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Barrier Management Symposium

Produced by The Joint Commission, ASHE, UL & FCIA

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



The Barrier Management Symposium (BMS)

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

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 Designed, Installed, Inspected and Managed - 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.  Video presentations and an explanation of how each design element is tested to assess compliance with standard and code requirements, in addition to the technologies, are all included in this Symposium.

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. 

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


2016 Barrier Management Symposiums

  • November 30, 2016 @ APPA for Educational and Healthcare Occupancy Facility Managers and Personnel

University of Maryland, College Park, MD

  • January 29, 2016 @ ASHE Arkansas Society for Healthcare Engineering
    CHI St. Vincent Infirmary Main Auditorium, Little Rock, AR

2015 Barrier Management Symposiums

  • November 16-17, 2015 @ ASHE Region 3

Wellmont Bristol Regional Medical Center

  • July 27-28, 2015 @ ASHE Region 5, sponsored by ISHE

The Ruth Lilly Learning Center, Indianapolis, IN

  • April 13-15, 2015 @ ASHE Region 6

Kahler Hotel, Rochester, MN


2014 Barrier Management Symposiums

  • September 17-18, 2014 @ ASHE Region 9, Sponsored by CSHE
  • May 12-13 , 2014 @ ASHE Region 2

    Radisson Hotel Valley Forge, Philadelphia, PA

    • Presentations
    • A special thanks to hosting ASHE Region 2 Chapters and the Healthcare Facility Managers

      Chesapeake Area Society of  Healthcare Engineering

      The Healthcare Engineers Association of Southern New Jersey

      Healthcare Facilities Management Society of NJ

      Healthcare Facility Managers Association of Delaware Valley (HFMADV)

      Hospital Engineering Society of Greater NY (HESGNY)

      Pennsylvania Society for Health Facility Engineering (PSHFE)

  • March 3-4 , 2014 @ ASHE Region 4

    University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB) Campus, Birmingham, AL



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