FSM (Fire Safety Management) 


The International Board for Certification of Safety Managers, also known as BCHCM, was established in 1976 as a not-for-profit independent credentialing organization. The Board establishes certification and re-certification requirements for the Certified Healthcare Safety Professional - Fire Safety Management (CHSP-FSM) / (CHEP-FSM). The Board operates as an independent professional credentialing organization that is not affiliated with any other membership group, association, or lobbying body. The Board exists solely for the purpose of issuing individual certifications to qualified candidates. Our mission is to 'Upgrade the Profession' by offering real world and practical certifications.

FSM Background

IBFCSM is proud to announce that the Fire Safety Management (FSM) Designation is now available to individuals holding either the Certified Healthcare Safety Professional (CHSP) or Certified Healthcare Emergency Professional (CHEP) credential. The FSM can be added to either to the CHSP or CHEP but not both credentials. Upon passing the FSM Examination the certified member becomes either CHSP-FSM or CHEP-FSM credentialed. Any CHSP or CHEP member, in good standing, may apply to sit for the FSM exam by completing the on-line application. Candidates must also pay the current examination fee. There is no application fee. The Board does not need any additional supporting documentation or reference forms with the on-line application. The challenging FSM Exam contains 80 to 110 multiple choice questions. The exam does not contain questions requiring math or engineering calculations. The exam content is broad and can cover many fire related topics in addition to NFPA 101 and Accreditation Standards. The exam was developed by a Beta Team of practicing healthcare fire safety professionals.

Scheduling FSM Examinations

Candidates must have paid or made arrangements to pay the Exam Fee before scheduling an examination. There is no application fee. Candidates may pay using VISA, Master Card, or American Express cards at the Board's secure on-line "e-pay" portal. Credit card payments can be made by fax or phone. Applicants can send a check or money order payable to: IBFCSM, P.O. Box 515, Helena, Alabama 35080-0515. Do not send cash! The Board can provide an invoice when the applicant provides an organizational Purchase Order Number. If you have a question about the Exam Fee contact the Board promptly. Candidates can sit for a paper and pencil administered examination by making arrangements with a local college testing center or medical library. Those desiring to take a paper and pencil examination locally must complete the on-line Proctor Form at the Board web site and submit at least 14 days prior to their desired examination date. Candidates desiring to take their examination electronically at a must register through the Board web site at: www.ibfcsm.org. Candidates desiring to sit for an electronic FSM Examination will be charged an additional Proctor and Download Fee of $100. Contact the Board with additional questions about the process.

Exam Content


1. Healthcare Fire Safety Fundamentals (20% of Questions)

    1. Fire Development Stages and Classes of Fire
    2. Prevention Activities, Fire Planning & Egress
    3. Portable Fire Extinguishers and Staff Training
    4. Healthcare Fire Hazards & Flammable/Combustible Materials
    5. Bonding & Grounding and Electrical Fire Hazards
    6. Life Safety, Fire Drills, and Egress
    7. Fire and Smoke Confinement
    8. Deficiencies and Fire Safety Evaluations
    9. Statement of Conditions and Interim Life Safety
    10. Uniform Fire Code (NFPA 1) and International Fire Code (ICC)

2. NFPA Standards and Codes (35% of Questions)

    1. Life Safety and Egress (NFPA 101, 101A, 101B)
    2. Fire Alarm Systems (NFPA 72)
    3. Ventilating System Dampers and Controls (NFPA 90A)
      1. Smoke Control (NFPA 92 and NFPA 92A)
    4. Automatic Sprinkler Systems (NFPA 25)
      1. Fire Hoses (NFPA 1962)
    5. Other Fire Suppression Systems/Equipment
      1. Portable Fire Extinguishers (NFPA 10)
      2. Halon Systems (NFPA 12A)
      3. Kitchen Hood Extinguishing (NFPA 96)
      4. Carbon Dioxide Extinguishing Systems (NFPA 12)
    6. Inspection, Testing, & Maintenance of Water-Based Protection Systems (NFPA 25)
    7. Healthcare Facility Requirements (NFPA 99)
    8. Electrical Power Standby Power Systems (NFPA 110, NFPA 111)
    9. Flammable and Combustible Liquids (NFPA 30)
    10. Medical Gas Systems (NFPA 99)
    11. Installation of Sprinkler Systems (NFPA 13)
    12. Fire Protection for Laboratories Using Chemicals (NFPA 45)
    13. Bulk Oxygen Systems (NFPA 50)
    14. Standard for Fire Doors and Fire Windows (NFPA 80)
    15. Boiler and Combustion Systems Hazards (NFPA 85)
    16. Standard for Laser Fire Protection (NFPA 115)
    17. Installation of Smoke Door Assemblies (NFPA 105)
    18. Standard for Fire Safety and Emergency Symbols (NFPA 170)
    19. Identification of the Hazards of Materials for Emergency Response (NFPA 704)
    20. Standard for Fire Walls and Fire Barrier Walls (NFPA 221)
    21. Materials and Equipment Used in Oxygen Enriched Atmospheres (NFPA 53)
    22. National Electric Code (NFPA 70)
    23. Storage, Usage, and Handling of Compressed Gases (NFPA 55)
    24. Welding, Cutting, and Brazing (NFPA 51B)

3. Healthcare Fire Hazards and Accreditation Standards (35%)

    1. Environment of Care Standards
    2. Fire Safety & Life Safety Standards
    3. Emergency Management Standards
    4. Departmental Hazards and Prevention
      1. Patient Care Units
      2. Food Services, Environmental Services, and Laundry Operations
      3. Surgical Fires & Lasers and Radiology (MRI Fire Safety)
      4. Maintenance and Facility Engineering
      5. Clinical Engineering Department
      6. Laboratories and Pharmacies
      7. Other Clinical Department
      8. Administrative Areas
    5. Fire Hazard Locations and Issues
      1. Break rooms and visitor areas
      2. Medical and compressed Gases
      3. Flammable and combustible storage
      4. Smoking policy enforcement
      5. Electrical fire safety
      6. Sanitizing hand solutions
      7. Construction fire safety
      8. Materials storage
      9. Patient and staff evacuations
      10. Incident command systems
      11. Emergency operations plans
      12. Hazardous material incidents
      13. Wildfires and other natural disasters

4. Governmental & Voluntary Organizations (10% of Questions)

    1. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
    2. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
    3. Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS)
    4. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
    5. Department of Transportation (DOT)
    6. American Society Testing Materials (ASTM)
    7. American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
    8. Underwriters Laboratory (UL) and Factory Mutual (FM)
    9. Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE)
    10. American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
    11. American Welding Society (AWS)
    12. Compressed Gas Association (CGA)
    13. Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS)

Example Questions


  1. What is the best method of identifying potential workplace fire and related hazards?
    1. Conducting comprehensive work site analyses and surveys*
    2. Reviewing hazard control publications and journals
    3. Analyzing accident and injury data for the five previous years
    4. Understanding the application of regulatory standards and codes
  2. Which of the following statements about carbon monoxide is most accurate?
    1. An odorless gas that inhibits the blood from carrying oxygen to the brain*
    2. An indoor pollutant generated from the arcs of electrical motors
    3. OSHA does not regulate carbon monoxide exposures
    4. It can cause breathing problems but is not fatal
  3. What statement describes a device known as a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI)?
    1. An over-current device that is designed to protect equipment only
    2. An undercurrent device designed to protect conductors within the circuit
    3. A device used in wet areas to protect humans from electrical shock*
    4. Any device that protects computers during thunderstorms
  4. What type of fire extinguisher, known to be effective on computer fires, has been declared as environmentally dangerous?
    1. Carbon dioxide
    2. Dry powder
    3. Type: ABC
    4. Halon*
  5. What National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) publication addresses electrical grounding requirements for patient areas in healthcare facilities?
    1. NFPA 70
    2. NFPA 99*
    3. NFPA 101
    4. NFPA 110