Standard Practice for Periodic Inspection of Building Facades for Unsafe Conditions
1.1 This standard practice describes methods and procedures for inspection, evaluation and reporting for periodic inspection of building facades for unsafe conditions. In the context of this standard, unsafe conditions are hazards caused by or resulting from loss of facade material.
1.2 This standard practice does not purport to address the nature of deterioration of various building facade materials nor the performance of their assemblies. It is the responsibility of the Specifying Authority requiring the facade inspection to retain a Qualified Professional who can demonstrate expertise in the evaluation of various facade materials and their assemblies.
1.3 Investigative techniques discussed may be intrusive, disruptive, or destructive. It is the responsibility of the Qualified Professional to anticipate, and advise on the nature of procedures, and to plan for implementing repair as necessary.
1.4 It is the responsibility of the Specifying Authority to establish the usage of this standard practice and to supplement this standard with additional requirements suitable to its local jurisdiction. It is also the responsibility of the Specifying Authority to determine compliance with local licensing regulations and customary practices.
1.5 This standard may involve hazardous materials, operations, and equipment. This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use. Awareness of safety and familiarity with safe procedures are particularly important for above-ground operations on facades and destructive investigative procedures, which typically are associated with the work described.
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