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National Fire Codes: Request for Comments on NFPA Technical Committee Reports

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National Institute of Standards and Technology, Commerce.




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 take 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 developing new documents as well as revising existing documents. These steps are: Calling for Proposals; Publishing the Proposals in the Report on Proposals (ROP); Calling for Comments on the Committee's disposition of the Proposals and these Comments are published in the Report on Comments (ROC); having a Technical Report Session at the NFPA Annual Meeting; and finally, the Standards Council Consideration and Issuance of documents.


Under new rules effective 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 April 4, 2008. Certified motions will be posted by May 4, 2008. Documents that receive notice of proper Amending Motions (Certified Amending Motions) will be presented for action at the Annual 2008 Association Technical Meeting. Documents that receive no motions will be forwarded directly to the Standards Council for action on issuance at its July 24, 2008 meeting.

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 or contact NFPA Codes and Standards Administration.

The purpose of this notice is to request comments on the technical reports that will be presented at NFPA's 2008 Annual 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.


Forty-seven reports are published in the 2008 Annual Cycle Report on Proposals and will be available on June 22, 2007. Comments received on or before August 31, 2007, will be considered by the respective NFPA Committees before final action is taken on the proposals.


The 2008 Annual Revision Cycle Report on Proposals is available Start Printed Page 18635and downloadable from NFPA's Web site http://www/​ 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, P.O. Box 9101, Quincy, Massachusetts 02269-9101.

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Casey C. Grant, Secretary, Standards Council, NFPA, 1 Batterymarch Park, Quincy, Massachusetts 02269-9101, (617) 770-3000.

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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 fire 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 02269-9101. 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 August 31, 2007, for the 2008 Annual 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 2008 Annual Cycle Report on Comments by February 23, 2008. A copy of the Report on Comments will be sent automatically to each commenter. Reports of the Technical Committees on documents that do not receive a Notice of Intent to Make a Motion will automatically be forwarded to the Standards Council for action on issuance. Action on the reports of the Technical Committees on documents that do receive a Notice of Intent to Make a Motion will be taken at the Annual Meeting, June 2-6, 2008, in Las Vegas, Nevada, by NFPA members.

2008 Annual Meeting Report on Proposals

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

NFPA 1Uniform Fire CodeTMP
NFPA 12AStandard on Halon 1301 Fire Extinguishing SystemsP
NFPA 42Code for the Storage of Pyroxylin PlasticW
NFPA 45Standard on Fire Protection for Laboratories Using ChemicalsP
NFPA 51BStandard for Fire Prevention During Welding, Cutting, and Other Hot WorkP
NFPA 54National Fuel Gas CodeP
NFPA 59AStandard for the Production, Storage, and Handling of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)P
NFPA 70EStandard for Electrical Safety in the WorkplaceP
NFPA 90AStandard for the Installation of Air-Conditioning and Ventilating SystemsP
NFPA 90BStandard for the Installation of Warm Air Heating and Air-Conditioning SystemsP
NFPA 92AStandard for Smoke-Control Systems Utilizing Barriers and Pressure DifferencesP
NFPA 92BStandard for Smoke Management Systems in Malls, Atria, and Large SpacesP
NFPA 101Life Safety Code®P
NFPA 220Standard on Types of Building ConstructionP
NFPA 221Standard for High Challenge Fire Walls and Fire Barrier WallsP
NFPA 256Standard Methods of Fire Tests of Roof CoveringsP
NFPA 260Standard Methods of Tests and Classification System for Cigarette Ignition Resistance of Components of Upholstered FurnitureP
NFPA 261Standard Method of Test for Determining Resistance of Mock-Up Upholstered Furniture Material Assemblies to Ignition by Smoldering CigarettesP
NFPA 274Standard Test Method to Evaluate Fire Performance Characteristics of Pipe InsulationP
NFPA 275Standard Method of Tests for the Evaluation of Thermal Barriers Used Over Foam PlasticN
NFPA 289Standard Method of Fire Test for Room Fire Growth Contribution of Individual Fuel PackagesN
NFPA 290Standard for Fire Testing of Passive Protection Materials for Use on LP-Gas ContainersP
NFPA 306Standard for the Control of Gas Hazards on VesselsP
NFPA 318Standard for the Protection of Semiconductor Fabrication FacilitiesP
NFPA 400Hazardous Chemical CodeN
NFPA 403Standard for Aircraft Rescue and Fire-Fighting Services at AirportsP
NFPA 412Standard for Evaluating Aircraft Rescue and Fire-Fighting Foam EquipmentP
NFPA 430Code for the Storage of Liquid and Solid OxidizersW
NFPA 432Code for the Storage of Organic Peroxide FormulationsW
NFPA 434Code for the Storage of PesticidesW
NFPA 450Guide for Emergency Medical Services and SystemsP
NFPA 484Standard for Combustible MetalsP
NFPA 490Code for the Storage of Ammonium NitrateP
NFPA 555Guide on Methods for Evaluating Potential for Room FlashoverP
NFPA 610Guide for Emergency and Safety Operations at Motorsports VenuesC
NFPA 703Standard for Fire-Retardant Treated Wood and Fire-Retardant Coatings for Building MaterialsP
NFPA 705Recommended Practice for a Field Flame Test for Textiles and FilmsP
NFPA 720Standard for the Installation of Carbon Monoxide (CO) Warning Equipment in Dwelling UnitsC
NFPA 1002Standard for Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator Professional QualificationsP
NFPA 1021Standard for Fire Officer Professional QualificationsP
NFPA 1026Standard for Incident Management Personnel Professional QualificationsN
NFPA 1031Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Inspector and Plan ExaminerC
NFPA 1033Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire InvestigatorP
NFPA 1143Standard for Wildland Fire ManagementP
NFPA 1620Recommended Practice for Pre-Incident PlanningC
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NFPA 1901Standard for Automotive Fire ApparatusC
NFPA 5000Building Construction and Safety Code®P
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Dated: April 5, 2007.

William Jeffrey,


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