Annual Fire and Egress Door Assembly Inspection Program (FDAI)
DHI's Annual Fire and Egress Door Assembly Inspection (FDAI) program is a four-part program combining education, certification, risk management, and advocacy. Through the joint efforts of DHI, INTERTEK, TELCOM and YOUR FOUNDATION together they are committed to advancing life safety within the built environment. Based on NFPA 80, Standard for Fire Doors and Other Opening Protectives (2007 edition), documented inspections for fire-rated door assemblies are required on an annual basis.
Find a Certified Fire and Egress Door Assembly Professional
Inspections must be performed by individuals knowledgeable about the operating components of doors subject to testing. Locate a professional who is certified to perform these inspections.
DHI has created a training program, Fire and Egress Door Assembly Inspection (DAI 600) that provides students with door, frame and hardware product and application knowledge. The program culminates with concentration on NFPA 80’s inspection requirements, including proper documentation practices. This training is open to all interested parties who have met prerequisite industry educational requirements. Upon passing the DAI 600 class exam, students earn the credential FDAI and may conduct fire door inspections.
Take Your FDAI Credential to the Next Level
Differentiate yourself by becoming third-party qualified through Intertek’s Qualified Personnel (IQP) Program.
Intertek has partnered with DHI to ensure this program’s personnel receives the highest level of training and education. After successful completion of DHI’s FDAI Program, you then become eligible to become an IQP - Fire Door Inspector. As an IQP you separate yourself from the competition by going beyond industry requirements and choosing a program with more stringent checks and balances. This certification includes a continuing education and recertification component through DHI, as well as regular audits for quality assurance, indicating a higher level of commitment and differentiation in the market.
To learn more about becoming an IQP visit www.intertek.com/IQP
To assist our industry as they conduct their annual inspections, DHI has created an Inspection Report form that is available to those who have successfully completed the DAI 600 – Fire and Egress Door Assembly Inspection class.
The Inspection Report form will be used to document their inspection(s). Building owners will then be able to keep the necessary paperwork on file in compliance with the new code requirements. The second form, the Model Business Agreement, is a standard document used by the inspector's company with the building owner.
Forms are available only to FDAIs. To learn more, contact DHI at 703/222-2010.
DHI has endorsed Telcom Insurance Services Corporation (TISC) to administer an insurance program for the members of our association offering a full range of insurance coverage including Property and Casualty, Directors and Officers, Employment Practices Liability, and Professional Liability. As a certified fire door inspector, TISC can offer you insurance that specifically covers you for errors and omissions insurance in support of our members and their companies conducting inspections.
The benefits to you, our member, are that:
- DHI co-owns and therefore co-directs with TISC all aspects of the program.
- TISC isn’t just an insurance agent. They are client advocates who will help with all of your insurance-related needs including coverage selection, insurer choice, risk management assistance, contract reviews, and claims monitoring.
Certified professionals who write specifications, design, install, maintain and/or provide consulting advice and guidance on safe door openings, or inspect properties to determine whether that property’s doors or openings are compliant with NFPA 80 regulations may be subject to suits alleging that their services were performed in and unsafe, inappropriate or negligent manner. Monetary damages and court awards arising from these suits can be so severe that the business or professional under attack may never fully recover financially. That is why DHI has included special professional liability coverage in its member insurance program.
For additional information and an insurance quote, call DHI Member Services and we will put you in touch with our partner, Telcom. Or you may reach TISC staff directly:
Sr. Account Executive
The Door Security & Safety Foundation mission is to promote secure and safe openings that enhance life safety through awareness and education to the building design, code authority, and facility management communities. A primary objective within this mission is to support the annual fire/egress door inspection initiative by creating awareness of this important update to the NFPA 80 and 101 standards, and their inclusion in the International Building Code and International Fire Code. Through our educational efforts we help stakeholders understand the code implications and complexity of the products and applications.
Awareness + Education = Advocacy
The Foundation’s online, interactive tutorial is the introduction of this issue for the AHJ community, and is available on a complimentary basis as a primer to the details of completing fire doors inspections. It includes an overview of the eleven important steps of inspection as well understanding the inspection reporting process.
Upon completion of this tutorial, AHJs may choose to purchase additional resource information such as the publications noted below. Most AHJs will also recognize the complexity of the interrelation of doors, hardware, life safety, and security, and may prefer to enlist the assistance of a local Fire Door Assembly Inspector (FDAI) from our FDAI online directory.
For those AHJs seeking additional education the Foundation has a two hour live presentation that dives deeper into the NFPA 80 and NFPA 101 requirements driving the inspection program. This program is delivered by a qualified national representative of the Foundation, often in conjunction with a local FDAI. To learn more about these live presentations contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
If an AHJ would like to pursue the prerequisites and final course to become a credentialed FDAI, contact DHI for more information at email@example.com.
The Door Security & Safety Foundation (formerly the Foundation for the Advancement of Life Safety and Security) leads efforts further awareness and provide education within the fire service community.
In an effort to support the AHJ's mission, and to provide guidance to building owners and facilities management personnel, DHI and the Foundation have joined forces to create a training program specific to the inspection requirements of the 2007 edition of NFPA 80, Standard for Fire Doors and Other Opening Protectives. Excerpted language from NFPA 80 is included in the following manuals, and may be helpful to have as you progress through these guides. (Obtain a copy of NFPA 80 directly from NFPA at www.nfa.org or by calling DHI at 703/222-2010). Examples cited in the following guides are some common but not all problems and situations observed in builders' applications used on fire door assemblies.
Guide to Annual Inspections of Swinging Fire Doors
This guide includes an overview of the requirements in NFPA 80 and NFPA 101 and helps readers understand how and why compliance protects fire door assemblies in buildings. This step-by-step guide gives the AHJ detailed instructions for determining if fire doors comply with NFPA 80 requirements. For the facility manager it clarifies maintenance and inspection requirements of NFPA 80 and describes the owner’s responsibilities for maintaining fire door assemblies in working condition, which is essential for fire and life safety. Chapters include information on inspection cycles, guidelines, reports and record keeping, inspector qualifications, responsibilities and training, performing inspections and sample forms and a glossary of important terms.
Field Reference Digest for Inspecting Swinging Fire Doors
This title helps anyone tasked with performing safety inspections by providing the fundamental level of knowledge and understanding of swinging fire doors with builders hardware and the inspection requirements. Additionally it will assist in determining if they are equipped to perform the inspections and testing, or if they need the services of a professional fire door assembly inspector. Chapters include step-by-step instructions for accurately evaluating swinging fire doors with builders’ hardware, plus explanations of NFPA 80 inspection requirements, inspector qualifications, and performing the functional tests.
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Need to find out if current codes that mandate the annual inspection of fire-rated door assemblies have been adopted in your state? Here are some resources to help you find information pertinent to your locale:
The International Code Council (ICC) develops the codes used to construct residential and commercial buildings—including government buildings, hotels, schools and healthcare. This council also serves as the basis for construction of federal properties around the world, as well in most U.S. cities, counties, and states.
The most relevant codes for the openings industry fall under the International Building Codes (IBC). These codes are used during the construction phase and are referenced until the Certificate of Occupancy is issued. International Fire Codes (IFC) are used for existing buildings.
The 2009 editions of both the IBC and the IFC reference the inspection steps contained in NFPA 80 (2007 edition). If a state has adopted the 2009 version of the IBC or IFC, then, in theory, they could be performing inspections based on enforcement by the local AHJ community.
Links below direct you to interactive resources offered by the International Code Council.
- U.S. Map lists the codes in use for that state. When you click on a state, you will be looking for '2009 International Building Code' and/or '2009 International Fire Code.'
- U.S. Code Adoptions Map highlights codes that are in use for each individual state. Under the IBC column or IFC column you will be looking for the adoption of the '2009 edition.’
Building Code Reference Library
Reed Construction Data offers the "Building Code Reference Library," an excellent resource for determining what specific codes are enforced in a particular state. By selecting an individual state, the most relevant codes for the openings industry fall under the 'Building/Dwelling Code' entry and the 'Fire/Life Safety Code' entry. The 2009 version of the IBC or IFC is the code that determines if fire door inspections are potentially taking place in that state.