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Re: GSBN: re fire safety was Ecohouse


Nehemiah Stone

> [Original Message]
> From: Marcus marcus1@...
> To: GSBN GSBN@...
> Date: 1/19/2007 10:33:24 AM
> Subject: Re: GSBN: re fire safety was Ecohouse
> I'd be pretty leery of attempting to put workplace safety
> regulations in building codes. Just coming up with
> appropriate wording to cover all situations but not be too
> restrictive would be a challenge. For example it's common on
> many jobs to use angle grinders with a Lancelot blade to
> dress straw walls, openings and such. Would an over zealous
> building inspector shut down the job..?
> As Nehemiah mentioned there are workplace safety regulations
> apart from building codes. As Brian mentioned it is common
> to put notes on construction drawings that cover some safety
> issues although I doubt if building inspectors really look
> for compliance.
> Fire safety is a serious issue - especially with straw but
> building codes seem to be concerned with the health and
> safety of the occupants not the builders. Property damage
> issues can be covered contractually with safety notes on
> construction drawings, in the building contract or both.
> Perhaps it would be helpful to suggest some "boiler plate"
> wording that could be used as is or modified to fit
> individual projects. Here's a sample from one job:
> "Raising straw bale walls generates extensive loose straw,
> which is a fire hazard. The contractor shall continuously
> sweep the jobsite clean of loose straw and shall maintain
> fire extinguishers and/or working hoses within easy reach to
> quell fires."
> This could be expanded to include how to deal with processes
> that use open flame or create sparks. Not so much to
> prohibit their use but to stipulate conditions of use.
> Marcus
> billc wrote:
> > Do the codes typically address the construction process
> > as well?
> >
> > If so, I'd suggest language prohibiting use of grinders,
> > welders, propane torches, smoking, and other sources of
> > ignition within X distance of any exposed straw including
> > loose straw on the ground unless certain safety
> > conditions were met.  (for instance, some plumbing joints
> > may need to be soldered but there are insulating
> > materials which can be put behind and above the joint to
> > prevent ignition, and a water hose can be turned on and
> > ready).