How Working with a Fireproofing Contractor Will Ensure Your Safety and Compliance Requirements Are Met
Regulatory bodies like the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) outline and dictate the various fire codes facilities must meet to continue operating. While it’s important to know a thing or two about the requirements relevant for your building, you have plenty on your plate as it is. As such, it’s more efficient to work with a knowledgeable fireproofing contractor that can keep your facility up to code and up to date. Let’s explore how working with a fireproofing contractor will help ensure all your fire safety and compliance requirements are met (and stay that way).
Familiar with Your Facility
When it comes to protecting your facility from flames and keeping it compliant, you don’t want to hire just any fireproofing provider. Taking the time to research a contractor with whom you can build a relationship is worth the effort. After all, you want your fireproofing contractor to know your facility as well as you do. By working closely with your provider this way, they’ll gain an intimate understanding of your building’s unique needs and challenges, pointing out problems in a timely manner, deploying optimal strategies to resolve them, and reducing potential downtime — they’ll also know which type of fireproof paint protects your surfaces and what to do should it begin to deteriorate.
Periodic Inspections and Maintenance
Your fireproof contractor shouldn’t just be well-versed in applying and repairing fireproof coatings — they should also know how to conduct thorough inspections to keep your facility in line with all necessary regulations. Indeed, fireproofing is only one arm of your facility’s fire safety and compliance protocols. You must also pay attention to other fire prevention systems (both active and passive), such as smoke detectors, alarms, extinguishers, sprinklers, ventilation systems, and more. Qualified fireproof contractors know how to properly examine each of these fire safety components periodically to mitigate safety hazards, ensure your building is always up to code, and develop and adjust maintenance plans.
Multitude of Service Offerings
Just as there’s no single way to protect your facility from fire (it involves a variety of strategies and equipment), there’s no single method of fireproofing your surfaces. Different fireproofing materials and application methods may be better suited in certain contexts, and your contractors must have the resources and knowledge to deploy their strategies accordingly. Cementitious fireproofing, for instance, is more effective in dry areas, whereas intumescent coatings can endure in more humid environments and offer a greater degree of protection overall. Fireproof coatings can also be sprayed on or applied via brush or roller depending on the surface in question. Your fireproofing contractor should also provide fireproof patching services so that any damaged or destroyed fireproof coatings are quickly repaired or replaced to keep your building safe and up to code.
Keeping your building protected from fires and compliance issues is no small task, but it’s imperative for the safety of your people and your business. Working with an experienced, comprehensive fireproofing contractor like Kaloutas will relieve you of this burden and allow you to focus on what you do best with added peace of mind. To learn more about us and all that we do, contact us online or give us a call at 978−532−1414 today.