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									     Volume 11 • Number 4                                                                                            April, 2007
                                                                    will consider comments received by the date indicated below
Committee Leadership                                                before final action is taken on the proposed TIAs. (Please identify
Conference                                                          the number of the TIA to which the comment is addressed.)

                                                                    The Standards Council will then review the technical committees’
The Committee Leadership Conference will be held on
                                                                    ballot results, the public comments, and any other information that
Sunday, June 3, 2007, at the NFPA World Safety Congress
                                                                    has been submitted to determine whether to issue the TIAs at either its
and Exposition® in Boston, Massachusetts. The registra-
                                                                    meeting on June 4, 2007 or July 24-27, 2007. Anyone wishing to address the
tion for the Conference will start at 7:30 a.m. on June 3rd.
                                                                    Council should contact Codes and Standards Administration.
The Committee Leadership Conference is held at each
June Meeting. This conference is a formalized training
                                                                    A TIA is tentative because it has not been processed through the
program that provides each NFPA Committee officer with
                                                                    entire codes- and standards-making procedures. It is interim
specific training in carrying out the duties and responsi-
                                                                    because it is effective only between editions of the document. A
bilities of his or her assignment. The Conference is open
                                                                    TIA automatically becomes a proposal of the proponent for the
to all NFPA Committee members and others who wish to
                                                                    next edition of the document. As such, it then is subject to all of
attend. Advance registration is requested. Please contact
                                                                    the procedures of the codes- and standards-making process.
Codes and Standards Administration at 617-984-7248.
                                                                    NFPA 55-2005
                                                                    Standard for the Storage, Use, and Handling of Com-
Comments Sought                                                     pressed Gases and Cryogenic Fluids in Portable and
                                                                    Stationary Containers, Cylinders, and Tanks
Proposed Tentative Interim                                          TIA Log No. 872
Amendments                                                          Reference: Table 6.3.1
                                                                    Comment Closing Date: May 18, 2007
                                                                    Submitter: Larry Fluer, Fluer, Inc. representing the Compressed
The following Tentative Interim Amendments (TIAs) have been         Gas Association
proposed to NFPA. They are being published for public review
and comment. Comments should be filed with the Secretary, Stan-     1. Make changes to Table 6.3.1 as follows:
dards Council, by the date indicated below.                         See page 2 for Table 6.3.1

These proposed TIA have also been forwarded to the responsible      Submitter’s Reason: The unit of measure for liquefied gases
technical committees for processing. The technical committees       has historically been incorporated into the Maximum Allow-
                                                                    able Quantity (MAQ) tables in terms of gallons as it has been
                                                                    conventional to think of ordinary liquids in terms of gallons.
                                                                    In addition, the use of the term “nonflammable gas” presents
                                                                    a problem to code users setting up a circumstance for conflict
                                                                    as the term “nonflammable gas” refers to a DOT classification
   INSIDE NFPA NEWS                                                 that can include gases with other hazards such as oxygen as
                                                                    well as inert gases such as argon or nitrogen.

   Comments Sought                                             1    From a practical standpoint the use of gallons as a unit of
   Committee Leadership Conference                             1    measure for liquefied gases introduces an inconsistency into
                                                                    the concept due to the fact that unlike most liquids the den-
   Errata Issued                                               6    sity of liquefied gases varies widely. In commerce, liquefied
   TIA Issued                                                  7    gases are packaged and distributed based on weight being
   Comments Sought on New Documents                            8    used as the unit of measure. Revising the MAQ tables to
   Committee Calendar                                          12   reflect threshold quantities in terms with units of measure that
                                                                    are readily available from the commercial market will greatly
                                                                    simplify the use of the NFPA 55 Standard thereby making it
                                                                    more user friendly. To do so requires that a model be used
                                                                    as the basis for comparison. This approach was taken when
                                                                    thresholds were established to base certain health hazard
                            Table 6.3.1 Maximum Allowable Quantity of Gases per Control Area
                               (Quantity Thresholds for Gases Requiring Special Provisions)
                                               Unsprinklered Areas                       Sprinklered Areas
                                       No Gas Cabinet,    Gas Cabinet, Gas    No Gas Cabinet,      Gas Cabinet, Gas
Material                               Gas Room, or       Room, or            Gas Room, or         Room, or
                                       Exhausted          Exhausted           Exhausted            Exhausted
                                       Enclosure          Enclosure           Enclosure            Enclosure
Corrosive Gas

Liquefied                                68 kg (150 lb)            136 kg (300 lb)           136 kg (300 lb)           272 kg (600 lb)
Nonliquefied                             23 m3 (810 ft3)           46 m3 (1620 ft3)          46 m3 (1620 ft3)          92 m3 (3240 ft3)
Cryogenic Fluid

Flammable                                0 L (0 gal)               170 L (45 gal)            170 L (45 gal)            170 L (45 gal)*
Oxidizing                                170 L (45 gal)            340 L (90 gal)            340 L (90 gal)            681 L (180 gal)
Inert                                    No limit                  No limit                  No limit                  No limit
Flammable Gas
                                         114 L (30 gal)            227 L (60 gal)            227 L (60 gal)            454 L (120 gal)
Liquefied                                68 kg (150 lb)            136 kg (300 lb)           136 kg (300 lb)           272 kg (600 lb)
Nonliquefied                             28 m3 (1000 ft3)          56 m3 (2000 ft3)          56 m3 (2000 ft3)          112 m3 (4000 ft3)
Highly Toxic Gas
                                                                   2.3 kg (5 lb)                                       4.5 kg (10 lb)
Liquefied                                0 kg (0 lb)               1.8 kg (4 lb)             0 kg (0 lb)               3.6 kg (8 lb)
Nonliquefied                             0 m3 (0 ft3)              0.6 m3 (20 ft3)           0 m3 (0 ft3)              1.1 m3 (40 ft3)
Nonflammable Inert Gas

Liquefied                                No limit                  No limit                  No limit                  No limit
Nonliquefied                             No limit                  No limit                  No limit                  No limit
Oxidizing Gas
                                         57 L (15 gal)             114 L (30 gal)            114 L (30 gal)            227 L (60 gal)
Liquefied                                68 kg (150 lb)            136 kg (300 lb)           136 kg (300 lb)           272 kg (600 lb)
Nonliquefied                             43 m3 (1500 ft3)          85 m3 (3000 ft3)          85 m3 (3000 ft3)          170 m3 (6000 ft3)
Pyrophoric Gas

Liquefied                                0 kg (0 lb)               0 kg (0 lb)               1.8 kg (4 lb)             3.6 kg (8 lb)
Nonliquefied                             0 m3 (0 ft3)              0 m3 (0 ft3)              1.4 m3 (50 ft3)           2.8 m3 (100 ft3)
Toxic Gas

Liquefied                                68 kg (150 lb)            136 kg (300 lb)           136 kg (300 lb)           272 kg (600 lb)
Nonliquefied                             23 m3 (810 ft3)           46 m3 (1620 ft3)          46 m3 (1620 ft3)          92 m3 (3240 ft3)
Unstable Reactive (Detonable)
Gas, Class 3 or Class 4

Liquefied                                0 kg (0 lb)               0 kg (0 lb)               0.5 kg (1 lb)             1 kg (2 lb)
Nonliquefied                             0 m3 (0 ft3)              0 m3 (0 ft3)              0.3 m3 (10 ft3)           0.6 m3 (20 ft3)
Unstable Reactive
(Nondetonable) Gas, Class 3

Liquefied                                1 kg (2 lb)               2 kg (4 lb)               2 kg (4 lb)               4 kg (8 lb)
Nonliquefied                             1.4 m3 (50 ft3)           3 m3 (100 ft3)            3 m3 (100 ft3)            6 m3 (200 ft3)
Unstable Reactive Gas, Class 2

Liquefied                                114 L (30 gal)            227 L (60 gal)            227 L (60 gal)            454 L (120 gal)
Nonliquefied                             21 m3 (750 ft3)           43 m3 (1500 ft3)          43 m3 (1500 ft3)          85 m3 (3000 ft3)
Unstable Reactive Gas, Class 1

Liquefied                                No limit                  No limit                  No limit                  No limit
Nonliquefied                             No limit                  No limit                  No limit                  No limit
Note: The maximum quantity indicated is the aggregate quantity of materials in storage and use combined.
*A gas cabinet or exhausted enclosure is required. Pressure-relief devices or stationary or portable containers shall be vented directly
outdoors or to an exhaust hood. (See 8.2.6.)




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thresholds levels using a “chlorine index” as the model. A              to justify or create a series of footnotes to address individual
similar approach is proposed as a means to simplify the use of          gases is to use an index system that establishes a standard-
these tables.                                                           ized approach. The concept of using a widely distributed gas
                                                                        such as a chlorine index to establish the unit of measure has
Flammable gases (liquefied): In the case of liquefied                   been established. By maintaining the use of chlorine as the
flammable gases probably the most commonly encountered                  index to the table for toxic and corrosive properties and list-
liquefied gas is LPG. Although LPG is not the subject of                ing the threshold for liquefied gases as well as those that are
NFPA 55, it can serve as the index gas for liquefied flam-              nonliquefied eliminates the need for elaborate conversions in
mable gases. As defined LPG can consist of propane, butane,             units of measure using data that in many cases is not readily
propylene or others either in a mixed or pure form. NFPA 58             available.
Table B.1.2 (a) lists the approximate densities of commercial
propane and butane at 60 degrees F as 4.20 and 4.81 pounds              Highly Toxic Gas (liquefied). The weight threshold for
per gallon respectively. Converting the 30 gallon quantity              highly toxic liquefied gases is based on the use of an arsine
to pounds and rounding up to the closest five pounds yields             index. Arsine is a highly toxic gas with a specific volume of
a quantity of 150 pounds on a weight basis. The density of              5.0 cubic feet per pound. The reduction in quantity from 5 to
butane is greater than that of propane therefore represent-             4 pounds will correlate NFPA 55 with code changes currently
ing the worst case where mixtures of propane and butane are             approved for inclusion in the International Fire Code (IFC).
involved. The result of converting the 30 gallon threshold to
a 150 pound threshold is in keeping with the philosophical              Inert gas (liquefied and nonliquefied). The term non-
approach used with gases such as ammonia and chlorine as                flammable gas is used to describe gases that may be other
they appear in Table 6.3.1.                                             than flammable, however, it is not a hazard category for the
                                                                        purposes of regulation. On the other hand, inert gases are
Oxidizing gases (liquefied): The threshold level of 15 gal-             defined within NFPA 55 and classified for the purpose of pro-
lons for oxidizing gases can be expressed in terms of weight            viding a listing in the table of maximum allowable quantities
based on using any of a number of oxidizing gases as the                per control area (MAQ). Although the MAQ is unlimited it
baseline. However, given the fact that a single cylinder of             clarifies that certain fundamental controls are to be applied
chlorine (an oxidizing, corrosive and toxic gas) has been used          as specified in Section 6.1.1.1 and the general provisions of
as the baseline in Table 6.3.1 it is reasonable to use a single         Chapter 7. Similarly, inert cryogens are regulated by Chapter
cylinder of chlorine as the baseline for the establishment of           8; however, like those in the compressed state the MAQ is not
quantity in for liquefied oxidizing gases as well. To test the          limited.
assumption a comparison was made to the 1500 cubic foot
baseline maximum quantity for a non-liquefied gas using oxy-            Emergency Nature: The tabular limits shown in NFPA 55
gen as the model. Using a specific volume for oxygen of 12.1            to establish Maximum Allowable Quantities per Control Area
cubic feet per pound translates the 1500 cubic feet allowed for         (MAQ) are to be extracted into NFPA 400, NFPA’s new Haz-
the baseline MAQ to 125 pounds if this gas was considered               ardous Materials Code. In addition, they are extracted into
on a weight basis. The use of 150 pounds as a baseline quan-            NFPA 5000 Building Construction Safety Code and NFPA 1
tity for liquefied oxidizing gases resolves the problem where           UFC. Each of these codes is in the Annual 2008 code cycle.
a single cylinder of chlorine would NOT trigger the require-            However, NFPA 55 is in the Fall 2008 code cycle. This
ments for Protection Level 4, but WOULD trip the Protection             means that code changes approved by the Industrial and Med-
Level 3 threshold where arguably the inherent health hazards            ical Gas Technical Committee during the Fall 2008 code cycle
of the gas may represent a greater concern for public safety            will not be available for extract into NFPA 1, 400 and 5000
than do the physical hazards of the same gas.                           for several years resulting in a ripple effect with quantity limi-
                                                                        tations being chased through multiple codes that with revision
It is recognized that this approach may appear to represent             dates that precede the fundamental document from which the
a major increase in the threshold for liquefied oxidizing               extracts are made.
gases; however, it brings the threshold levels into parity with
those of liquefied flammable gases which may represent                  The concept of MAQ is new to the NFPA regulatory scheme.
the greater hazard given the potential for fire and/or explo-           NFPA 55 was probably the first special hazard standard to
sion. The example using an oxygen index as the baseline gas             correlate with NFPA 1 and 5000 regarding the regulatory
shows that an increase is justified. By supporting the change           approach and the use of Protection Level controls. Approval
there is established a clear rationale that is based on practical       of this TIA will serve to reconcile what could become confus-
examples of materials commonly found in commerce which                  ing and conflicting differences between NFPA 1, 400, 5000
have generally been accepted for use as the threshold for an            and 55 where inconsistencies would act as a detriment to code
increased level of control. In addition, the use of weight as a         users including those that enforce the use of these documents,
unit of measure brings the code into sync with units typically          the AHJ.
used by the suppliers of these products thereby mitigating
the need for elaborate conversions into units of measure not            The determination of emergency nature for acceptance of a
found in common use.                                                    Tentative Interim Amendment (TIA) must be based on the
                                                                        evaluation of one or more of the specific factors listed in Sec-
The MAQ for corrosive and toxic gases established in Table              tion 5-2 of the Regulations Governing Committee Projects
6.3.1 of 810 cubic feet was based on a single 150 pound                 which may include one or more of the following:1
cylinder of chlorine. The preferred solution in lieu of trying




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    (a) The document contains an error or an omission that was           (2) Transportation in cargo tank vehicles, whether fab-
    overlooked during a regular revision process.                      ricated by mounting cargo tanks on conventional truck
    (b) The document contains a conflict within the document           or trailer chassis or constructed as integral cargo units in
    or with another NFPA document.                                     which the container constitutes in whole, or in part, the
    (c) The proposed TIA intends to correct a previously               stress member of the vehicle frame
    unknown existing hazard.                                             (3)* Transfer equipment and piping, and the protec-
    (d) The proposed TIA intends to offer to the public a ben-         tion of such equipment and the container appurtenances
    efit that would lessen a recognized (known) hazard or ame-         against overturn, collision, or other vehicular accidents
    liorate a continuing dangerous condition or situation.               (4) Vehicles and procedures under the jurisdiction of
    (e) The proposed TIA intends to accomplish a recogni-              DOT shall comply with DOT regulations.
    tion of an advance in the art of safeguarding property or            9.1.2 This chapter does not apply to the following:
    life where an alternative method is not in current use or is         (1) Cylinders and related equipment incident to their
    unavailable to the public.                                         use on vehicles as covered in Section 6.21 and Chapter
    (f) The proposed TIA intends to correct a circumstance             11
    in which the revised document has resulted in an adverse             (2) Vehicles and procedures under the jurisdiction of
    impact on a product or method that was inadvertently               DOT
    overlooked in the total revision process, or was without             (3) The transportation of LP-Gas containers on vehicles
    adequate technical (safety) justification for the action.          where the containers are used to fuel the vehicle or appli-
                                                                       ances located on the vehicle as covered in Section 6.21,
In this instance Table 6.3.1 contains an error and omission            Section 11.14, and Section 11.15
involved with the use of the term “nonflammable gas.” Non-               (4)* LP-Gas systems used for engine fuel
flammable gas is a term used by the US Department of Trans-
portation and which includes gases such as oxygen, nitrogen,           Submitter’s Reason: There was a change from the LP-
argon and others. As crafted Table 6.3.1 was intended to               Gas Code (Code), 2001 edition, to the 2004 edition that
provide MAQ thresholds for inert gases as defined by the               we feel did not go through the proper review. The 2001
Standard, and not nonflammable gases per se. In addition,              edition, and several editions before that, had a section
some of the more commonly encountered cryogenic fluids are             stating that certain vehicles shall comply with DOT
nitrogen, argon, and helium, all of which are inert gases as           regulations. The 2004 edition says that these vehicles
defined. Adding the inert gas categories will eliminate confu-         are outside of the scope of the Code. A review of the
sion.                                                                  ROP and ROC finds no proposals or comments for this
                                                                       section of the text. There is a change shown in the 2004
The use of a chlorine index to establish MAQ thresholds for            Preprint, showing the same text as in the 2001 edition
liquefied toxic and corrosive gases overlooked the fact that           but under a different heading stating non-applicability.
chlorine is also an oxidizing gas. By correlating the liquefied        Then, the 2004 edition has some text that differs from the
oxidizing gas MAQ with chlorine correlates the tabular limits          preprint. (A comment was accepted by the committee.)
not only with chlorine but with oxygen.
                                                                       For a number of years we have been using the text in the 2001 edi-
These correlations and the use of weight as a unit of measure          tion and earlier as justification for our inspectors to look at several
in the form of a TIA will resolve previously overlooked tech-          items on trucks we inspect to make sure they comply with DOT
nical problems while allowing the TIA to be used by extract            rules. The way the Code was worded, it suggested that the Code
serving other key NFPA codes and standards including NFPA              was concerned that these vehicles comply with DOT regulations.
1, 400 and 5000.                                                       It gave us the authority to enforce the Code and, thereby, other
                                                                       requirements in documents referenced in it.
1 National Fire Protection Association 2006 Directory, NFPA
Quincy, MA 2005, Part V Regulations and Procedures, Sec-               When the text was changed to state that these vehicles are outside
tion 5-2, Part V, page 57.                                             of the scope of the Code, we lost the authority to inspect the trucks
                                                                       according to DOT requirements. We still look at these items, but
                                                                       it is now it is merely an advisory statement for the truck operators.
NFPA 58-2004                                                           Because of this change to the Code, we have lost the authority to
Liquefied Petroleum Gas Code                                           require that they fix items not in compliance with the DOT rules.
TIA Log No. 875                                                        As a result, the LP-Gas portions of the equipment are not inspected
Reference: 9.1                                                         very often by the agency with the authority to make problems get
Comment Closing Date: May 18, 2007                                     fixed.
Submitter: Richard G. Fredenburg, State of North Carolina, Dept.
of Agriculture & Consumer Services                                     Our state’s Motor Carrier Enforcement officers, who enforce DOT
                                                                       requirements, inspect a very small portion of the LP-Gas indus-
1. Revise Section 9.1 of NFPA 58 to read:                              try vehicles. It is conceivable and probable that they never see a
 9.1 Scope.                                                            majority of the trucks, as they have no system in place to look at
 9.1.1 This chapter applies to containers, container                   all vehicles. It is more of a partial, random screening of vehicles
appurtenances, piping, valves, equipment, and vehicles                 they happen to see on the road. Our inspectors make an attempt
used in the transportation of LP-Gas, as follows:                      to inspect every delivery vehicle every year to correct safety and
 (1) Transportation of cylinders                                       calibration issues.




                                                                   4                                                             April, 2007
As a result of this change to the Code, the effect on our inspec-            1. Add a new definition to Chapter 3 as follows:
tion program was more than editorial. It changed the intent of the           Back-vent system. An exhaust vent system designed to transport
statement and our ability to require compliance with safety require-         residual vapors from a sterilization chamber to a designated point
ments.                                                                       of termination outside of the building.

Emergency Nature: This change to the LP-Gas Code falls under                 2. Revise Section 11.5 as follows:
Sections 5.2 (a) and 5.2 (f) of the NFPA Regulations Governing               11.5 Oxidizing Emission Control Devices.*
Committee Projects.                                                          11.5.1 General.
                                                                             11.5.1 11.5.1.1 All interlocks and safeguards shall be in place
5.2 (a) reads, “The document contains an error or an omission that           before sterilization begins.
was overlooked during a regular revision process.” I submit that             11.5.2 11.5.1.2 Sterilization products that sit idle in the sterilization
the entire change was completely overlooked during the revision              or aeration room shall be periodically washed or vented.
process in that is was not reviewed by the committee or even made            11.5.3 Ethylene oxide concentration in the sterilizer before the
known to them.                                                               back vents shall be monitored to avoid venting high ethylene oxide
                                                                             concentrations to the oxidizing emission control device.
5.2 (f) reads, “The proposed TIA intends to correct a circumstance           11.5.4 11.5.1.3 Confined spaces shall be vented to the outside after
in which the revised document has resulted in an adverse impact              power loss. 11.5.5 Ethylene oxide lines shall not be purged to an
on a product or method that was inadvertently overlooked in the              oxidizing emission control device.
total revision process, or was without adequate technical (safety)           11.5.6 11.5.1.4 Regular preventive maintenance shall be per-
justification for the action.” This change had an adverse impact             formed.
on the method of conducting safety inspections in our state. No              11.5.2 Sterilizers equipped with back-vent systems connected to
justification or substantiation for the change was ever presented to         emission control devices.
the committee.                                                               11.5.2.1 Sterilizers equipped with a back-vent system connected to
                                                                             an oxidizing emission control device shall be in accordance with
                                                                             11.5.2.1.
NFPA 59-2004                                                                 11.5.2.1.1 Engineering controls shall be provided to ensure that
Utility LP-Gas Plant Code                                                    residual ethylene oxide concentration at the entrance to the oxi-
TIA Log No. 874                                                              dizing emission control device does not exceed 25% of the lower
Reference: 3.3.18 Utility Gas Plant                                          flammable limit (0.75% by volume) as follows):
Comment Closing Date: May 18, 2007                                           (1) The sterilization chamber shall be equipped with gas detection
Submitter: Mike Osmundson, LExICON Propane Group                             to monitor the concentration of ethylene oxide within the steriliza-
                                                                             tion chamber.
1. Revise the definition of Utility Gas Plant to read:                       (2) A safety interlock shall be provided to prevent the back-vent
3.3.18 A plant that stores and vaporizes LP-Gas and that supplies            system from opening if the concentration of ethylene oxide in the
either LP-Gas or LP-Gas/air mixtures as a supplemental fuel along            sterilization chamber exceeds the predetermined limits required by
with natural gas or other fuel gas to a gas distribution system of 10        the operating procedures specified in 8.1.1.
or more customers.                                                           (3)* Exhaust duct systems used to convey ethylene oxide vapors
                                                                             shall be in accordance with the mechanical code.
Submitter’s Reason: Acceptance of this comment will avoid con-               11.5.3* Piping used to convey ethylene oxide to the steriliza-
flicts between the scopes of NFPA 58 “LP-Gas Code” and NFPA                  tion process shall not be purged to an oxidizing emission control
59 “Utility LP-Gas Plant Code”. The scope of NFPA 59 depends                 device.
chiefly on the definition of “Utility Gas Plant”. In recent editions
of NFPA 59, this definition has been changed with the effect that            3. Add Annex notes to Annex A as follows:
the scope of NFPA 59 now conflicts with the scope of NFPA 58.                A.11.5 Oxidizing emission control devices can include catalytic
                                                                             converters, flares or other active sources of ignition.
Emergency Nature: System owners, inspectors, and code                        A.11.5.2.1.1 Engineering controls can include computer and/or
enforcement agencies need a clear dividing line between NFPA 58              programmable logic controllers and associated software and hard-
and NFPA 59. The differences between the codes can and have                  ware that control the sterilization process, safety interlocks, purge
caused design, installation, approval and jurisdictional problems            systems, gas detection, and monitoring systems. The controls pro-
for systems which appear to overlap the scopes of the codes. In              vided are to ensure that the concentration of ethylene oxide at the
addition, if there is an incident at a facility, proper application of       point where it is released to the emission control device is reduced
the codes could be an important issue.                                       below 25% of its lower flammable limit.
                                                                             A.11.5.2.1.1(3) The mechanical code in use by the jurisdiction in
                                                                             which the installation is located is used to establish requirements
NFPA 560-2007                                                                design of the exhaust duct system. Requirements for the duct sys-
Standard for the Storage, Handling, and Use of Ethylene Oxide                tem can vary depending on the mechanical code in use as well as
for Sterilization and Fumigation                                             with the maximum concentration of ethylene oxide to be released
TIA Log No. 873                                                              to the duct system for any specific process.
Reference: Chapter 3 and 11.5
Comment Closing Date: May 18, 2007                                           4. Add an informational reference to Annex C.1.1 as follows:
Submitter: Randolph Viscomi, ARC Specialty Products Corporation              NFPA 86, Standard for Ovens and Furnaces, 2007 Edition




                                                                         5                                                               April, 2007
5. Add an informational reference to Annex C2 as follows:                     Association include a majority of sterilization companies across
NIOSH Alert: Preventing Worker Injuries and Deaths from                       the country as well as the primary supplier of ethylene oxide to the
Explosions in Industrial Ethylene Oxide Sterilization Facilities.             industry Arc Specialty Products. The output from the task group
The report is available to the public through www.cdc.gov/niosh/              is submitted in the form of a Tentative Interim Amendment for
homepage.html.                                                                consideration by the IMG TC members and the NFPA membership.
                                                                              The proposal represents the consensus of the task group and ful-
Submitter’s Reason: On August 19, 2004 an explosion of eth-                   fills the request of the CSB. In addition, minor changes have been
ylene oxide gas occurred at a sterilization facility in Southern              made to existing text to further clarify the intent of the provisions
California. The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation                 to ensure that safeguards are operational as well as being present
Board (CSB) investigated the explosion and in their written report            before the sterilization process is begun.
published recommendations in their findings as to the cause of
the incident.1 The CSB is an independent federal agency charged               Emergency Nature: The determination of emergency nature
with investigating industrial chemical accidents. The agency’s                for acceptance of a Tentative Interim Amendment (TIA) must be
Board members are appointed by the president and confirmed by                 based on the evaluation of one or more of the specific factors listed
the Senate. CSB investigations look into all aspects of chemical              in Section 5-2 of the Regulations Governing Committee Projects
accidents, including physical causes such as equipment failure as             which may include one or more of the following: 2
well as inadequacies in safety management systems, regulations,               (a) The document contains an error or an omission that was over-
and industry standards. The Board does not issue citations or fines           looked during a regular revision process.
but does make safety recommendations to plants, industry organi-              (b) The document contains a conflict within the document or with
zations, labor groups, and regulatory agencies such as OSHA and               another NFPA document.
EPA. The CSB had specific recommendations for consideration by                (c) The proposed TIA intends to correct a previously unknown
NFPA to reduce the potential for future explosions from the condi-            existing hazard.
tions determined to be in place at the time of the incident and the           (d) The proposed TIA intends to offer to the public a benefit that
applicable regulatory controls integral to the NFPA 560 standard.             would lessen a recognized (known) hazard or ameliorate a continu-
The recommendations cited (along with the internal CSB refer-                 ing dangerous condition or situation.
ences) include the following points relevant to NFPA 560:                     (e) The proposed TIA intends to accomplish a recognition of an
1. Include references to NFPA 69, Standard on Explosion Preven-               advance in the art of safeguarding property or life where an alter-
tion Systems (CSB Reference 2004-11-I-R9).                                    native method is not in current use or is unavailable to the public.
2. Include references to NFPA 86, Ovens and Furnaces (CSB Ref-                (f) The proposed TIA intends to correct a circumstance in which
erence 2004- 11-I-R9).                                                        the revised document has resulted in an adverse impact on a
3. Include references to include NIOSH Alert: Preventing Worker               product or method that was inadvertently overlooked in the total
Injuries and Deaths from Explosions in Industrial Ethylene Oxide              revision process, or was without adequate technical (safety) jus-
Sterilization Facilities (CSB Reference 2004-11-I-R9).                        tification for the action. Although it might be argued that there
4. Include requirements for appropriate safeguards: (2004-11-I-               are other factors that justify the use of a TIA in this instance, the
CA-R10)                                                                       primary factor to consider is embodied in item (d) above – specifi-
a. Real-Time chamber and /or effluent concentration monitoring                cally:
connected to alarms, interlocks, and/or fast acting control devices.          (d) The proposed TIA intends to offer to the public a benefit that
b. Post ignition deflagration detection and damage control devices.           would lessen a recognized (known) hazard or ameliorate a con-
During the Report on Comments (ROC) meeting of November                       tinuing dangerous condition or situation.
2006 to produce the 2007 edition of the standard the IMG TC                   The 2007 Edition of NFPA 560 represents the most current position
issued a committee comment (#CC3, Item 560-1) to include a ref-               of NFPA in the controls surrounding the sterilization process. This
erence to NFPA 69 in Section 2.2 of the document. As this work                document will likely be used by enforcement officials through-
was complete it is not a portion of the TIA submittal. On May 6,              out the country to address sterilization facilities that now exist as
2006 the Industrial and Medical Gas Technical Committee (IMG                  well as those that will be constructed within the next three to five
TC) assigned the development of further technical provisions and              years. Following the CSB recommendations will result in needed
response to a task group and charged the group with the responsi-             improvements to the standard and public safety will be enhanced
bility of reviewing the CSB report within the Safety and Hazard               as a result.
Investigation Board, Report No. 2004-11-I-CA dated January 2006.
context of NFPA 560. The task group consisted of members of the               1 Investigation Report, Sterigenics (4 employees injured), Sterigen-
IMG TC including those with specific knowledge of the industry                ics, Ontario CA, August 19, 2004, U.S. Chemical
                                                                              2 National Fire Protection Association 2006 Directory,
as well as with an in depth knowledge of the standards under the
auspices of the technical committee. The task group invited par-              NFPA Quincy, MA 2005, Part V Regulations and Pro-
ticipation by others within the sterilization industry. Participants in       cedures, Section 5-2, Part V, page 57.
the task group included representation from the following contract
sterilization companies: Sterigenics International, Inc.; Steris Inc.;
Professional Contract Sterilization, Inc., and Sterilization Services
Inc. In addition to the service providers the task group included             Errata Issued
representation from medical device manufacturers that sterilize
devices manufactured in-house including BD Medical and Cobe                   The following errata have been issued. Copies of errata (if
Sterilization Services, Inc which also provides contract steriliza-           not published here) are available on the NFPA web site at
tion services. The members of the Ethylene Oxide Sterilization                http://www.nfpa.org/categoryList.asp?categoryID=842&URL;
                                                                              from the NFPA Fulfillment Center, 11 Tracy Drive, Avon, MA
                                                                              02322; or by calling 800-344-3555.



                                                                          6                                                           April, 2007
NFPA 31–2006                                                                   NFPA 1994–2007
Standard for the Installation of Oil-Burning Equipment                         Standard on Protective Ensembles for First Responders to CBRN
Reference: Figure A.6.7.3                                                      Terrorism Incidents
Errata No.: 31-06-01                                                           Reference: 7.2.3.5
                                                                               Errata No.: 1994-07-02
1. In Figure A.6.7.3, the NOTE should read as follows:
NOTE. All distances are measured from the nearest point of the air             1. In Section 7.2.3.5 revise the text to read as follows:
inlet or draft vent terminal.                                                  7.2.3.5 Class 3 glove materials shall be tested for puncture resis-
                                                                               tance as specified in Section 8.15, Puncture Resistance Test 1, and
                                                                               shall have a puncture resistance of not less than 19 11 N (2.5 lbf).
NFPA 31–2006
Standard for the Installation of Oil-Burning Equipment
Reference: 7.5.9(1)
Errata No.: 31-06-02                                                           Issued Tentative Interim
1. Paragraph 7.5.9(1) should read as follows:
                                                                               Amendment
(1) The tank shall be pitched toward the opening with a slope of not
                                                                               The following TIA was issued by the Standards Council at its
less than 1/4 in. for every 5 ft of length (4 mm/m).
                                                                               Marcy 15, 2007 meeting. Copies of this TIA are also available
                                                                               from the NFPA Website at www.nfpa.org/codes/TIAs_Errata.asp;
                                                                               from the NFPA Fulfillment Center, 11 Tracy Drive, Avon, MA
NFPA 59A–2006
                                                                               02322; or by calling 800-344-3555.
Standard for the Production, Storage, and Handling of Liquefied
Natural Gas (LNG)
                                                                               NFPA 1971-2007
Reference: 13.3.14.2(B)
                                                                               Protective Ensembles for Structural Fire Fighting and Proximity
Errata No.: 59A-06-04
                                                                               Fire Fighting
                                                                               Reference: 7.1.19 and 7.2.4
1. Revise text in 13.3.14.2(B) to read as follows:
                                                                               TIA 07-2 (NFPA 1971)
 13.3.14.2 Usage.
                                                                               (SC 07-3-1)
 (A) The method of design described in 13.3.14.1 shall be used only
                                                                               (Log No.’s.869R)
where the natural period, T, of the shop-built container and its sup-
                                                                               (See NFPA News Vol. 11 No. 10)
porting system is less than 0.06 second.
 (B) If the natural period T is 0.6 0.06 or greater, 7.2.2.1 and 7.2.2.2
                                                                               1. Delete 7.1.19 as follows:
shall apply.
                                                                               [Garment outer shells and collar linings shall be individually tested
                                                                               for strength after washing as specified in Section 8.50, Breaking
                                                                               Strength Test and shall have a breaking strength of not less than
NFPA 105–2007
                                                                               623 N (140 lbf)].
Standard for the Installation of Smoke Door Assemblies and Other
Opening Protectives
                                                                               2. Add new 7.2.4 to read: Garment outer shells and col-
Reference: 2.2 and 6.5.1
                                                                               lar linings shall be individually tested for strength after
Errata No.: 105-07-01
                                                                               washing as specified in Section 8.50, Breaking Strength
                                                                               Test, and shall have a breaking strength of not less than
1. Revise section 2.2 as follows:
                                                                               623 N (140 lbf).
2.2 NFPA Publications. National Fire Protection Association, 1 Bat-
terymarch Park, Quincy, MA 02169-7471.
  NFPA 72®, National Fire Alarm Code®, 2007 edition.
  NFPA 80, Standard for Fire Doors and Other Opening Protectives,
2007 edition.
                                                                               Tentative Interim Amendment
  NFPA 921, Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations, 2004 edi-             Not Issued
tion.
  NFPA 92A, Standard for Smoke-Control Systems Utilizing Barriers              The following TIA was not issued by the Standards Council at its
and Pressure Differences, 2006 edition.                                        March 15, 2007 meeting.

2. Revise section 6.5.1 as follows:                                            NFPA 79-2007
 6.5.1 Smoke dampers for dedicated and non-dedicated smoke                     Electrical Standard for Industrial Machinery
control systems shall be inspected and tested in accordance with               TIA Log 871
NFPA 921, Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations NFPA 92A,                Reference: A.9.2.5.4.1.4
Standard for Smoke-Control Systems Utilizing Barriers and Pressure             (See NFPA News Vol. 11 No. 1)
Differences.




                                                                           7                                                             April, 2007
Standards Council News                                                    Comments Sought on Proposed New
New Projects Approved                                                     Documents
At its March, 2007 meeting the Standards Council approved the             The Standards Council is requesting comments on the need to
formation of a two new committees.                                        develop the following documents:

Emergency Communication Systems.                                          Vessels Used for Emergency Operations other than Fire Fight-
This Committee will report to the TCC on Signaling Systems. The           ing
proposed scope for this committee is as follows:                          The Marine Fire Fighting Vessels Committee is requesting to
                                                                          develop a new document for Vessels Used for Emergency Opera-
    PROPOSED SCOPE: This Committee shall have primary                     tions other than Fire Fighting.
    responsibility for documents on the installation and perfor-
    mance of emergency communications systems (including                  Recommended Practice to Measure the Performance of EMS
    mass notification systems) and their components.                      Systems
                                                                          The Emergency Medical Services is requesting to develop a new
Confined Space Safe Work Practices.                                       Recommended Practice to Measure the Performance of EMS Sys-
This will be a new Technical Committee. The proposed scope for            tems.
this committee is as follows:
                                                                          Roof Calorimeter Standard
    PROPOSED SCOPE: This Committee shall have primary                     The Fire Test Committee is requesting to develop a new Roof
    responsibility for documents on safeguarding against fire,            Calorimeter Standard.
    explosion, and health hazards associated with entry and work
    in confined and enclosed spaces. The Committee shall also             NFPA is publishing this notice of receipt of the requests soliciting
    have primary responsibility for developing safe work prac-            opinions on the need for the document(s), information on resources
    tices based upon hazard recognition, evaluation, and control          available on the subject matter, the names of those interested
    for those occupancies with confined or enclosed spaces. The           in participating in the document development, if approved, and
    safe work practices shall also address exit procedures from           other organizations actively involved with this subject matter.
    the spaces.                                                           Responses should be sent to Codes and Standards Administration,
                                                                          NFPA, 1 Batterymarch Park, Quincy, MA 02169-7471.
Anyone interested in serving on one of these committees or on any
NFPA technical committee can download a form from NFPA’s web
site at http://www.nfpa.org/assets/files/PDF/TCApp.pdf or request
a technical committee application form from Codes and Standards           Call for Members
Administration, NFPA, One Batterymarch Park, Quincy, MA
02169-7471.                                                               The Committee on Aircraft Maintenance Operations is seeking
                                                                          members in all interest categories. This Committee is responsible
                                                                          for NFPA 410, Standard on Aircraft Maintenance.
New Documents/TCs Approved                                                The Committee on Animal Housing Facilities is seeking mem-
                                                                          bers in all interest categories. This Committee is responsible for
The Standards Council, at its March 15, 2007 meeting, has                 NFPA 150, Standard on Fire and Life Safety in Animal Housing
approved the development of two new documents.                            Facilities.

The Flash Fire Protective Garments Committee will be writing              The Committee on Boiler Combustion System Hazards—Flu-
a document(s) that would cover 1) design, manufacturing, testing,         idized Bed Boilers is seeking members in all interest categories
and certification of new single-use or limited-use flame-resistant        except manufacturer. This Committee is responsible for chapters
garments; and 2) selection, care, maintenance and use of single-use       in NFPA 85, Boiler and Combustion Systems Hazards Code.
or limited-use flame-resistant garments.
                                                                          The Committee on Boiler Combustion System Hazards—Fun-
A new Technical Committee under the NEC Technical Correlating             damentals is seeking members in all interest categories except
Committee was established to address the subjects of Unlabeled            manufacturer. This Committee is responsible for chapters in NFPA
Electrical Equipment Evaluation and Third Party Field Evaluation          85, Boiler and Combustion Systems Hazards Code.
Bodies.
                                                                          The Committee on Boiler Combustion System Hazards—Pul-
Anyone interested in participating in the development of these            verized Fuel Systems is seeking members in all interest categories
documents or serving on any NFPA technical committee can down-            except manufacturer and users. This Committee is responsible for
load a Technical Committee form from NFPA’s web site at http://           chapters in NFPA 85, Boiler and Combustion Systems Hazards
www.nfpa.org/assets/files/PDF/TCApp.pdf or request a form from            Code.
Codes and Standards Administration, NFPA, One Batterymarch
Park, Quincy, MA 02169-7471.                                              The Committee on Boiler Combustion System Hazards—Single
                                                                          Burner Boilers is seeking members in all interest categories



                                                                      8                                                           April, 2007
except manufacturer. This Committee is responsible for chapters             Public and NFPA 1250, Recommended Practice in Emergency Ser-
in NFPA 85, Boiler and Combustion Systems Hazards Code.                     vice Organization Risk Management.

The Committee on Boiler Combustion System Hazards—                          The Committee on Emergency Vehicle Mechanic Technicians
Stoker Operations is seeking members in all interest categories             Professional Qualifications is seeking members in all interest cat-
except manufacturers and users. This Committee is responsible               egories. This Committee is responsible for NFPA 1071, Standard
for stoker material in NFPA 85, Boiler and Combustion Systems               for Emergency Vehicle Technician Professional Qualifications.
Hazards Code.
                                                                            The Committee on Explosives is seeking members in all interest
The Committee on Combustible Metals and Metal Dusts is                      categories except manufacturers. This Committee is responsible
seeking members in all interest categories except manufacturer and          for NFPA 495, Explosive Materials Code and NFPA 498, Standard
user. The Committee is responsible for NFPA 484, Standard for               for Safe Havens and Interchange Lots for Vehicles Transporting
Combustible Metals.                                                         Explosives.

The Committee on Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Vehicular                     The Committee on Exposure Fire Protection is seeking members
Fuel Systems Code is seeking members in the interest category of            in all interest categories except manufacturers. This Committee is
enforcer. This Committee is responsible for NFPA 52, Vehicular              responsible for NFPA 80A, Recommended Practice for Protection
Fuel Systems Code.                                                          of Buildings from Exterior Fire Exposures.

The Committee on Chimneys, Fireplaces, and Venting Systems                  The Committee on Fine Aerosol Extinguishing Technology is
for Heat-Producing Appliances is seeking members in the inter-              seeking members in all interest categories except special experts.
est categories of installer/maintainer, enforcing authority, and con-
sumer. This Committee is responsible for NFPA 211, Standard for             The Committee on Fire Department Ground Ladders is seek-
Chimneys, Fireplaces, Vents, and Solid Fuel-Burning Appliances.             ing members in all interest categories except manufacturers. This
                                                                            Committee is responsible for NFPA 1931, Standard for Manufac-
The Committee on Electrical Equipment in Chemical Atmo-                     turer’s Design of Fire Department Ground Ladders; and NFPA
spheres is seeking members in all interest categories. This Com-            1932, Standard on Use, Maintenance, and Service Testing of In-
mittee is responsible for NFPA 496, Standard for Purged and                 Service Fire Department Ground Ladders.
Pressurized Enclosures for Electrical Equipment; NFPA 497,
Recommended Practice for the Classification of Flammable Liq-               The Committee on Fire Department Rescue Tools is seeking
uids, Gases, or Vapors and of Hazardous (Classified) Locations              members in all categories except manufacturer. This Committee is
for Electrical Installations in Chemical Process Areas; and NFPA            responsible for NFPA 1936, Standard on Powered Rescue Tools.
499, Recommended Practice for the Classification of Combustible
Dusts and of Hazardous (Classified) Locations for Electrical                The Committee on Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications
Installations in Chemical Process Areas.                                    is seeking members in all interest categories. This Committee is
                                                                            responsible for NFPA 1001, Standard for Fire Fighter Professional
The Committee on Electrical Equipment of Industrial Machin-                 Qualifications; NFPA 1002, Standard for Fire Apparatus Driver/
ery is seeking members in all interest categories except users or           Operator Professional Qualifications; NFPA 1003, Standard for
manufacturers. This Committee is responsible for NFPA 79, Elec-             Airport Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications; and NFPA 1005,
trical Standard for Industrial Machinery.                                   Standard on Professional Qualifications for Marine Fire Fighting
                                                                            for Land-Based Fire Fighters.
The Committee on Electrical Systems Maintenance is seeking
members in all interest categories except special experts. This             The Committee on Fire Marshal Professional Qualifications is
Committee is responsible for NFPA 73, Electrical Inspection Code            seeking members in all interest categories except users (fire mar-
for Existing Dwellings.                                                     shals). This Committee is responsible for NFPA 1037, Standard
                                                                            for Professional Qualifications for Fire Marshals.
The Committee on Electronic Safety Equipment for Fire and
Emergency Services is seeking members in the following interest             The Committee on Fire Officer Professional Qualifications is
categories: enforcer, labor, user and consumer. This Committee              seeking members in all interest categories. This Committee is
is responsible for NFPA 1982, Standard on Personal Alert Safety             responsible for NFPA 1021, Standard for Fire Officer Professional
Systems (PASS).                                                             Qualifications.

The Committee on Emergency Medical Services Protective                      The Committee on Fire Risk Assessment Methods is seeking
Clothing and Equipment is seeking members in the following                  members in all interest categories except special experts. The
interest categories: enforcer, labor and user. This Committee is            Committee is responsible for NFPA 550, Guide to the Fire Safety
responsible for NFPA 1999, Standard on Protective Clothing for              Concepts Tree and NFPA 551, Guide for the Evaluation of Fire
Emergency Medical Operations.                                               Risk Assessments.

The Committee on Emergency Services Organization Risk                       The Committee on Fire Service Instructor Professional Qualifi-
Management is seeking individuals in all categories except                  cations is seeking members in all interest categories except enforc-
enforcer and special expert. This Committee is responsible for              ers, special experts, and users. This Committee is responsible for
NFPA 1201, Standard for Providing Emergency Services to the                 NFPA 1041, Standard for Fire Service Instructor Professional
                                                                            Qualifications.



                                                                        9                                                           April, 2007
The Committee on Flash Fire Protective Garments is seeking                    Standard for Health Care Facilities and NFPA 99B, Standard for
members in all interest categories except manufacturer.                       Hypobaric Facilities.
This Committee is responsible for NFPA 2112, Standard on Flame-
Resistant Garments for Protection of Industrial Personnel Against             The Committee on Health Care Facilities—Mechanical Sys-
Flash Fire; and NFPA 2113, Standard on Selection, Care, Use, and              tems is seeking members in all interest categories, especially
Maintenance of Flame-Resistant Garments for Protection of Indus-              manufacturers. This Committee is responsible for chapters within
trial Personnel Against Flash Fire.                                           NFPA 99, Standard for Health Care Facilities.

The Committee on Fundamentals is seeking members in the                       The Committee on Health Care Facilities—Medical Equipment
following interest categories: enforcer and user. The Technical               is seeking members in all interest categories. This Committee is
Committee is responsible for portions of NFPA 30, Flammable and               responsible for chapters within NFPA 99, Standard for Health Care
Combustible Liquids Code.                                                     Facilities.

The Committee on Garages and Parking Structures is seeking                    The Committee on Health Care Facilities—Piping Systems
members in all interest categories except manufacturer, special               is seeking members in all interest categories. This Committee is
experts, and users. This Committee is responsible for NFPA 88A,               responsible for chapters within NFPA 99, Standard for Health Care
Standard for Parking Structures.                                              Facilities and NFPA 99C, Standard on Gas and Vacuum Systems.

The Committee on Handling and Conveying of Dusts, Vapors,                     The Committee on Hydrogen Technology is seeking members in
and Gases is seeking members in all interest categories except                all interest categories. This Committee is responsible for proposed
special experts. This Committee is responsible for NFPA 91,                   NFPA 2, Hydrogen Technologies Code.
Standard for Exhaust Systems for Air Conveying of Vapors, Gases,
Mists, and Noncombustible Particulate Solids; NFPA 654, Stan-                 The Committee on Incident Management Professional Quali-
dard for the Prevention of Fire and Dust Explosions from the Man-             fications is seeking members in all interest categories. This
ufacturing, Processing, and Handling of Combustible Particulate               Committee is responsible for proposed NFPA 1026, Standard for
Solids; and NFPA 655, Standard for Prevention of Sulfur Fires and             Incident Management Personnel Professional Qualifications.
Explosions.
                                                                              The Committee on Incinerators and Waste Handling Systems
The Committee on Hazard and Risk of Contents and Furnish-                     is seeking members in all interest categories except manufacturer.
ings is seeking members in the interest categories of enforcer,               This Committee is responsible for NFPA 82, Standard on Incinera-
consumer, insurance, fire service, education, and manufacturer.               tors and Waste and Linen Handling Systems and Equipment.
This Committee is responsible for NFPA 555, Guide on Methods
for Evaluating Potential for Room Flashover; proposed NFPA 556,               The Committee on Industrial and Medical Gases is seek-
Guide for Identification and Development of Mitigation Strategies             ing members in the enforcer category only. This Committee is
for Fire Hazard to Occupants of Passenger Road Vehicles; and                  responsible for NFPA 51, Standard for the Design and Installa-
proposed NFPA 557, Standard Fire Loads for Engineering Design                 tion of Oxygen–Fuel Gas Systems for Welding, Cutting, and Allied
of Structural Fire Resistance in Buildings.                                   Processes; NFPA 51A, Standard for Acetylene Cylinder Charging
                                                                              Plants; NFPA 55, Standard for the Storage, Use, and Handling of
The Technical Correlating Committee on Health Care Facilities                 Compressed Gases and Cryogenic Fluids in Portable and Station-
is seeking members in all interest categories. This Committee is              ary Containers, Cylinders, and Tanks; and NFPA 560, Standard for
responsible for NFPA 99, Standard for Health Care Facilities.                 the Storage, Handling, and Use of Ethylene Oxide for Sterilization
                                                                              and Fumigation.
The Committee on Health Care Facilities—Electrical Systems
is seeking members in all interest categories, especially in the areas        The Committee on Internal Combustion Engines is seeking
of telecommunications. This Committee is responsible for chap-                members in the interest categories of enforcer and user. This Com-
ters within NFPA 99, Standard for Health Care Facilities.                     mittee is responsible for NFPA 37, Standard for the Installation
                                                                              and Use of Stationary Combustion Engines and Gas Turbines.
The Committee on Health Care Facilities—Fundamentals is
seeking members in all interest categories, especially in the areas           The Committee on Liquid Fuel Burning Equipment is seek-
of health care systems, nursing homes and assisted living. This               ing members in the interest categories of enforcer, insurance, and
Committee is responsible for chapters within NFPA 99, Standard                user. This Committee is responsible for NFPA 31, Standard for the
for Health Care Facilities.                                                   Installation of Oil-Burning Equipment.

The Committee on Health Care Facilities—Health Care Emer-                     The Committee on Loss Prevention Procedures and Practices
gency Management and Security is seeking members in all inter-                is seeking members in all interest categories. This Committee is
est categories, especially in the areas of security. This Committee           responsible for NFPA 600, Standard on Industrial Fire Brigades;
is responsible for chapters within NFPA 99, Standard for Health               and NFPA 601, Standard for Security Services in Fire Loss Preven-
Care Facilities.                                                              tion.

The Committee on Health Care Facilities—Hyperbaric and                        The Committee on LP-Gases at Utility Gas Plants is seeking
Hypobaric Facilities is seeking members in all interest catego-               members in all interest categories except users. This Committee is
ries. This Committee is responsible for chapters within NFPA 99,              responsible for NFPA 59, Utility LP-Gas Plant Code.




                                                                         10                                                          April, 2007
The Committee on Manufacture of Organic Coatings is seek-                    The Committee on Shipbuilding, Repair, and Lay-Up is seeking
ing members in all interest categories except special expert. This           members in all interest categories. This Committee is responsible
Committee is responsible for NFPA 35, Standard for the Manufac-              for NFPA 312, Standard for Fire Protection of Vessels During Con-
ture of Organic Coatings.                                                    struction, Conversion, Repair, and Lay-Up.

The Committee on Manufactured Housing is seeking members                     The Committee on Solvent Extraction Plants is seeking mem-
in all interest categories except enforcing authority. This Commit-          bers in all interest categories except special expert. This Commit-
tee is responsible for NFPA 501, Manufactured Housing; NFPA                  tee is responsible for NFPA 36, Standard for Solvent Extraction
501A, Manufactured Home Installation, Sites, and Communities;                Plants.
and NFPA 225, Manufactured Housing Installation.
                                                                             The Committee on Special Operations Protective Clothing
The Committee on Marine Terminals is seeking new members                     and Equipment is seeking members in the following interest cat-
in all interest categories except special interest. This Committee is        egories: enforcer, labor, user, and consumer. This Committee is
responsible for NFPA 307, Standard for the Construction and Fire             responsible for NFPA 1951, Standard on Protective Ensemble for
Protection of Marine Terminals, Piers, and Wharves.                          USAR Operations; NFPA 1975, Station/Work Uniforms for Fire
                                                                             and Emergency Services; and NFPA 1983, Standard on Life Safety
The Committee on Merchant Vessels is seeking members from                    Rope and Equipment for Emergency Services.
the commercial fishing industry and towing vessel industry. This
Committee is responsible for NFPA 301, Code for Safety to Life               The Committee on Static Electricity is seeking members in the
from Fire on Merchant Vessels.                                               categories of enforcer, insurance, and research/testing. This Com-
                                                                             mittee is responsible for NFPA 77, Recommended Practice on
The Committee on Mining Facilities is seeking new members                    Static Electricity.
in the user category, specifically the metal mining industry. This
Committee is responsible for NFPA 120, Standard for Fire Preven-             The Committee on Tank Leakage and Repair Safeguards is
tion and Control in Coal Mines; and NFPA 122, Standard for Fire              seeking members in the interest categories of equipment manu-
Prevention and Control in Metal/Nonmetal Mining and Metal Min-               facturers and insurance. This Committee is responsible for NFPA
eral Processing Facilities.                                                  326, Standard for the Safeguarding of Tanks and Containers for
                                                                             Entry, Cleaning, or Repair; and NFPA 329, Recommended Prac-
The Committee on Pre-Incident Planning is seeking new mem-                   tice for Handling Releases of Flammable and Combustible Liquids
bers in all interest categories. The Committee is responsible for            and Gases.
NFPA 1620, Recommended Practice for Pre-Incident Planning.
                                                                             The Committee on Textile and Garment Care Processes is seek-
The Committee on Public Emergency Service Communication                      ing members in all interest categories except users and manufac-
is seeking members for the installer/maintainer category. This               turers. This Committee is responsible for NFPA 32, Standard for
Committee is responsible for NFPA 1221, Standard for the Instal-             Drycleaning Plants.
lation, Maintenance, and Use of Emergency Services Communica-
tions Systems.                                                               The Committee on Transportation of Flammable Liquids is
                                                                             seeking members in the interest categories of insurance and manu-
The Committee on Public Fire Educator Professional Qualifi-                  facturer. This Committee is responsible for NFPA 385, Standard
cations is seeking members in all interest categories except labor           for Tank Vehicles for Flammable and Combustible Liquids.
and user. This Committee is responsible for NFPA 1035, Standard
for Professional Qualifications for Public Fire and Life Safety              The Committee on Wastewater Treatment Plants is seeking
Educator.                                                                    members in all interest categories except manufacturer and special
                                                                             experts. This Committee is responsible for NFPA 820, Standard
The Committee on Public Fire Reporting Systems is seeking                    for Fire Protection in Wastewater Treatment and Collection Facili-
members in all categories except manufacturers. This Committee               ties.
is responsible for chapters in NFPA 72®, National Fire Alarm Code®.
                                                                             The Committee on Water Additives for Fire Control and Vapor
The Committee on Public Safety Telecommunicator Profes-                      Mitigation is seeking members in the categories of user and
sional Qualifications is seeking members in all interest categories.         enforcer. This Committee is responsible for NFPA 18, Standard on
This Committee is responsible for NFPA 1061, Standard for Pro-               Wetting Agents; and NFPA 18A, Standard on Water Additives for
fessional Qualifications for Public Safety Telecommunicator.                 Fire Control and Vapor Mitigation.

The Committee on Road Tunnel and Highway Fire Protec-                        The Committee on Water-Cooling Towers is seeking members in
tion is seeking members in the following categories: enforcers,              all interest categories except insurance. This Committee is respon-
researchers, and users. This Committee is responsible for NFPA               sible for NFPA 214, Standard on Water-Cooling Towers.
502, Standard for Road Tunnels, Bridges, and Other Limited
Access Highways.                                                             The Committee on Water Spray Fixed Systems is seeking mem-
                                                                             bers in the enforcing authority interest category. This Committee
The Committee on Safety to Life—Educational and Day-Care                     is responsible for NFPA 15, Standard for Water Spray Fixed Sys-
Occupancies is seeking members in all interest categories. The               tems for Fire Protection.
Committee is responsible for chapters in NFPA 101®, Life Safety
Code®.



                                                                        11                                                           April, 2007
The Committee on Wildfire Suppression Professional Qualifi-              May
cations is seeking members in all categories. This Committee is
responsible for NFPA 1051, Standard for Wildland Fire Fighter            1–3       Special Operations Protective Clothing and
Professional Qualifications.                                                       Equipment, Colorado Springs, CO
                                                                         7–9       Fixed Guideway Transit System, NFPA Headquarters,
Anyone interested in serving on one of these committees or on                      Quincy, MA
any NFPA technical committee can download a form from NFPA’s             10        TCC Professional Qualifications, San Diego, CA
web site at http://www.nfpa.org/assets/files/PDF/TCApp.pdf or            16–18     Electrical Equipment for Industrial Machiner,
request a technical committee application form from Codes and                      Seattle, WA
Standards Administration, NFPA, One Batterymarch Park, Quincy,           22–24     Cultural Resources, Ottawa, Canada
MA 02169-7471.


                                                                         June
Minutes Available
                                                                         3–7       NFPA World Safety Conference and Exposition®,
The NFPA Standards Council met on March 14-15, 2007 in                             Boston, MA
Miami, Florida. The minutes are posted on NFPA’s web site at             4         NFPA Standards Council, Conference Call
http://www.nfpa.org/categoryList.asp?categoryID=835&URL. A               14–15     Manufactured Housing, Orlando, FL
copy of the minutes of this meeting can also be obtained by writ-        26–28     Industrial and Medical Gases, Cincinnati, OH
ing to Codes and Standards Administration, NFPA, One Battery-
march Park, Quincy, MA 02169-7471.                                       July

                                                                         9–10      Structural & Proximity Protective Clothing and
Coming Events                                                            17–19
                                                                                   Equipment, Portland, ME
                                                                                   Vehicular Alternative Fuel Systems,
Committee Calendar                                                                 Redondo Beach, CA
                                                                         23–24     TCC National Electrical Code, Las Vegas, NV
April                                                                    24–27     NFPA Standards Council, Las Vegas, NV

11–12     TCC Building Code/Life Safety Code, Denver, CO                 September
16        Animal Housing Facilities, Conference Call
17–19     Hydrogen Technology, Detroit, MI                               17–19    Uniform Fire Code, East Lansing, MI
23–27     Fire Investigations, Indianapolis, IN                          26–28    Forest and Rural Technical Committee,
25–27     Electrical Equipment Maintenance, Portsmouth, VA                        Manchester, NH
26–28     Electronic Safety Equipment, Oklahoma City, OK                 29-Oct 5 Electrical Safety in the Workplace, San Diego, CA

                                                                         October

                                                                         3–4       NFPA Standards Council, San Diego, CA
                                                                         8–11      Hazardous Chemicals, Seattle, WA



Committees Soliciting Proposals
The committees for the following documents are planning to begin preparation of their reports. In accordance with the Regulations
Governing Committee Projects, committees are now accepting proposals for recommendations on content for the documents listed
below. Proposals received by 5:00 p.m. ET on the closing date indicated will be acted on by the committee, and that action will
be published in the committee’s report. Proposals must be submitted to Codes and Standards Administration on proposal forms
available in the back of all NFPA documents or from NFPA headquarters. (NOTE: For information on specific committee meet-
ing dates, contact Codes and Standards Administration, NFPA.) Copies of new document drafts are available from Codes and
Standards Administration, NFPA, One Batterymarch Park, Quincy, MA 02169-7471, or they may be downloaded from NFPA’s web
site at http://www.nfpa.org/itemDetail.asp?categoryID=163&itemID=19006. If you need a current edition of a document, please
contact NFPA, Fulfillment Center, 11 Tracy Drive, Avon, MA 02322, or call 800-344-3555.

Document No./                                                                                               Proposal     Meeting
Edition                        Title                                                                        Closing Date Reporting

NFPA 2–P*          Hydrogen Technologies Code                                                             5/30/2008        F2009
NFPA 13–2007       Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems                                     10/5/2007        A2009
NFPA 13D–2007      Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems in One- and Two-Family Dwellings and
                   Manufactured Homes                                                                     10/5/2007        A2009



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NFPA 13R–2007   Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems in Residential Occupancies up to and
                Including Four Stories in Height                                                        10/5/2007    A2009
NFPA 14–2007    Standard for the Installation of Standpipes and Hose Systems                            5/25/2007    F2008
NFPA 24–2007    Standard for the Installation of Private Fire Service Mains and Their Appurtenances     10/5/2007    A2009
NFPA 52–2006    Vehicular Fuel Systems Code                                                             5/25/2007    F2008
NFPA 53–2004    Recommended Practice on Materials, Equipment and Systems Used in Oxygen-Enriched
                Atmospheres                                                                             5/25/2007    F2008
NFPA 55–2005    Standard for the Storage, Use, and Handling of Compressed Gases and Cryogenic Fluids
                in Portable and Stationary Containers, Cylinders, and Tanks                             5/25/2007    F2008
†NFPA 70B–2006 Recommended Practice for Electrical Equipment Maintenance                                5/30/2008    F2009
NFPA 72–2007    National Fire Alarm Code®                                                               11/2/2007    A2009
NFPA 82–2004    Standard on Incinerators and Waste and Linen Handling Systems and Equipment             5/25/2007    F2008
NFPA 99–2005    Standard for Health Care Facilities                                                     11/26/2007   A2009
NFPA 99B–2005 Standard for Hypobaric Facilities                                                         11/26/2007   A2009
NFPA 99C–2005 Standard on Gas and Vacuum Systems                                                        11/26/2007   A2009
NFPA 101A–2007 Guide on Alternative Approaches to Life Safety                                           11/26/2007   A2009
NFPA 110–2005 Standard for Emergency and Standby Power Systems                                          11/26/2007   A2009
NFPA 111–2005 Standard on Stored Electrical Energy Emergency and Standby Power Systems                  11/26/2007   A2009
NFPA 150–2007 Standard on Fire and Life Safety in Animal Housing Facilities                             5/25/2007    F2008
NFPA 211–2006 Standard for Chimneys, Fireplaces, Vents, and Solid Fuel-Burning Appliances               5/25/2007    F2008
NFPA 214–2005 Standard on Water-Cooling Towers                                                          5/30/2008    F2009
NFPA 225–2005    Model Manufactured Home Installation Standard                                          5/25/2007    F2008
†NFPA 255–2006 Standard Method of Test of Surface Burning Characteristics of Building Materials         11/26/2007   F2009
NFPA 291–2007 Recommended Practice for Fire Flow Testing and Marking of Hydrants                        10/5/2007    A2009
NFPA 501–2005 Standard on Manufactured Housing                                                          5/25/2007    F2008
NFPA 501A–2005 Standard for Fire Safety Criteria for Manufactured Home Installations, Sites,
                and Communities                                                                         5/25/2007    F2008
NFPA 750–2006 Standard on Water Mist Fire Protection Systems                                            5/30/2008    F2009
†NFPA 850–2005 Recommended Practice for Fire Protection for Electric Generating Plants and High
                Voltage Direct Current Converter Stations                                               5/30/2008    F2009
†NFPA 851–2005 Recommended Practice for Fire Protection for Hydroelectric Generating Plants             5/30/2008    F2009
NFPA 914–2007 Code for Fire Protection of Historic Structures                                           5/25/2007    F2008
†NFPA 1201–2004 Standard for Providing Emergency Services to the Public                                 11/26/2007   F2009
†NFPA 1250–2004 Recommended Practice in Emergency Service Organization Risk Management                  11/26/2007   F2009
NFPA 1620–2003 Recommended Practice for Pre-Incident Planning                                           5/30/2008    F2009
NFPA 1670–2004 Standard on Operations and Training for Technical Search and Rescue Incidents            5/25/2007    F2008
NFPA 1710–2004 Standard for the Organization and Deployment of Fire Suppression Operations, Emergency
                Medical Operations, and Special Operations to the Public by Career Fire Departments     11/26/2007   A2009
NFPA 1720–2004 Standard for the Organization and Deployment of Fire Suppression Operations, Emergency
                Medical Operations and Special Operations to the Public by Volunteer Fire Departments 11/26/2007     A2009

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P* Proposed new document
† Change in proposal closing date or cycle




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