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National Fire Protection Association (NFPA): Request for Comments on NFPA's Codes and Standards

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AGENCY:

National Institute of Standards and Technology, Commerce.

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

Since 1896, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has accomplished its mission by advocating scientifically based consensus codes and standards, research, and education for safety related issues. NFPA's National Fire Codes®, which holds over 270 documents, are administered by more than 225 Technical Committees comprised of approximately 7,000 volunteers and are adopted and used throughout the world. NFPA is a nonprofit membership organization with approximately 80,000 members from over 70 nations, all working together to fulfill the Association's mission.

The NFPA process provides ample opportunity for public participation in the development of its codes and standards. All NFPA codes and standards are revised and updated every three to five years in Revision Cycles that begin twice each year and that takes approximately two years to complete. Each Revision Cycle proceeds according to a published schedule that includes final dates for all major events in the process. The process contains five basic steps that are followed both for Start Printed Page 69740developing new documents as well as revising existing documents. These steps are: Calling for Proposals; Publishing the Proposals in the Report on Proposals; Calling for Comments on the Committee's disposition of the Proposals and these Comments are published in the Report on Comments; having a Technical Report Session at the NFPA Annual Meeting; and finally, the Standards Council Consideration and Issuance of documents.

Note:

Under new rules effective this Fall 2005, anyone wishing to make Amending Motions on the Technical Committee Reports (ROP and ROC) must signal their intention by submitting a Notice of Intent to Make a Motion by the Deadline of October 20, 2006. Certified motions will be posted by November 17, 2006. Documents that receive notice of proper Amending Motions (Certified Amending Motions) will be presented for action at the annual June 2007 Association Technical Meeting. Documents that receive no motions will be forwarded directly to the Standards Council for action on issuance.

For more information on these new rules and for up-to-date information on schedules and deadlines for processing NFPA Documents, check the NFPA Web site at www.nfpa.org or contact NFPA Codes and Standards Administration.

The purpose of this notice is to request comments on the technical reports that will be published in the NFPA's 2006 Fall Revision Cycle. The publication of this notice by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on behalf of NFPA is being undertaken as a public service; NIST does not necessarily endorse, approve, or recommend any of the standards referenced in the notice.

DATES:

Thirty-six reports are published in the 2006 Fall Revision Cycle Report on Proposals and will be available on December 23, 2005. Comments received on or before March 3, 2006, will be considered by the respective NFPA Committees before final action is taken on the proposals.

ADDRESSES:

The 2006 Fall Revision Cycle Report on Proposals is available and downloadable from NFPA's Web site—www.nfpa.org or by requesting a copy from the NFPA, Fulfillment Center, 11 Tracy Drive, Avon, Massachusetts 02322. Comments on the report should be submitted to Casey C. Grant, Secretary, Standards Council, NFPA, 1 Batterymarch Park, Quincy, Massachusetts 02269-7471.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Casey C. Grant, Secretary, Standards Council, NFPA, 1 Batterymarch Park, Quincy, Massachusetts 02269-7471, (617) 770-3000.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) develops building, fire, and electrical safety codes and standards. Federal agencies frequently use these codes and standards as the basis for developing Federal regulations concerning safety. Often, the Office of the Federal Register approves the incorporation by reference of these standards under 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR Part 51.

Request for Comments

Interested persons may participate in these revisions by submitting written data, views, or arguments to Casey C. Grant, Secretary, Standards Council, NFPA, 1 Batterymarch Park, Quincy, Massachusetts 02269-7471. Commenters may use the forms provided for comments in the Reports on Proposals. Each person submitting a comment should include his or her name and address, identify the notice, and give reasons for any recommendations. Comments received on or before March 3, 2006, for the 2006 Fall Revision Cycle Report on Proposals will be considered by the NFPA before final action is taken on the proposals.

Copies of all written comments received and the disposition of those comments by the NFPA committees will be published as the 2006 Fall Revision Cycle Report on Comments by August 25, 2006. A copy of the Report on Comments will be sent automatically to each commenter.

2006 Fall Revision Cycle—Report on Proposals

[P = Partial revision; W = Withdrawal; R = Reconfirmation; N = New; C = Complete Revision]

NFPA 12Standard on Carbon Dioxide Extinguishing SystemsP
NFPA 12AStandard on Halon 1301 Fire Extinguishing SystemsP
NFPA 16Standard for the Installation of Foam-Water Sprinkler and Foam-Water Spray SystemsP
NFPA 18AStandard on Water Additives for Fire Control and Vapor MitigationN
NFPA 25Standard for the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection SystemsP
NFPA 30Flammable and Combustible Liquids CodeP
NFPA 51Standard for the Design and Installation of Oxygen-Fuel Gas Systems for Welding, Cutting, and Allied ProcessesP
NFPA 58Liquefied Petroleum Gas CodeP
NFPA 68Guide for Venting of DeflagrationsC
NFPA 85Boiler and Combustion Systems Hazards CodeP
NFPA 204Standard for Smoke and Heat VentingP
NFPA 385Standard for Tank Vehicles for Flammable and Combustible LiquidsP
NFPA 471Recommended Practice for Responding to Hazardous Materials IncidentsP
NFPA 472Standard for Professional Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials IncidentsC
NFPA 550Guide to the Fire Safety Concepts TreeR
NFPA 551Guide for the Evaluation of Fire Risk AssessmentsP
NFPA 560Standard for the Storage, Handling, and Use of Ethylene Oxide for Sterilization and FumigationP
NFPA 900Building Energy CodeP
NFPA 1005Standard on Professional Qualifications for Marine Fire Fighting for Land-Based Fire FightersN
NFPA 1037Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire MarshalsN
NFPA 1041Standard for Fire Service Instructor Professional QualificationsP
NFPA 1051Standard for Wildland Fire Fighter Professional QualificationsP
NFPA 1061Standard for Professional Qualifications for Public Safety TelecommunicatorP
NFPA 1402Guide to Building Fire Service Training CentersC
NFPA 1403Standard on Live Fire Training EvolutionsC
NFPA 1451Standard for a Fire Service Vehicle Operations Training ProgramC
NFPA 1600Standard on Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuity ProgramsC
NFPA 1851Standard on Selection, Care, and Maintenance of Structural Fire Fighting Protective EnsemblesC
NFPA 1911Standard for Service Tests of Fire Pump Systems on Fire ApparatusC
NFPA 1914Standard for Testing Fire Department Aerial DevicesW
NFPA 1915Standard for Fire Apparatus Preventive Maintenance ProgramW
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NFPA 1951Standard on Protective Ensemble for USAR OperationsC
NFPA 1961Standard on Fire HoseP
NFPA 1981Standard on Open-Circuit Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus for Fire and Emergency ServicesC
NFPA 1982Standard on Personal Alert Safety Systems (PASS)C
NFPA 2001Standard on Clean Agent Fire Extinguishing SystemsP
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Dated: November 8, 2005.

William Jeffrey,

Director.

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[FR Doc. 05-22785 Filed 11-16-05; 8:45 am]

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