The Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) provides life safety and fire prevention through code enforcement. This code enforcement is performed by a dedicate staff of civilian Fire Safety Inspectors, Fire Protection Engineers, and Deputy State Fire Marshal's. The OSFM provides pre-construction services of building, and fire protection system design plan reviews and consultation by our engineering staff. We also conduct on site inspections and acceptance testing of building construction and any fire protection systems. These inspections are coordinated closely with municipal and county building department authorities to ensure complete integration of the customers inspection process. Additionally, OSFM staff handle complaint inspections from concerned citizens and patrons of public buildings within the state. We also actively conduct random spot inspections of existing locations to ensure long term compliance with the State Fire Prevention Code. These spot inspections include occupancy load counts during evening, weekend, and other peak times of day for assembly occupancies.
The OSFM also is responsible for the testing, licensing, and regulation of non-governmental electrical inspectors, fire extinguishers sales and service, sprinkler contractors, and testing laboratories. Only State licensed providers are permitted to perform work in their respective fields within the State of Maryland.
More information on the State Fire Prevention Code can be obtained by going to the Maryland State Fire Prevention Commission website at: http://sfpc.mdsp.org
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Recognized approved independent testing laboratories in the State Of Maryland include any testing laboratory which is listed, approved or otherwise recognized by any one or more of the following:
U. S. DEPT. OF LABOR, OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY & HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
NATIONAL VOLUNTEER LABORATORIES ACCREDITATION PROGRAM
INTERNATIONAL ACCREDITATION SERVICE, INC
INTERNATIONAL CODE COUNCIL
AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR LABORATORY ACCREDITATION (A2LA)
COMAR Regulation 29.06.03 which previously required the State Fire Marshal to approve and maintain a list of approved independent testing laboratories has been repealed effective January 1, 2013.
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