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Barrier Management Symposium

Produced by The Joint Commission, ASHE, UL & FCIA

Hosted by ASHE Regions & Chapters, APPA Chapters, ICC Chapters




Some of The Joint Commission's TOP Survey Violations are Penetrations and Door issues in Fire and Smoke Barriers. Fire and Smoke Barriers in buildings are there to protect healthcare building occupants, staff and first responders. They are used for horizontal evacuation behind fire- or smoke-resistant barriers, and in order to work properly as designed and intended, these fire- and smoke barriers need to be continuous.

The Barrier Management Symposium is designed to increase the awareness about how these Barriers - including Firestopping, Fire Dampers, Fire-rated Glazing and Fire Doors - are 'D'esigned, 'I'nstalled, 'I'nspected and 'M'aintained and 'M'anaged - the 'DIIM' of Firestopping - for long-term fire- and life-safety.  This enables Facility Management staff to utilize this newfound knowledge to make changes which reduce these Survey violations.

Join ASHE Healthcare Facility Engineer Member Professionals and their staff, as well as ICC Governmental Members at a comprehensive one- or two-day Barrier Management Symposium.  To learn more, check out a DRAFT AGENDA. 

FCIA Barrier Management Service Providers, including Contractors, Inspection Agencies, Manufacturers, Distributors and others can help Building Owners and Managers maintain these critical barriers.


The Barrier Management Symposium brings critical education to Healthcare, Education and all facility management personnel.  Interested in attending?  Looking for a presentation from a past program?

Barrier Management Symposium Video Series


Current Symposium Information

Barrier Management Symposium Faculty, 2017

Information From this Symposium will Allow you to:

  • Focus - The BMS instructs about how Fire-Resistance Rated Construction become SYSTEMS that have protected buildings for centuries.
  • Manage– Learn about the product and system selection process, how to evaluate SYSTEMS, Installation, Inspection and Maintenance of Fire and Smoke Barrier components as a complete system. Proper Systems Selection & Design, Installation, Inspection and Maintenance (DIIM) builds reliable Effective Compartmentation.
  • Improve – Learn how to improve the built environment for healthcare facilities through Effective Compartmentation.
  • Increase - Gain new and additional knowledge for your use about how to purchase, evaluate and manage all Effective Compartmentation technologies.

Who Should Attend?  Do I Need to be an ASHE or ICC Member?

  • ASHE National and State Chapter Healthcare Facility Engineers, Directors & their staff
  • Staff at Healthcare Facilities
  • ICC Governmental Building Code Official or Fire Marshal Members

Attendees need not be ASHE or ICC Members, but they must be a Healthcare Facility Director, Healthcare Facility Engineer/Staff or ICC Governmental Member.  We encourage you to find out more about ASHE Membership and ICC Membership.

What is the Cost?

Each BMS Symposium cost may vary.

Past Symposium Information & PRESENTATION ARCHIVE

2018 Barrier Management Symposiums

2017 Barrier Management Symposiums

  • August 2, 2017 @ MOSHE SICHE

O'Fallon, IL

Holiday Inn - Phoenix Airport North


More Presentations



  • Bill McHugh, FCIA Executive Director
    4415 W. Harrison St., Suite 540 ~ Hillside, IL 60162
    p: 708-202-1108 ~ email:
  • Jonathan Flannery, ASHE Senior Associate Director of Advocacy
    155 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 400 ~ Chicago, IL 60606
    p: 312-422-3825 ~ email:
  • Lindsey Donley , FCIA Associate Director
    4415 W. Harrison St., Suite 540 ~ Hillside, IL 60162
    p: 708-202-1108 ~ email: