If you’re a contractor, building owner, or project decision-maker, you’ve got a lot of work to do to make sure the structure you are working on is safe. Finding qualified construction professionals is crucial, particularly for firestopping work. You’ve probably seen the term “FM4991 approved” when researching firestop contractors for your project, but what does it mean? There are a few accreditation and qualification programs available for firestop professionals. Choosing FM4991 approved and UL qualified firestop contractors is an effective way to ensure a high-quality result for your project.
FM4991 and the Firestop Contractors International Association
FM4991 is a set of standards developed by the Firestop Contractors International Association (FCIA). This approval standard is a highly detailed set of guidelines designed to create optimal fire- and life-safety systems in buildings. Contractors can achieve approval through a specialized accreditation program. Since its creation, FM4991 has become an industry-wide standard that countless architectural firms and construction professionals use.
UL Qualified Firestop Contractor Program
The FCIA isn’t the only organization with professional certifications for firestop contractors. UL operates the UL Qualified Firestop Contractor Program, which is designed to give contractors the opportunity to assess, demonstrate, and maintain their ability to follow best practices and effectively install firestop systems. Contractors must pass a variety of assessments and audits to achieve a UL qualification.
The Importance of a UL Qualified, FM4991 Approved Contractor
While the FM4991 approval standard and UL Qualified Firestop Contractor Program are different, they both serve similar functions. Firestop contractors who are UL qualified and FM4991 approved can demonstrate their continued dedication to upholding safety standards. Routine reassessment and auditing push these professionals to redouble their commitment to safety and stay up-to-date on firestopping best practices and regulations. These programs also help project stakeholders by providing a standard to which firestop contractors can be held. When decision-makers are looking for firestop contractors they can trust, seeing the words “UL qualified” and “FM4991 approved” can be excellent indicators of work quality. Finally, these programs serve the public by holding firestop contractors to a higher standard, pushing them to create the safest possible structures.
G&M Services is FM4991 approved and UL qualified. Our President, Andrew Tomlinson, is on the FCIA Accreditation Committee. G&M Services not only holds itself to a high standard, but is also looked upon by the industry as a leader that is able to provide input on the accreditation factors for all firestop contractors. If your project requires a team that is committed to safety and excellence, contact the professionals at G&M Services.
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G&M Services is proud of our employees and the dedication they have for safety in the workplace. We reward our employees for displaying positive safety practices. We incorporate weekly and monthly discussions and meetings to ensure that all involved know how to handle equipment and potentially risky situations during a project. We offer services in the way of concrete drilling and sawing, concrete scanning, and Firestop. To get started with us, call today at 410-787-8828 or visit our contact page. Follow the official company page today on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.