NFPA Building Safety and Security Workshop

National Fire Protection Association Building Safety and Security Workshop
A May 2018 summary of the NFPA event

Comprehensive safety and security protocols must address two sets of needs for building occupants: fire safety (generally referred to in this document as “safety”) and safety from a hostile actor (generally referred to in this document as “security”). Finding the optimal balance between these equally critical—yet sometimes contradictory—areas remains challenging. Seeking solutions, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) held the Building Safety and Security Workshop May 10–11, 2018, in Quincy, Massachusetts. The workshop brought together a diverse group of stakeholders to focus on targeted violence events and help prioritize the next layers of “security safety” to be written into codes, planning documents, and related outreach
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The 2018 workshop purpose was to identify and underscore competing objectives of safety and security. Participants reviewed the current building, life safety, and fire code provisions for elements such as egress and systems design, then identified new solutions, strategies, and building features.

Read the full report.