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NFPA 730 Public Comments Closing Soon - Needs Immediate Action

Posted By Jeaneen Bengtson, Wednesday, November 07, 2012

The pending change of "NFPA 730: Guide for Premises Security” to "NFPA730: Premises Security Code” opens up several major concerns for the Electronic Security Association (ESA). Those concerns include the following areas: Administrative, Economic Impact, System Design Criteria and development of training programs for Security Vulnerability Assessment (SVA) procedures.

The SVA would introduce a significant upfront cost as well as recurring expenses to building owners and tenants to maintain the code requirements. This additional burden would have an undesirable impact on business owners, who could choose not to purchase a security solution for the protected premises.  

Decisions on design and solutions should not be determined by a government mandate and are best decided by property owners and solution providers. Rather than becoming a code, ESA strongly suggests that this document fall back to a "guide” in which NFPA allows the business owner to make an informed decision on the best overall security solution, inclusive of property and people.  

ESA’s comments are focused on how this affects the electronic security industry, but the impact of this proposed code would have far-reaching implications. NFPA 730 would affect all areas of the building (i.e. outdoor, environmental, employees, deliveries, lighting, trees, etc.) in a negative manner.

If you are concerned and agree that this should not be a standard but remain a guideline you must submit your comments to NFPA before November 16, 2012.  If you are an NFPA member you can login with your member ID and password through this link to submit your comment: http://submittals.nfpa.org/TerraViewWeb/ViewerPage.jsp?id=730.ditamap&draft=true&toc=false

You may also log on as a guest to submit a comment.  You do NOT need to be a member of the NFPA to file a comment.

Your support on this matter is critical. Please do not delay, closing date is November 16, 2012.

Tags:  NFPA  NFPA 730 

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