – 11) of the Life Safety Code (NFPA 101) plus the chapters for new and existing Health Care occupancies (Chapters 18 & 19).  Participants will be able to locate applicable code requirements and have the basic knowledge necessary to apply these requirements, with special emphasis on health care occupancies. The course will include instructor led presentations and student exercises where groups will use the code to find answers to code problems.  Some specific differences with CMS and JCAHO requirements will be discussed.

Seminar Length: Three days

Materials: A copy of the Life Safety Code and a participant manual will be provided for each participant.  Each participant will use exercise questions and diagrams throughout the seminar to practice using the code.

Who Should Attend?  Anyone involved in health care occupancies (hospitals, nursing homes, ambulatory care facilities) such as:  

  • Architects

  • Interior designers

  • Engineers

  • Managers

  • Safety personnel

  • Physical plant personnel


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Life Safety Code for Detention & Correctional Occupancies

This course will cover the fundamental chapters (Chapters 1 – 11) of the Life Safety Code (NFPA 101) plus the chapters for new and existing business (Chapters 38 &39) and Detention and Correctional occupancies (Chapters 22 & 23).  The course will include instructor led presentations and student exercises where groups will use the code to find answers to code problems.  Fire safety requirements of the American Corrections Association (ACA) for Adult Facilities will also be discussed.

Seminar Length: Three days.

Materials: A copy of the Life Safety Code and a participant manual will be provided for each participant.  Each participant will use exercise questions and diagrams throughout the seminar to practice using the code.

Who Should Attend?  Anyone involved in jails or prisons such as:

  • Architects/designers

  • Engineers

  • Facilities personnel

  • Managers

  • Safety personnel


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Equivalencies and the Fire Safety Evaluation System (FSES)

This seminar will discuss the equivalency provisions  of the Life Safety Code and techniques for properly using the Fire Safety Evaluation System as contained in NFPA 101A.  The course will include a general introduction to the FSES system and will specifically use one of the FSES’s to work an example exercise.  The actual FSES to be used can be chosen by the client.  FSES’s available include Health Care Occupancies, Business Occupancies, Board and Care Occupancies, and Detention and Correctional Occupancies.

Seminar Length: One day.

Materials: Each participant will receive a copy of NFPA 101, Life Safety Code, and NFPA 101A, Guide on Alternative Approaches to Life Safety, and a participant manual.

Who Should Attend?  Anyone who works with existing buildings requiring equivalencies or a Fire Safety Evaluation System.  This may include designers, enforcers, or owners.


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Fire Protection Systems Inspection, Test, & Maintenance

This course will provide an overview of the types of sprinkler systems and the inspection, tests, and maintenance requirements for these systems. The inspection, tests, and maintenance of fire alarm systems, kitchen hood systems, emergency lighting, fire doors, and fire extinguishers will be covered.  

Seminar Length: Two and a half days.

Materials: Each participant will receive a copy of NFPA 25, Inspection, Test, and Maintenance of Water Based Extinguishing Systems and a copy of the NFPA book Fire Protection Systems, Inspection, Test, and Maintenance Manual, and a student workbook.

Who Should Attend?  Anyone who is involved in the inspection, testing, or maintenance of fire protection systems including:

  • Fire inspectors

  • Facility maintenance personnel


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Fire Resistance & Flame Spread

This course will review the concepts of fire resistance, the test methods used for determining fire resistance, references for fire resistive designs, and field conditions that affect fire resistance.  How to determine the fire resistance of older constriction (e.g. historic structures) will also be reviewed. The concepts of flame spread, flame spread testing, and field conditions affecting application of interior finishes will be discussed.

Seminar Length: One or two days.

Materials: Each participant will receive a participant workbook. Participants should bring copies of the building code they use.

Who Should Attend?   

  • Architects

  • Engineers

  • Plans reviewers

  • Building inspectors


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Furniture Arrangements for Interior Designers

This seminar will discuss requirements for table and chair arrangements such as in restaurants, meeting rooms, and convention centers. The rules for office furniture placement, including office cubicles, will be included. Requirements of NFPA 101, Life Safety Code, and the International Building Code® (IBC) will be used for exercises to practice application of code requirements.

Seminar Length: One day.

Materials: Each participant will receive a participant workbook and a copy of NFPA 101, Life Safety Code.

Who Should Attend?   

  • Interior designers

  • Architects

  • Facility managers

  • Safety personnel


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Interior Finish, Fire Resistance and Furniture Combustibility

This one-day seminar will cover the testing procedures for interior finish materials including ASTM E-84 and NFPA 701.  It will also include the code requirements of the NFPA Life Safety Code and the International Building Code®.  The tests for fire resistance (ASTM E-119) and how to locate fire resistive designs will also be presented.  The attendees will learn how to determine code requirements and evaluate materials.

Seminar Length: One day.

Materials: Each participant will receive a participant workbook, including reference materials.

Who Should Attend?   

  • Interior designers

  • Architects

  • Facility managers

  • Safety personnel


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Spray Finishing & Dip Tanks

This seminar will cover the requirements of NFPA 33, Standard for Spray Applications Using Flammable and Combustible Materials and the applicable OSHA requirements. Requirements of NFPA 34, Dip Tanks and the OSHA requirements in 1910 will be incuded.

Seminar Length: One day

Materials: Each participant will receive a copy of NFPA 33 Standard for Application Using Flammable or Combustible Materials, NFPA 34 Standard for Dipping and Coating Processes using Flammable or Combustible Liquids, the OSHA subparts applicable to spray finishing and dip tanks, and a participant workbook.

Who Should Attend?  Anyone responsible for spray finishing or dip tank operations and those responsible for inspecting facilities with spray finishing or dip tanks operations.


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General Fire Protection for Industry

This seminar will review the basic means of egress requirements, operating principles and code requirements for sprinklers, fire alarm systems, fixed extinguishing systems, and portable fire extinguishers. OSHA subpart E “Exit Routes” and subpart L “Fire Protection” will be included as well as sections of the Life Safety Code and the International Building Code® (IBC).

Seminar Length: Three days

Materials:
Each participant will receive a copy of NFPA 101, Life Safety Code, a copy of the NFPA book Fire Protection Systems – Inspection, Test, and Maintenance and a participant workbook.

Who Should Attend?

Anyone responsible for:

  • Fire protection in industry
  • Facility management
  • Maintenance
  • Design of industrial facilities
  • Fire inspection
     

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Flammable Liquids and Laboratory Fire Safety

This seminar will include a review of NFPA 30, Flammable & Combustible Liquids Code with the primary emphasis on the storage and handling of flammable and combustible liquids. Also included will be a review of NFPA 45, Standard for Laboratories Using Chemicals.

Seminar Length: Two days

Materials: Each participant will receive a copy of NFPA 30, Flammable and Combustible Liquids Code and NFPA 45, Standard for Laboratories Using Chemicals, and a participant workbook.

Who Should Attend?

Anyone responsible for:

  • Fire safety in laboratories
  • Fire inspection personnel
  • Laboratory facility managers
     

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Portable Fire Extinguishers

This seminar will include a review of NFPA 10, Standard for Portable Fire Extinguishers including the types and classification of fire extinguishers, the placement of fire extinguishers, inspection, maintenance, and testing requirements, and OSHA requirements in 1910.157.

Seminar Length: One day

Materials: Each participant will receive a copy of NFPA 10, Standard for Portable Fire Extinguishers and a participant workbook.

Who Should Attend?

Anyone responsible for the placement, inspection, or management of portable fire extinguishers.


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International Building Code® (IBC)

This seminar will introduce participants to the International Building Code®. This course will include basic code organization, classification of occupancies, building construction, fire resistive construction, means of egress, and fire protection systems.

Seminar Length: Two days

Materials: Each participant will receive a copy of the International Building Code® (IBC) and a participant manual. Exercises will be used to reinforce code usage.

Who Should Attend?

Anyone responsible for the design, plan review, and inspection of new construction using the IBC.


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NFPA 5000, Building Construction and Safety Code

This seminar will introduce participants to the NFPA Building Construction and Safety Code, NFPA 5000®. The course  includes basic code organization, classification of occupancies, building construction, fire resistive construction, means of egress, and fire protection systems.

Seminar Length: Two days

Materials: Each participant will receive a copy of NFPA 5000®, Building Construction and Safety Code® and a participant manual. Exercises will be used to reinforce code usage.

Who Should Attend?

Anyone responsible for the design, plan review, and inspection of new construction using NFPA 5000.


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NFPA 1, Uniform Fire Code ™

This seminar will review requirements of NFPA 1, the Uniform Fire Code. It will include code organization, how extracts from other codes are used, and some of the more often used chapters of the code.

Seminar Length: Three days

Materials: Each participant will receive a copy of NFPA 1 and a participant workbook. Exercises will be used to reinforce code usage.

Who Should Attend?

Anyone responsible for enforcing NFPA 1 or facility and safety personnel in localities where NFPA 1 is used.
 


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