ES&H Manual

Fire Protection Supplement

Chapter 6:

Fire Hazard Analysis (FHA)


1.0             Purpose


Jefferson Lab has unique, difficult-to-replace, facilities and apparatus. Fire damage could cause severe operational disruption. Accordingly, Jefferson Lab conducts a rigorous Fire Hazard Analysis (FHA) of mission-essential areas. The FHA establishes a baseline of fire-safety information for a structure. Continuing engineering assessments keep the FHA valid.


FHAs are conducted to satisfy the requirements of Department of Energy (DOE) Order 420.1C.


2.0             Scope


This document provides guidelines on how to conduct and maintain an FHA. Additional requirements and standards are described in DOE IG 420.1-3. Consult the following FHAs to review most recent findings:

·         FHA of Accelerator and End Station

·         FHA Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator and Experimental  Halls 2013

·         FHA of Technology and Engineering Development Facility (TEDF)  


3.0             Responsibilities


3.1              Fire Marshal

·         The Jefferson Lab Fire Marshal may use subcontracted professional engineering services to accomplish and update FHAs according to DOE IG 420.1-3.


4.0             Expectations


According to DOE Order 420.1C, FHAs must be:

·         Performed under the direction of a qualified fire protection engineer

·         Reviewed every three years

·         Revised when -

o   A modification to an associated facility or process adds a significantly new fire safety risk

o   The three year review identifies the need for changes


5.0             Guidelines


The following elements and conservative assessments are included in the FHA:

·         Description of construction

·         Description of critical process equipment

·         Description of high-value property

·         Description of fire hazards

·         Description of operations

·         Potential for a toxic, biological and/or radiological incident due to fire

·         Natural hazard (earthquake, flood, wind, lightning, and wildland fire) impact on fire safety

·         Damage potential (Maximum Possible Fire Loss (MPFL) as defined in DOE-STD-1066-2016, Fire Protection

·         Fire protection features

·         Life safety considerations

·         Emergency planning

·         Fire department response

·         Recovery potential

·         Security and safeguards considerations related to fire protection

·         Exposure fire potential and the potential for fire spread between two fire areas

·         Effect of significant fire safety deficiencies on fire risk

·         Environmental impacts from a fire including suppression system run-off considerations.


Reference DOE IG 420.1-3 for additional requirements. 


The scope and content of an FHA is limited to elements that are significant and relevant to the facility. Findings are documented in a draft report.


6.0             Review


6.1.1        Send draft report to Thomas Jefferson Site Office (TJSO) for informal review.              Allow four weeks for comments.              Incorporate comments as needed.


7.0             Revision Summary


Revision 0.3 – 01/03/19 – Periodic Review; updated TPOC from E.Douberly to T.Minga

Revision 0.2 – 06/02/16 – Periodic Review; updated TPOC from D.Kausch to E.Douberly; updated links under 2.0 Scope

Revision 0.1 – 09/17/13 – Periodic Review; updated DOE Order; removed TJSO approval of final report per T.Minga

Revision 0.0 – 09/25/09 – New content









Fire Protection Department

Tim Minga





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