SAFTSE 2016 Resolutions

I have one New Year’s resolution, to develop standards of reasonable care that surpass the model code regulations. Our conversations cannot dwell in the past but must outline how safety will be the norm today and in the future.

I will begin by calling my New Year’s Resolution The SAFTSE Business Plan. We should treat our business plan as a revolving document that should be kept current as our association develops. This involves a  review of our plan to factor in changes in IFC code models, clarifying current IFC codes, state and local changes in fire codes and permits, and other factors. The timing and frequency of the updates will be defined by a collaboration between tent rental companies, event planners, and AHJ’s.
We will begin building our Business Plan by creating a list.

  • A new website design.
    • We are partnering with Elegant Themes to develop a versatile, magazine-like layout that caters to a variety of blogs and online publications using Elegant Themes’ robust customization options that will allow us to produce unique post feeds with a focus on social interaction and user engagement.
  • A conversation about the phrase“Best Practices.”
    • The phrase “Best Practices” is becoming less vital and is being replaced with the phrase  “Standard of Reasonable Care.” The definition of “Standard of Reasonable Care” defined by Dictionary Law the watchfulness, attention, caution and prudence that a reasonable person in the circumstances would exercise. If a person’s actions do not meet this standard of care, then his/her acts fail to meet the duty of care which all people (supposedly) have toward others. Failure to meet the standard is negligence, and any damages resulting therefrom may be claimed in a lawsuit by the injured party. The problem is that the “standard” is often a subjective issue upon which reasonable people can differ.
  • Developing a “Common Body of Knowledge” (CBK).
    • When an event is viewed from an operational standpoint, it becomes apparent that there are several safety categories into which a standard of reasonable care may fall, known as the Common Body of Knowledge (CBK). Safety, regulations, installation, and “Standard of Reasonable Care” will be defined as the areas or fundamentals that make up the documents for our CBK.
  • Developing relationships between tent rental companies, AHJ’S, Fire Associations, Event Planners, and Special Events Association.
    • Within this group assemble a Common Body of Knowledge which is accessible to resolve and define safety issues.  By developing this relationship, we all benefit by enhancing and raising the bar on safety for any size event.
  • Participating and Monitoring ICC 2018 Code Cycle.
    • The International Fire Code provisions provide many benefits, among which is the model code development process that offers an international forum for fire safety professionals to discuss performance and prescriptive code requirements. This forum provides an excellent arena to debate proposed revisions. This model code also encourages international consistency in the application of provisions. Reference ICC 2018 Code Cycle
  • Defining the value of standards.
    • Standards ensure that products and services are safe, reliable and of good quality. For the Special Event companies, they are strategic tools that reduce costs by minimizing time and errors and increasing productivity. Standards help Special Event companies to access current safety procedures which levels the playing field between competing vendors and facilitates that safety is a priority, not a luxury.

This is just the beginning of The SAFTSE Business Plan. There is one issue that is not on our list because it will never be completed but will always be in perpetual motion an open conversation about the value of safety. As we progress thru the current and future IFC code cycles the Special Event companies and AHJ’S have an obligation to continue an open dialogue on how to develop standards of reasonable care that surpass the model code regulations.

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