Office of Environmental Health and Safety
Building Construction Types: Buildings and structures erected or to be erected, altered or extended in height or area shall be classified in one of the five construction types defined in the International Building Code.
Certified Technician: Individuals who have met competency requirements (through education or years of experience) and have passed an exam process verifying their knowledge, skills and ability to install and/or perform a service on a specific type of hardware, equipment or system.
Fire: Any instance of open flame or other burning in a place not intended to contain the burning or in an uncontrolled manner.
Fire Doors: A type of door used as part of the passive fire protection system within the building to prevent the spread of fire or smoke between separate sections or floors. This building is equipped with both self-closing fire doors that must be kept closed at all times and doors held open by magnets. The magnetic holders release the doors, allowing them to close when the building fire alarm sounds.
Fire (evacuation) Drill: A mandatory-supervised practice evacuation of a building for a fire or other emergency requiring the building to be vacated.
Fire-related Death: Any instance in which a person is killed as a result of a fire, including death resulting from a natural or accidental cause while involved in fire control, attempting rescue, or escaping from the dangers of a fire, or deaths that occur within one (1) year of injuries sustained as a result of the fire.
Fire-related Injury: Any instance in which a person is injured as a result of a fire, including an injury sustained from a natural or accidental cause while involved in fire control, attempting rescue, or escaping from the dangers of the fire. The term person may include students, faculty, staff, visitors, firefighters, or any other individuals. For purposes of this report the injuries sustained must have resulted in treatment at a medical facility, including the Ghering Health and Wellness Center.
Fire Safety System: Any mechanism or system related to the detection of a fire, the warning resulting from a fire, or the control of a fire including: sprinkler or other fire extinguishing systems, fire detection devices, stand-alone smoke alarms, devices that alert one to the presence of a fire, such as horns, bells, or strobe lights, smoke control and reduction mechanisms, and fire doors and walls that reduce the spread of a fire.
Fire Severity: Fires that occur on the Edinboro University campus are classified into four categories, based on value of property damage as well as injuries and/or fatalities related to the incident:
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA): A nonprofit organization whose mission is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating scientifically based consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education.
National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technology (NICET): NICET Inspection and Testing of Water-Based Systems—this certification establishes the competency for those technicians who are engaged in the physical and mechanical aspects of inspection, testing, and maintenance of water-based fire suppression systems.
Passive Fire Protection: Passive fire protection (PFP), despite its name, is always at work. Based on compartmentation of fire and preventing collapse through structural fire resistance, when properly installed and maintained, the building’s passive fire protection can save lives and assets, and the building itself. Examples of passive fire protection are:
Qualified Vendor: A pre-qualified vendor who markets or services third-party products/systems that a manufacturer has authorized, through factory-approved training or other experience, to maintain their products or systems.
Value of Property Damage: The estimated value of the loss of the structure and contents, in terms of the cost of replacement in like kind and quantity, including: contents damaged by fire, related damages caused by smoke, water, and overhaul; however it does not include indirect loss, such as business interruption.