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Authorities and Requirements

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Other Organizations

In essence, the codes and standards that outline the requirements for the installation of a fire alarm system are the “specifications” for the system. They may not specify equipment and exact methods, but they will always outline the final installation goal or product that is to be achieved.

Besides the local AHJ and the insurance companies, other organizations may have very specific standards to which they want a fire alarm system installed. Some of these organizations are:
United States government facilities, such as the Department of Defense and the Veteran’s Administration Hospital accreditation organizations Military branches, such as the Army and Navy Departments of LaborThe U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) or similar state or local organizations are AHJs where industrial facilities are operating. The Department of Labor in many jurisdictions will be the AHJ that issues rules for a safe work place.
These agencies, and those that are similar, may write their own specifications in the form of codes and standards that will be used for installations in their facilities. More often than not, their requirements are more stringent than those found in the universally adopted codes and standards.

It is the responsibility of the designer and the installer to recognize that there may be different applications, codes, standards or specifications for different organizations.
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