Monday, February 15, 2016

What's your facilities S.C.O.P.E.?


Though I have conducted, and written about, extensive risk assessment processes, there are times and situations when a less extensive assessment may be more efficient. While our assessment process provides a detailed picture of a facility, sometimes an overhead, big picture, view is all that is needed.

Utilizing the S.C.O.P.E. acronym a facilities' features and risk can be quickly assessed.  The S.C.O.P.E. sheet is provides a one page overview of a particular building or structure.

Statement of activities
Provide a general narrative of the type of work and activities that are conducted within the structure or facility.
Construction type
Select the construction type as defined in NFPA 220.
Occupancy
Select the occupancy type and calculate the occupant load of the building.
Protection
This space identifies what fire protection and detection systems are in place.
Exposures
The section outlines what is located on the surrounding sides of the building being assessed that may be impacted by a fire. This should also take into account how a fire in an exposure would affect the building being assessed.