184.108.40.206 Surface-applied hardware shall be applied to the door or frame without removing material other than drilling round holes to accommodate cylinders, spindles, similar operational elements, and through-bolts in doors.
220.127.116.11 The holes described in 18.104.22.168 shall not be permitted to exceed a diameter of 1 in. (25.4 mm) with the exception of cylinders.
“Manufacturer's inspection service procedure and under label service” means that if you are not a licensed label facility by the door manufacturer, you cannot modify and or alter the door and frame. Even licensed facilities can only make modifications in the licensed shop.
Any time a new code is introduced like NFPA-80 2007, there is a lag time from two to six years while the individual states review the code for compliance into their state laws. This is the case with NFPA-80 2007 since it introduces the concept of Fire Door Assembly Inspections. This requirement is taking off across the United States.
ICC introduced IFC-2009 that incorporates the Fire Door Assembly aspect of NFPA-80 2007. This requirement puts the burden of inspecting the fire door assemblies in the means of egress on the owner/tenant of the space. Hospitals have been doing this for years and it works great for the code inspectors since they only inspect openings where there is a discrepancy or the paperwork isn't clear.
A fire door assembly inspector is required to have sufficient knowledge of fire door assemblies. There are no required courses in order to become an inspector.
Yes, paperwork needs to be filled out on an annual basis that indicates that a knowledgeable doors, frames, and hardware person inspected the fire door assembly. This person can be someone on the maintenance staff with knowledge in doors, frames, and hardware or the facility can hire an inspector or locksmith. The inspections must be done annually.
The Door and Hardware Institute (www.dhi.org) offers a three-day course to become a Certified Fire Door Assembly Inspector. ALOA (www.aloa.org) will offer a one-day course on NFPA-80 2007 to help locksmiths study the requirements to incorporate this service into your daily work schedule.