Fire Protection Manual

Chapter 12

Authority Having Jurisdiction Delegation


Note: ES&H Manual Chapter 6900, Fire Protection Program,

provides TJNAF’s policy statement regarding fire protection.


1.0           Purpose

DOE Order 420.1C, Facility Safety, assigns the roles and responsibilities of the Fire Protection Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) to the Department of Energy Head of Field Elements.  As allowed by DOE-STD-1066-2016 Fire Protection, duties pertaining to fire protection at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (TJNAF) may be delegated to a qualified Protection Engineer.  (The current FIRE PROTECTION PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS AND DELEGATION OF AUTHORITY letter is dated February 26, 2018.)

2.0           TJSO-delegated Authorities

TJSO recognizes that different performance levels of AHJ decision-making responsibilities and authorities are necessary to execute DOE Fire Protection Program activities driven by O 420.1C.  Those AHJ authorities that are not inherently Federal functions, as delineated below, are delegated to the JSA Fire Marshal.  This authority may be further delegated to appropriate subject matter experts within the framework of a DOE O 420.1C-compliant Fire Protection Program.

·       Further delegated

·       Not further delegated

3.0           Minor Field Compliance Conditions Approved by the JSA Fire Marshal During CY 2018

Test Lab Renovation, Pipes Penetrating Exit Stair 1

·       Approved Condition

o   Two steel pipes used for gravity drains pass through the exit stair but do not serve the stair enclosure. 

o   The steel pipes pass through the enclosure under the intermediate landing leading to the basement level – this space is not in the travel path of building occupants. 

o   Both pipes incorporate approved fire stop systems through the rated wall assemblies (masonry).

·       Code Reference: NFPA 101-2012 Life Safety Code; Paragraph (10) and

·       Justification

o   The existence of the steel pipes in the stair enclosure does not impede egress or represent a hazard in the event of a fire emergency. 

o   Exit stair 1 was constructed in the mid 1960’s as a component of the Space Radiation Effects Laboratory (SREL). 

o   During the 2013 building renovation, significant improvements were made to the ground level and second level enclosure assemblies; no improvements were accomplished (or required) at the basement level.

o   Other renovation activities resulted in the need for new gravity drain piping. 

o   The existence of the steel pipes in the exit stair satisfies the intent of NFPA 101-2012, paragraph

4.0           Determination of Codes and Standards Applicability to Site Activities

5.0           Revision History





triennial review, updated

-  header and footer per discussion with T. Minga, 04.15.2022; 5.0 per footer dates; made general edits and format updates (e.g., bullets, spacing, etc.)

-  5.0 title and format



periodic review; updated TPOC from E. Douberly to T. Minga


updated chapter author from D. Kausch to E. Douberly



clarification regarding occupancy capacities for tours



new content written to reflect current laboratory operations












Fire Protection Department

 Tim Minga





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