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Inspections mandatory for all DoD facilities

WASHINGTON (CN) – March 21, 2011 – Defense Department facilities, infrastructure and equipment provided by private military contractors such as KBR, DynCorp, and Fluor Corporation, overseas, are to be inspected for safety and habitability, under rules adopted under the National Defense Authorization Act.

According to the rules, prior to use, the facilities should be “brought into compliance with generally accepted standards for the safety and health of personnel to the maximum extent practicable consistent with the requirements of military operations and the best interests of the agency.”

Contracts will require compliance with the Unified Facilities Criteria 1-200-01 to meet generally accepted standards for fire protection, structural integrity, electrical systems, plumbing, water treatment, waste disposal, and telecommunications networks.

The rules apply to each contract, including task or delivery orders, entered into for the construction, installation, repair, maintenance, or operation of facilities, infrastructure, and equipment for use by Defense Department military or civilian personnel.

The rules were effective in 2010, in temporary form, and have now been adopted permanently.

Click HERE for original article and click HERE to read this regulation.

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8 Comments

  1. Comment by RandyJ:

    I doubt any of these regs will apply to my b-hut…

  2. Comment by Optimus Prime:

    Pretty standard stuff. This is why we follow NEC 2008 and other applicable safety standards. The problems arise when people illegally splice into the panel boxes, use improper adapters and transformers that are not grounded internally or do not allow for a proper ground period and daisy chain electrical equipment or overload outlets. If you can stop the soildier, contractors, SOC and state department employees from doing this, it would make it safer. Over 90% of the TF SAFE investigated incidents I have seen have been improper adapters or improper transformers used by the military and SOC employees.

    • Comment by Ms Sparky:

      You may try to follow them now. That was always a requirement but not enforced until late 2008 after several Congressional hearings shined a light on that disaster. They are still not being followed. Not all the equipment coming in is UL or CE rated. Not all the people making the installations are licensed. Unlicensed HCN’s and FN’s are still doing electrical installations in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

  3. Comment by Optimus Prime:

    I forgot to add that most of the illegal adapters and transformers are being purchased at the Haji markets (transformers and adapters)and the PX (adapters). Zing Hua, I probably spelled it wrong are a type of transformer that is not internally bonded and grounded. These are found all over the Southern Iraq AO, G & T Sites.

  4. Comment by Sarman70:

    As for NFPA 70 (NEC), yes it is and has been enforced for some time now since the Iraq electrocution deaths, however NFPA 72 (Life safety systems) which covers fire alarm systems and the certifications required to inspect, maintain, install these systems isn’t followed up on by any authority what so ever (ACO’s, USACE, or any private contractor installing or performing building maintenance). Look at damage estimates alone in Bagram Air Field due to fire. They have rolled the dice long enough and luckily no one has been hurt or killed however it’s just a matter of time. My company has been bidding and bidding projects there but only foreign unlicensed company’s are getting contracts as they can work unlicensed putting in inadequete/non-functional systems at a 1/4 what a US veteran owned company can. I’m still trying to figure how this “flies”. Hood Suppression systems, gas detection systems, fire alarm and mass notification systems are in complete disarray. I really think the IG should be looking at the USACE and why a fire protection engineer is not on staff in one the the largest US base in LOGCAP (BAF).

    • Comment by Ms Sparky:

      I totally agree with you there. I am tired of our tax dollars going to foreign companies who deliver an inferior when American companies hiring Americans work to a higher standard. And that’s the facts. The level of education and training is higher in the States. Where is the DoDIG on that?

      • Comment by Sarman70:

        US fire code (NFPA 72) dictates in order to even touch these systems you must be State, nationally or factory certified or certified by UL, FM, or other reconized testing laboratories. What happens is USACE contracts specifcally state this is a requirement, but it is never enforced for any contractor in country for installations, testing or maintenance. This being said we have now lowered the minimum standard for safety for our service members. A US base is as soverign territory as any US city and SHALL be kept to the same building and maintenance standards as any major stucture would in the US.

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