Frequently Asked Questions

Program Scope

HazAdvisr serves three functions:
1. Check the hazard classifications of individual chemicals or mixtures
2. Establish whether a given control area, High Hazard occupancy (Use Group H), building, or campus complies with threshold quantities for hazardous materials
3. Design compliant buildings, given hazardous material needs of specific users.

In each instance, our software is backed up by our team of chemical safety professionals who will work with you to implement solutions to keep your employees, facility and reputation safe.

HazAdvisr considers hazard properties as defined in the International Code Council (ICC) codes such as the International Building Code (IBC) and International Fire Code (IFC) as well as the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) codes and standards like NFPA 1, Fire Code, NFPA 30, Flammable and Combustible Liquids Code, and NFPA 400, Hazardous Materials Code. Every attempt is made to correlate with the latest editions of these standards.

Chemical classifications are performed by qualified experts (chemical engineers, industrial hygienists, chemists and fire protection engineers) based on information available from manufacturers and our clients. It is possible that the chemicals listed may have other, valid classifications (based on differences such as reported test results, particle size, and concentration ranges). Classifications are made based on safety data sheets and other reference materials assumed to be correct at the time of classification. Notwithstanding the above, each project is reviewed by competent professionals in accordance with our professional standard of care. Please reference our contract terms and conditions for further information.

We are constantly working to develop additional functionality. Contact us through the link above to see what’s in the works!

Clients using HazAdvisr include those in the semiconductor, pharmaceutical, laboratory, science and technology, oil and gas, higher education / university, health care and government sectors. This program applies to any building with hazardous materials as regulated by the International Building Code (IBC), International Fire Code (IFC), NFPA 1 Fire Code or NFPA 5000 Building Construction and Safety Code.

The project-based functions are intended for architects, engineers and lab planners to be more efficient at designing buildings with hazardous material storage and use, and to improve the handoff to the owner at the project conclusion.

The database functions are designed for any industry professionals who need quick access to chemical classification information, including authorities having jurisdiction (AHJs), building officials, fire departments, insurers, engineers, architects and industrial hygienists.

Starting a New Project

Send us a completed Inventory Input form and we’ll do the rest, from quoting your project through completion. You can also email us with some information about your project to get started. You have the option of selecting a one-time inventory classification, for existing facilities with established quantities, or the Planning Module allows you to design a compliant layout if your facility is currently in design or you’re considering relocating users in your existing facility.

Sign up for database access, which is available for individuals or organizations. Each membership comes with a limited number of chemical classifications included, if you have hazardous materials that aren’t currently in our database. We’ve found this is a popular choice for users of the “Hazardous Materials Expert Assistant” (HMEx) tool previously published by the ICC (but no longer supported or updated).

Checking on an Existing Project

You’ll be assigned a project manager shortly after submitting your information. This Jensen Hughes professional is qualified to analyze chemical hazards and will work with you to ensure your deliverables meet the needs of your project.

Project turnaround times depend on complexity (usually tied to the length of the inventory list, quality and completeness of the information provided). We commit to keeping you apprised of your expected project completion date. Anticipate our analysis to take roughly one business day for each 200 materials in your inventory, starting from when we receive a signed contract and complete inventory information. Note that this time includes professional review so you can be sure you’re getting valid results. If you’re submitting individual materials for review in accordance with your database access subscription, expect results within 3 business days.