Do I Operate a Group H Occupancy? How Hazardous Materials Use and Storage Impacts Facility Occupancy Classification Webinar Video

The use and storage of hazardous materials in any structure can introduce facilities to several regulatory and permitting requirements. One of the most overlooked requirements is how hazardous materials utilization impacts a facility’s Building Code occupancy classification.
Model building codes in the United States establish strict requirements for hazardous materials through the occupancy classification process. These codes rely on the accurate determination of Group H occupancy designation to ensure proper building features are provided for occupant, facility, and emergency responder safety. Building codes don’t require the classification of every hazardous material use as a high-hazard occupancy, but rather apply thresholds that divide any traditional occupancy groups from a Group H occupancy.
This webinar provides an overview of the model building codes used in the United States and describes a three-step process to ensure accurate classification. A case study featuring significant building code occupancy changes spurred by what appear to be minor facility use changes during the COVID-19 pandemic will be featured, including the conversion of non-hazardous operations to manufacture hand sanitizer.
Learning Objectives:
  • Describe the Role of Occupancy Classification in the Model Building & Fire Code
  • Awareness of the Implications of Group H (High Hazard) Occupancy Classification
  • Understanding the 3-step Process Used to Accurately Classify Occupancies with Haz Mat
    • Characterize the Hazardous Material(s) planned or Used
    • Determine Use Category for Each Hazardous Material
    • Properly Account for the Quantity of Hazardous Material
  • Awareness of New Occupancy Classification Challenges facing Facilities Handling Combustible Dust