ESA wants to
alert the industry to potential negative issues that may result from a change
of NFPA 730 from a guideline for Premises Security to a code. We are asking
you to provide input during this important public comment period, which
ends this Friday, Nov. 16.
Please speak out against this change before
it becomes permanent!
The change of "NFPA 730: Guide for Premises
Security” to "NFPA 730: Premises Security Code” presents major concerns in
a number of areas, including administration, economic impact, system design
criteria and development of training programs for Security Vulnerability
Assessment (SVA) procedures. The new proposed code wording replaces the word
"should" with "shall," effectively transforming the
guideline into a requirement.
opinion (along with a number of other groups such as CSAA and SIA), the change
in status from a guideline to a code would create a mandate that would trigger
unreasonable cost increases in installations. For example, the SVA would
introduce a significant upfront cost as well as recurring expenses to building
owners and tenants in order to maintain code requirements. This additional
burden would have an undesirable impact on business owners, who could choose
not to purchase a security solution for the premises.
industry's leading association, we believe that decisions regarding designs and
solutions should not be determined by government mandate, but rather by
property owners and solution providers. Rather than becoming a code, ESA
strongly recommends that this document remain as a guideline in which NFPA
allows the business owner to make an informed decision regarding the best
overall security solution, inclusive of property and people.
If you are
concerned and agree that this should not be a code but remain a guideline, you
have two choices for providing your input:
out the forms at the bottom, fill them out and fax them to the information
at the bottom of each form.
can log directly into the NFPA website to submit your comments:
You do NOT need to be
a member of the NFPA to file a comment. You are also permitted to log on as a guest. To help with your
comment, you may use the forms that have been attached to this email, which
have been partially filled out. Instructions for mail/email submission are on
the form as well as a phone number for NFPA staff assistance.
about NFPA 730 is available at http://www.nfpa.org/AboutTheCodes/AboutTheCodes.asp?DocNum=730
the time to speak out against the potentially harmful change in regulations
before the public comment period expires on Friday.
NFPA 730 Public Comment 1.1.1
NFPA 730 Public Comment 1.1
NFPA 730 Public Comment 1.2
NFPA 730 Public Comment 1.3
NFPA 730 Public Comment 1.4