Expertise

Fire Code Compliance & Life Safety

Experts you can trust
Experts you can trust

Passive fire protection systems and life safety systems within the buildings of industries we serve are critical for the safety of everyone in the building, protection of the property, and code compliance by regulatory agencies. Yet, without a partner with expertise and in-depth knowledge of the elements that make up passive fire protection systems, the code requirements surrounding these systems, and what is expected by your AHJ, it can be difficult and cumbersome for anyone in charge of building maintenance to keep their facility or facilities safe and compliant. Depending on the industry and your facility, the penalties associated with non-compliance can result in hefty fines, loss of funding, or even loss of life during a fire-related emergency.  

Barrier Compliance Services works with engineers, building owners, facility managers, and property managers nationwide regularly; we understand the demand that ongoing fire code compliance and life safety inspections and repairs take on a busy facility. As a leading fire code compliance and life safety service provider, we hold numerous certifications and are considered a top-tier firestop company with all major manufacturers. Our staff consists of highly trained and qualified fire and life safety code experts who are well versed in both the complexities and the nuances of fire code compliance and life safety services.

Our Areas of Expertise

Assessments  |  Inspections  |  Documentation  |  Installations  |  Repairs  |  Remediation
We are fire, smoke and combination damper experts
Fire, Smoke, and Combination Dampers
In the event of a fire or smoke-related emergency, dampers limit building damage and reduce the risk of danger to people within the facility by constricting the flow of air from the source of the fire and mitigating the spread of smoke from the source. Fire, smoke, and combination dampers are critical elements of passive fire protection systems and should not be overlooked.

Barrier Compliance Services has substantial experience with inspecting, testing, and repairing fire dampers, smoke dampers, and fire and smoke combination dampers. Our highly skilled technicians locate and service dampers throughout a variety of facilities within the industries we serve, using our proprietary HEPA-filtered Solution mobile containment units throughout the project to ensure that debris and dust are controlled. 

Contact us today to begin planning your preventative fire damper compliance program to ensure compliance and safety within your facilities.
Fire and Smoke-Rated Doors
Fire-rated and smoke-rated doors are essential elements of a building's passive fire protection system; they are built to slow or prevent the spread of fire and smoke in the event of a fire-related emergency. Unfortunately, it's not uncommon for regular everyday use of a rated door to damage the door or its frame causing deficiencies. When these deficiencies go unnoticed, they often lead to unplanned repair costs, compliance gaps, or worse during a fire emergency.

At Barrier Compliance Services, our highly skilled door technicians have extensive experience with inspecting, documenting and repairing fire-rated and smoke-rated doors. Our turnkey approach paired with our preventative maintenance door programs keeps our customer's facilities safe and compliant, reduces the risk of unplanned repair costs, and saves the facility money year-over-over.
We are fire-rated and smoke-rated doors experts
Firestopping on a 2 hour fire rated wall within a facility
Firestopping | Fire & Smoke-Rated Barriers
Maintaining fire-rated barriers within a facility is essential for mitigating the spread of fire and smoke during a fire-related emergency. However, construction improvements and equipment installations can make keeping up with penetrations in need of firestopping difficult for building maintenance leaders in a variety of industries.

Our highly skilled Hilti and STI certified technicians use appropriate materials and UL systems to correct fire-wall penetrations according to NFPA and IFC codes and provide detailed reports including photo documentation of all completed work. Additionally, our preventative maintenance programs help ensure that your facility stays safe and compliant by addressing issues that occur between inspections, saving you money year-over-year by reducing repair costs.
Sprinkler Line Issues
In 2016, CMS issued clarifying guidelines for sprinkler line systems and cable management around those systems within facilities of the healthcare industry based on the NFPA code. Per NFPA, "sprinkler piping shall not be subjected to external loads by materials either resting on the pipe or hung from the pipe.”  Incidental contact of cables on sprinkler piping is considered a deficiency by CMS and enforcement of these standards within the healthcare environment has become significant.

At Barrier Compliance Services, we help hospitals and facilities within the industries we serve design and put in place clear policies and procedures for sprinkler systems and above ceiling cable management. As part of our preventative cable management program, we conduct regular spot checks to ensure above-ceiling cables are being managed according to NFPA code and CMS standards.
Cable management with j-hooks in a facility's above ceiling space
Ceiling tile and grid replacement project performed by BCS
Ceiling Tile Replacement
Ceiling tile and ceiling tile grid replacement is most commonly performed within buildings for patient or customer satisfaction and facility aesthetics. Ceiling tiles and grids are especially important for facilities within the healthcare industry. It's common for hospital patients to spend a significant time laying on their back during their hospital stay; if they have to look at unappealing ceilings with water stains, or chips and cracks, it can greatly affect their overall satisfaction with their stay. Additionally, ceilings in healthcare settings can affect how well patients sleep and recover, the room's overall acoustics and lighting, and more.

When Barrier Compliance Services replaces ceiling tiles and grids within facilities, we take care to ensure infection control measures are in place throughout the project, as well as, look to identify code deficiencies in the above ceiling space while it is open and coordinate repairs of any found issues with the facility and trade staff.
Ligature Risk Solutions
Hospitals and behavioral health facilities must ensure all ligature and self-harm risks within the facility are identified and reduced as much as possible for patient safety. Patients considering suicide or self-harm are at a greater risk of harming themselves if there are convenient ligature-risk points in their environment. The first step towards anti-ligature compliance is identifying the risks within your facility. We'll perform an audit of your facility to identify and list ligature deficiencies for correction. Once the facility's deficiencies have been identified, we'll work with the facility to identify acceptable solutions for repairs.
Complete bathroom remodel completed by BCS for a behavioral health facility
Photoluminescent installation performed by BCS in a facility stairwell
Photoluminescent Installation
Photoluminescent egress markers and signage are designed to illuminate exit paths and doors without electricity in the event of a fire or smoke emergency, making it easier for people within the building to escape quickly and safely. IBC and IFC codes require that buildings that have floors that are located more than 75 feet above the lowest level of a fire department vehicle must have luminous egress path markings in place that outline exit paths. Barrier Compliance Services’ PL egress services range from initial product consultations to installations and are performed according to IBC and IFC codes, and CMS adopted NFPA standards.
HVAC Systems Restoration & Air Duct Cleaning 
HVAC systems and air ducts are important and necessary components of buildings within every industry we serve. However, HVAC systems and air ducts that are not cleaned regularly and properly, continuously collect dust and debris, allowing HVAC systems to become a prime source for the growth of bacteria, mold, and other toxins that are harmful to the air you breathe, as well as unpleasant odors. This is especially harmful in healthcare environments. Not only do dirty HVAC systems and air ducts have a negative impact on the air within a building, they often lead to higher energy costs due to the system becoming less efficient as dust and debris build up over time.
Cleaned air duct
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