For construction crews to work onsite and meet construction safety regulations, the Boston Fire Department (BFD) must approve construction materials, so it’s important that you understand what you need to do to in order to get permitted and what needs to be approved.
How To Get BFD Approval
In Boston Proper it’s up to you, the contractor, to have fire retardant products approved by the Boston Fire Department. You can do this by bringing a 3″x3″ sample, which you can obtain from Pro Tool and Supply, along with a completed application for materials to the BFD at the following location:
Boston Fire Department
Fire Prevention Division
1010 Massachusetts Avenue 4th Floor
Boston, MA 02118
BFD requires that contractors submit 3 things before you’ll be approved for use on all local jobs:
- A material sample of at least 3”x3”
- A manufacturing spec sheet
- and the permit application.
Numerous product types were approved last year, so that will quicken the process, but each contractor must apply for 2016. One permit per item, scaffold tarp, or floor protection product covers all contractor sites for one year. If you applied in January or February 2015, you’re approved until January 1st, 2016.
We’ve Got You Covered
At Pro Tool and Supply, we’ve got you covered with several interior and exterior job site products that are BFD-approved. Most of these products perform two functions:
- Provide a protective barrier that keeps workers safe from flames.
- Protect surfaces and enclosures from fire damage.
The flame-retardant products we carry provide a guaranteed level of protection and are constructed to meet or exceed federal guidelines for construction safety. Consequently, they already meet many fire department standards including the Boston Fire Department codes. Our products are manufactured to pass BFD specification’s but each contractor must get permitted for their jobsites.
Here are just a few of the pre-approved items in our product lines.
- Monarflex Scaffold Wrap – made of flame-retardant polypropylene with an open-weave design that reduces pressure on high structure scaffolds.
- Eagle Enclosures Scaf-Lite – premium grade string reinforced poly sheeting that handles well in extreme low and high temperatures.
- Eagle Enclosures FR Tarps – easy-to-install coated woven polyethylene with reinforced edges and grommets every three feet.
- FR Poly Sheeting from Poly America and Eagle Enclosures – made of string reinforced or woven reinforced polyethylene film for maximum protection.
- FR Kraft Paper (Holland Manufacturing) – Blue Shield floor protection that provides durability and moisture protection.
- Surface Shield FR Covershield – durable rolls that protect floors from spills, debris, and scratches while providing a flame-retardant layer.
- Scofield Products DuraCover – a multi-ply, textured floor membrane made of a non-woven polypropylene geotextile that provides protection from traffic and resists oil and petroleum-based compounds and high p/H compounds.
If you have specific questions about our flame-retardant supplies or you need more information about Boston Fire Department construction safety regulations, ask one of our experts or give us a call at 1-888-776-0007 today.