Damper Survey, Software & Remediation

Damper Survey, Software & Remediation

We offer a comprehensive inspection and repair service.

The Joint Commission (TJC) as well as local Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) require that healthcare facilities perform periodic inspections of fire, smoke and combination dampers for proper function and operability. For healthcare occupancies, the damper inspection/testing requirement has been moved by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) from NFPA 90A to NFPA 80 and NFPA 105, and has extended the frequencies from at least once every four years to at least once every six years. The four year inspection/testing frequency will remain for business, ambulatory and residential treatment occupancies. Effective July 1, 2007, The Joint Commission will adopt: Section 19.4.1.1, of Chapter 19, Installation, Testing and Maintenance of Fire Dampers of the 2007 edition of the NFPA 80, Standard for Fire Doors and Other Protectives; and Section 6.5.2, of Chapter 6, Installation, Testing and Maintenance of Smoke Dampers of the 2007 edition of the NFPA 105, NFPA 80, Section 19.4.1.1 states, “The [fire damper] test and inspection frequency shall then be every 4 years, except in hospitals, where the frequency shall be every 6 years.” NFPA 105, Section 6.5.2 states, “Each [smoke] damper shall be tested and inspected one year after installation. The [smoke damper] test and inspection frequency shall then be every 4 years, except in hospitals, where the frequency shall be every 6 years.”

TSIG Consulting, Inc. (TSIG) recognizes the intent of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Life Safety Code of maintaining 100% operability of the dampers. To meet this intent, TSIG offers an inspection and repair service which includes:

  • Follow Hospital infection control guidelines and provide dust control as required.
  • Work with your hospital staff to make certain the work is coordinated, especially on patient floors. For electronically controlled dampers, we will perform the inspection with your fire alarm vendor.
  • Check for proper operation of each damper by actuating the damper mechanism. Our surveyors actuate, and visually inspect operations.
  • Lubricate and/or adjust each damper as necessary.
  • Fusible link are inspected for signs of wear and replaced as required.
  • Hardware (springs, clips, hooks, louvers, linkage, rods etc) are inspected.
  • Check for excessive dirt, dust, rust or foreign matter.
  • Check condition of surrounding ductwork for damage.
  • Any unsafe conditions observed during the survey are immediately reported to the facilities department.
  • Photograph every damper and tag the damper with a unique ID number.
  • Each damper surveyed is placed on the AutoCAD floor plans reflecting the ID number of the damper.
  • Final report is prepared electronically for each damper tested with careful notation on its operability and accessibility.
  • Inaccessible dampers are tagged –
    • requiring an access panel
    • more than a arms reach way
    • occluded by layers utilities
  • Software application for the damper survey including location, type, size, condition, date inspected, photograph, etc. is provided.

Once the damper survey is performed, TSIG works with qualified contractors to address each of the inoperable dampers. We repair in place by replacing a faulty actuator, motor, or mechanism or perform a complete replacement. Our team can make the necessary repairs and provide documentation certifying that the repaired or replaced dampers function as designed.

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