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

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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 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 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 October 22, 2010. Certified motions will be posted by November 19, 2010. Documents that receive notice of proper Amending Motions (Certified Amending Motions) will be presented for action at the annual June 2011 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 2010 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.


Thirty-two reports are published in the 2010 Fall Revision Cycle Report on Proposals and will be available on December 28, 2009. Comments received on or before March 5, 2010, will be considered by the respective NFPA Committees before final action is taken on the proposals.


The 2010 Fall Revision Cycle Report on Proposals is available and downloadable from NFPA's Web site at 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 Secretary, Standards Council, NFPA, 1 Batterymarch Park, Quincy, Massachusetts 02169-7471.

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Amy Beasley Cronin, Secretary, Standards Council, NFPA, 1 Batterymarch Park, Quincy, Massachusetts 02169-7471, (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.

Request for Comments

Interested persons may participate in these revisions by submitting written data, views, or arguments to Amy Beasley Cronin, Secretary, Standards Council, NFPA, 1 Batterymarch Park, Quincy, Massachusetts 02169-7471. 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 5, 2010 for the 2010 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 2010 Fall Revision Cycle Report on Comments by August 27, 2010. A copy of the Report on Comments will be sent automatically to each commenter.

2010 Fall Revision Cycle Report on Proposals

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

NFPA 2Hydrogen Technologies CodeN
NFPA 3Standard for the Commissioning and Integrated Testing of Fire Protection and Life Safety SystemsN
NFPA 12Standard on Carbon Dioxide 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 MitigationP
NFPA 31Standard for the Installation of Oil-Burning EquipmentP
NFPA 32Standard for Drycleaning PlantsP
NFPA 35Standard for the Manufacture of Organic CoatingsP
NFPA 51AStandard for Acetylene Cylinder Charging PlantsP
NFPA 79Electrical Standard for Industrial MachineryP
NFPA 85Boiler and Combustion Systems Hazards CodeP
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NFPA 102Standard for Grandstands, Folding and Telescopic Seating, Tents, and Membrane StructuresP
NFPA 251Standard Methods of Tests of Fire Resistance of Building Construction and MaterialsW
NFPA 253Standard Method of Test for Critical Radiant Flux of Floor Covering Systems Using a Radiant Heat Energy SourceP
NFPA 262Standard Method of Test for Flame Travel and Smoke of Wires and Cables for Use in Air-Handling SpacesP
NFPA 265Standard Methods of Fire Tests for Evaluating Room Fire Growth Contribution of Textile Coverings on Full Height Panels and WallsP
NFPA 285Standard Fire Test Method for Evaluation of Fire Propagation Characteristics of Exterior Non-Load-Bearing Wall Assemblies Containing Combustible ComponentsP
NFPA 286Standard Methods of Fire Tests for Evaluating Contribution of Wall and Ceiling Interior Finish to Room Fire GrowthP
NFPA 418Standard for HeliportsP
NFPA 730Guide for Premises SecurityP
NFPA 731Standard for the Installation of Electronic Premises Security SystemsP
NFPA 901Standard Classifications for Incident Reporting and Fire Protection DataR
NFPA 921Guide for Fire and Explosion InvestigationsP
NFPA 1192Standard on Recreational VehiclesP
NFPA 1194Standard for Recreational Vehicle Parks and CampgroundsP
NFPA 1401Recommended Practice for Fire Service Training Reports and RecordsR
NFPA 1405Guide for Land-Based Fire Fighters Who Respond to Marine Vessel FiresP
NFPA 1906Standard for Wildland Fire ApparatusC
NFPA 1912Standard for Fire Apparatus RefurbishingP
NFPA 1977Standard on Protective Clothing and Equipment for Wildland Fire FightingC
NFPA 1984Standard on Respirators for Wildland Fire Fighting OperationsN
NFPA 2001Standard on Clean Agent Fire Extinguishing SystemsP
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Dated: November 24, 2009.

Patrick Gallagher,


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[FR Doc. E9-28706 Filed 11-30-09; 8:45 am]