Access Control AHJ Nightmares

Author: Brian Rhodes, Published on Jun 01, 2017

For access control jobs, a single person can be the difference between finishing a job, costing thousands in extra dollars, and being profitable and safe for all. That person carries the title 'Authority Having Jurisdiction', commonly just 'AHJ' (see our tutorial).

In IPVM's Access Control courses, students share real world situations where the AHJ has significantly bottled up job progress due to oversight, lack of communication, or just plain confusion. Over the span of multiple courses, three common trouble areas emerged:

  • Safe Egress Concerns
  • Use of Conduit For Cabling
  • Fire-Rated Door Concerns

Several members also shared their best tips for preventing AHJ issues and how to avoid costly changes that ruin job profitability. We examine those points inside.

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******* ******* **** ****** ***** **** **** *** ********** *** issues *** *** ** ***** ****** ******* **** **** *** profitability. ** ******* ***** ****** ******.

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Authority ****** ************ *** ****** *******

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**** ***** ******** *** ***** *** ********** ** ******** **** access *** ******. ****** ****** ******** ** ******** ******** *** AHJ ************ *** **** *********** *** ***** *******. *** ******** below ****** **** ****** ****** **** ********* **** *** ******** from *** **** **** ***** ** *******.

Safe ****** ******* *****

*** **** ****** ********* ** **** *********** ****** ** *********** free ****** **** ********* ****** *****. ** ** * *** **************, ******* * ***** ** judgement ** * **************** *** **** ** ****** ** ******* injuries. ** **** *****, *** *** '**** ** *** **** of *******' *** ***** *** ********* ******** ******** ** ******* due ** *****, *****************, ** ********:

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  • "** ********* ********** **** *** *** **** ***** *** ***** us ** **** ** *** ****** ********* *** ****-**** ******** even **** ** *** *** **** ***** ******** ***** ** fire ***** ****** ** ******* ** **** ** ********* *** had *** *** ********* ******** *** **** ******..."
  • "** ****** * *** ******* ****** ******** **** *** **** panel ** ** **** ** ****** **** *** ******* ***** source. ** ********* *** **** **** *** ****** *********** **** alarm ****** ********* *** *********** ****** (**** ********, ***** *********, and ***** *********** ******* **** ****** ** *** **** **** alarm ***** ***** ** ** *********** ** ****. ** *** not *** ** **** *** *** *** ***** ** **** fire ***** ***** *****. ** ***** ** ***** ** *** way."
  • "** ********* * ******** *** ****** ** ********, *.*. ** had ******* *** *** ** ********* *** *********** ***** - all **** **** **** *** ************ ** * ******** *** system, ** ******* **** *** **** ******** ** ******** (*** AHJ) *** '** *******.' *** **** ***** *** ************, ** received * **** **** ******** **-*** ******* ******* ** **** remove *** ******** *** ****** ***********, ** ** ******* ** a **** ** **** $***.** *** ***. **** *** *** to * **-*** ********* *********** ******** *** ******* ** ********."

** *******, *********** *** ******* ********* ** ***************** **** **** by ***** ****-****** ********** ********* ************ ****** ******* **** **** *** **** ** ******* ******* *** ******** of ****** ** ******** *** ******** *****.

******** ** **** '****' *** *** '*******' **** ** *********** AHJ ** ******* ***** *** ******* ** * ***** ***** is ***** * ******** *** ******* ****.

Conduit ***********

*** ***** ***********, *** ************* *** **** / ********** ** run ****** ****** ** ****** ** ******* ******* ** ***********, and ***** ****-****** ********* *******:

  • "**** ** [*** **********'*] ****** *** ********* ** ****** **** conduit *** *** ********** ********. **** *** ** **-*** *** the ****** ***** ********** *** ******* *** **** **** *** to ******** *** *** ***** ******* **** ***** *** *** allowed ** ** *** ** *** **** ******* ** ****** for ******** *******. ****** *******: ******* *** ******** ****** ** early ** ******** *** ********."
  • "*** *** ***** ** **** ***** ** ********** * ** camera ******* *** ********* *** **** *** ** *** **** all ** "* ***" ******* *** **** ***** *** ****** to *** ***."
  • "*** ********** ***, ***** *** *** ******** *** *********, *****(* ******** ***** ********) ******* ** ****-*** ** *** ****** until *** ******* ******* *** *** ****** *******. ** *** to **** ********** *** ** ******* *** *****, *** ***** inside ***, **** ******** *******. ** *** * *** ****** at *** **** ******, *** *** ***'* ****** **********."

******* *** ****** ** ***** ********* ** *********, ** *** otherwise ******** ** ****. *************, *** ***** **, ******* **, or ***** ******** ******* ********** ** ******** *** **** ********* of ******* *** **** ****-****** *********** ******* ****** *** *********** has **** ********** *********.

*** ****** ** *****: **** **** *** ******* ** ******* and ****** ** ********* ****** ***-*** ** ***-***** **********. ***** to ********** ******** *********** ** *** *** ***** ******** **** ** ******** work.

Fire-Rated *****

*******, ******* ****** ***** *** ***************** *** ******** ***** *** fire ***** *** ******** ** ****** ******* *******.

  • "*** ** ** ********* *** ** ***** **** * *** that **** *** ** *** ********* ****** *** ****** **** a **** ***** **** ** ***** *** *** ** *** installer *** **** *** ***** **** **** ******* **** *** door *****. **** ****** *** ********* *** ** **** *** into *** ***** **** ** *** **** ***** ** *** rated ****. *** *** ******, *** *** ******** *** ********* to ****** *** **** *** **** ** ******** *** **** and ***** ********* ** *** *********'* *** ********'* ****."
  • "** *** ** *** **** **** ** **** ** ***** not *** *** ********* **-***** ******* ** *********. ** ****** out **+ ******* *** *** ** ******* **** **** *** type ** *********."
  • "*** **** ** ******** **** ****** ***** *** **** *******, and ** ********* **** ** ******* *** **** **** ******* the ****** *** ********* ** ******* ******** ***** ****** **** are *****."

******* *** ******** ** ** ******** **** ** * ********, any **** ** ************ ** ****** *** ****** ** *** performance *******, ********* ******* ** **** ** ***** **** **** spreading ** * ********. **** **** ****** ***** ******************* ****** ***** ******** *********, **** *** ***** ********* ********* about *** ***** *** **** ** ******* ***** **** *** access ** **** ***** ***** *** ******.

*** **** ******** *** ** ********** ******* **** ** *** here ** ******* *************, * *********** ** ******* *** **** ratings *** ***** *********, *** ***** ********* ******** **** *** extent ** ************* ******* ******* **.

********** ***** **** ** *** ** *********** *** * ********'* fire ****** **** **** *** ****** ********* ** ****-****, **** particular ***** ** *** ** ******* ** ****** ****** **** begins.

********: ******* **** *****, **** *****

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  • "** ** ** ** *** ** *** **********, ********, **********, Installer ** **** *** ******** ***** ** *** **** *** are *******. *** ****** ******* ** ******* **** *** *** what **** ******. **** ** *** * *** ****** *** the ******** ******* *** ************* ** *** **** **** ** installed **. ******* & ***** ********, **** ******** ***."
  • "****** *******: ******* *** ******** ****** ** ***** ** ******** for ********."
  • "******* *** * ******* ********** ****** **** * ****** ** additional ******** *** ****** **** *** *** ** *** ** the **** ******* ********* **** ** **** ******** *** ******** Inspectors. ********* ** *** ****** ** *** ******* * **** had ** *** ***** *** ************ ** ** ******** ******** who **** *** ** ** **** ** *********** *** *********** Security ********** ** *** ******* *** * **** ** ********** information ********** ****."
  • "****** ** ******* *** ****** ** ******** *** ****** ************ can ** ***** *** ******** *** *** ******** *** **** incredibly **** ********* *** ********* ************ ****."

****** ***: *** **** ** ** *** ****** ********** ** initiate *******, ***********, *** ******** **** ******** **** *** ********* parties. ***** ** *** ********* ****-****** ********* *** ******** *********/*********** squabbling. ******** *** ************ **** ** ************* ************* ** ***** conveys **** *** ****** ***** ********* ** ****, *** *** diminish *** ******* ** *** ******* **********.

AHJ ***** ******-**** ** ********

******* ******** **** ****** *** **** ****** ** ********* ***** cost ******* ****** ** **** ** ****** ***** **-***** ***** costs **** ** ****** ** ** *** ********.

  • "** ****** *** ********** ** *** ******** **** ****** *** changes *********** ** *** *** **** ** ****** ** * change ** *** ********. ** **** ** *** ******** ** made ***** **** ** *** "**** *********" *** *** *** has *** ***** ******** ** ** ****** * ******* *** change ******."
  • "** *** ******** *** *** ****** ******* *******, ***., **** it ** ** ** **** ** **** *** *****."

***** ********** **** **-***** *** ** *********** *******, ** ******* defines *** ******** *** ***** *** ********** ****** **** ******. The ********** *** *** ****** *** **** **** ** ******* who ** *********** *** ************* *******, *** *********** ****-*** *********** problems ****** **** *****.

Comments (1)

*** ***** ** ******** **** *** *** ** * *********/*****/********** entity- **** ********* ****** ****** **** ** ***** *** *****. It's ********* ** *** ****** ** ** ******** ***** ** AHJ ********* * ******* ****/***** ** ******** ******. ** * standard (*.*. **** ****** ****) ** ******* ** ***** ** law **** *** *** ****** ****** ***** ***** **** ***** regardless ** ***/*** ******* *** *******. *** ***** *'** *** success **** ** ** *** ************ ** **** *** *** show ** ***** ** *** **** ** **** ** ** what **** *** *********. * ***** ** ** * *** for ** ** ***** ** * ***'* **** *** ******* again. ** ******, **** ***** *** ***** **** ** ***** by *** ******** ** **** *** ****** **** ** ** is ** ***** *** ******** ** *** *** ********. **** forced ** ******* ***** ************, ***** **** *** *** ***** of ***** **** *** **** ****. **** ** **** **** AHJ's **** *********** ****** *** ** **** ******** *** *** fact ******* **** **** ***'* ****** **** ** ***** *** rules. **** ** **** ******* **** ********** *** ****** **** that **** *** ** **** *** ****** ********** ******* ** one ***** ** ** ** ***** *** **** *** ***** are **** ** ****** ** *** *** *** **** ****** under ***** '*********'.

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