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

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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; 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.


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 October 23, 2009. Certified motions will be posted by November 20, 2009. Documents that receive notice of proper Amending Motions (Certified Amending Motions) will be presented for action at the annual June 2010 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 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 2009 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.


Sixty reports are published in the 2009 Fall Revision Cycle Report on Proposals and will be available on December 29, 2008. Comments received on or before March 6, 2009, will be considered by the respective NFPA Committees before final action is taken on the proposals.


The 2009 Fall Revision Cycle Report on Proposals is available and downloadable from NFPA's Web site— or by requesting a copy from the NFPA, Fulfillment Center, 11 Tracy Drive, Avon, Massachusetts 02322. Comments on the report should be submitted to Secretary, Standards Council, NFPA, 1 Batterymarch Park, Quincy, Massachusetts 02269-7471.

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Christian Dubay, Secretary, Standards Council, NFPA, 1 Batterymarch Park, Quincy, Massachusetts 02269-7471, (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 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. Start Printed Page 63947

Request for Comments

Interested persons may participate in these revisions by submitting written data, views, or arguments to Christian Dubay, 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 6, 2009, for the 2009 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 2009 Fall Revision Cycle Report on Comments by August 28, 2009. A copy of the Report on Comments will be sent automatically to each commenter.

2009 Fall Revision Cycle

Report on Proposals*

NFPA 10Standard for Portable Fire ExtinguishersP
NFPA 11Standard for Low-, Medium-, and High-Expansion FoamP
NFPA 13ERecommended Practice for Fire Department Operations in Properties Protected by Sprinkler and Standpipe SystemsP
NFPA 14Standard for the Installation of Standpipes and Hose SystemsP
NFPA 18Standard on Wetting AgentsP
NFPA 37Standard for the Installation and Use of Stationary Combustion Engines and Gas TurbinesP
NFPA 45Standard on Fire Protection for Laboratories Using ChemicalsP
NFPA 53Recommended Practice on Materials, Equipment, and Systems Used in Oxygen-Enriched AtmospheresP
NFPA 70BRecommended Practice for Electrical Equipment MaintenanceP
NFPA 91Standard for Exhaust Systems for Air Conveying of Vapors, Gases, Mists, and Noncombustible Particulate SolidsP
NFPA 120Standard for Fire Prevention and Control in Coal MinesP
NFPA 122Standard for Fire Prevention and Control in Metal/Nonmetal Mining and Metal Mineral Processing FacilitiesP
NFPA 204Standard for Smoke and Heat VentingP
NFPA 211Standard for Chimneys, Fireplaces, Vents, and Solid Fuel-Burning AppliancesP
NFPA 214Standard on Water-Cooling TowersP
NFPA 255Standard Method of Test of Surface Burning Characteristics of Building MaterialsW
NFPA 276Standard Method of Fire Tests for Determining the Heat Release Rate of Combustible Buildings Assemblies or Above Deck Roofing ComponentsN
NFPA 326Standard for the Safeguarding of Tanks and Containers for Entry, Cleaning, or RepairP
NFPA 329Recommended Practice for Handling Releases of Flammable and Combustible Liquids and GasesP
NFPA 405Standard for the Recurring Proficiency of Airport Fire FightersP
NFPA 408Standard for Aircraft Hand Portable Fire ExtinguishersP
NFPA 409Standard on Aircraft HangarsP
NFPA 410Standard on Aircraft MaintenanceP
NFPA 422Guide for Aircraft Accident/Incident Response AssessmentP
NFPA 423Standard for Construction and Protection of Aircraft Engine Test FacilitiesP
NFPA 495Explosive Materials CodeP
NFPA 498Standard for Safe Havens and Interchange Lots for Vehicles Transporting ExplosivesR
NFPA 505Fire Safety Standard for Powered Industrial Trucks Including Type Designations, Areas of Use, Conversions, Maintenance, and OperationsP
NFPA 520Standard on Subterranean SpacesP
NFPA 551Guide for the Evaluation of Fire Risk AssessmentsP
NFPA 600Standard on Industrial Fire BrigadesR
NFPA 601Standard for Security Services in Fire Loss PreventionR
NFPA 701Standard Methods of Fire Tests for Flame Propagation of Textiles and FilmsP
NFPA 750Standard on Water Mist Fire Protection SystemsP
NFPA 804Standard for Fire Protection for Advanced Light Water Reactor Electric Generating PlantsP
NFPA 805Performance-Based Standard for Fire Protection for Light Water Reactor Electric Generating PlantsP
NFPA 806Performance Based Standard for Fire Protection for Advanced Nuclear Reactor Electric Generating PlantsN
NFPA 850Recommended Practice for Fire Protection for Electric Generating Plants and High Voltage Direct Current Converter StationsP
NFPA 851Recommended Practice for Fire Protection for Hydroelectric Generating PlantsP
NFPA 853Standard for the Installation of Stationary Fuel Cell Power SystemsP
NFPA 900Building Energy CodeP
NFPA 914Code for Fire Protection of Historic StructuresC
NFPA 1003Standard for Airport Fire Fighter Professional QualificationsP
NFPA 1035Standard for Professional Qualifications for Public Fire and Life Safety EducatorP
NFPA 1150Standard on Foam Chemicals for Fires in Class A FuelsP
NFPA 1201Standard for Providing Emergency Services to the PublicC
NFPA 1250Recommended Practice in Emergency Service Organization Risk ManagementP
NFPA 1407Standard for Fire Service Rapid Intervention CrewsN
NFPA 1410Standard on Training for Initial Emergency Scene OperationsP
NFPA 1452Guide for Training Fire Service Personnel to Conduct Dwelling Fire Safety SurveysP
NFPA 1581Standard on Fire Department Infection Control ProgramP
NFPA 1600Standard on Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuity ProgramsC
NFPA 1620Recommended Practice for Pre-Incident PlanningC
NFPA 1801Standard on Thermal Imagers for the Fire ServiceN
NFPA 1931Standard for Manufacturer's Design of Fire Department Ground LaddersP
NFPA 1932Standard on Use, Maintenance, and Service Testing of In-Service Fire Department Ground LaddersP
NFPA 1936Standard on Powered Rescue ToolsP
NFPA 1952Standard on Surface Water Operations Protective Clothing and EquipmentN
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NFPA 1977Standard on Protective Clothing and Equipment for Wildland Fire FightingC
NFPA 2010Standard for Fixed Aerosol Fire-Extinguishing SystemsP
* P = Partial revision; W = Withdrawal; R = Reconfirmation; N = New; C = Complete Revision.
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Dated: October 22, 2008.

Patrick Gallagher,

Deputy Director.

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