Focus Article - Do I Operate a Group H Occupancy

The use and storage of hazardous materials in any structure can introduce your operations to a number of regulatory and permitting requirements. One of the most overlooked and misunderstood requirements is how hazardous materials utilization impacts the Building and Fire Code occupancy classification of your facility.
The model building codes in the United States establish strict requirements for the use hazardous materials through the occupancy classification process. These codes rely on the accurate determination of high-hazard, or Group H, occupancy designation to ensure proper building features are provided for occupant and facility safety. The intent of the building codes are not to require the classification of every hazardous material use as a high-hazard occupancy, but rather to apply thresholds that divide any traditional occupancy groups from a Group H occupancy.