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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 290 documents, are administered by more than 238 Technical Committees comprised of approximately 7,200 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 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 Start Printed Page 66736steps 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 Conference and Expo; and finally, the Standards Council Consideration and Issuance of documents.


Anyone wishing to make Amending Motions on the Technical Committee Reports (ROP and ROC) must signal his or her intention by submitting a Notice of Intent to Make a Motion by the Deadline of 5 p.m. EST/EDST on or before October 21, 2011. Certified motions will be posted by November 18, 2011. Documents that receive notice of proper Amending Motions (Certified Amending Motions) will be presented for action at the annual June 2012 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 the 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 2011 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-nine reports are published in the 2011 Fall Revision Cycle Report on Proposals and will be available on December 22, 2010. Comments received by 5 p.m. EST/EDST on March 4, 2011 will be considered by the respective NFPA Committees before final action is taken on the proposals.


The 2011 Fall Revision Cycle Report on Proposals is available and 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 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 by 5 p.m. EST/EDST on March 4, 2011 for the 2011 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 2011 Fall Revision Cycle Report on Comments by August 26, 2011. A copy of the Report on Comments will be sent automatically to each commenter.

2011 Fall Revision Cycle Report on Proposals

NFPA 59AStandard for the Production, Storage, and Handling of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)P
NFPA 75Standard for the Protection of Information Technology EquipmentP
NFPA 76Standard for the Fire Protection of Telecommunications FacilitiesP
NFPA 115Standard for Laser Fire ProtectionP
NFPA 150Standard on Fire and Life Safety in Animal Housing FacilitiesP
NFPA 170Standard for Fire Safety and Emergency SymbolsP
NFPA 252Standard Methods of Fire Tests of Door AssembliesP
NFPA 257Standard on Fire Test for Window and Glass Block AssembliesP
NFPA 268Standard Test Method for Determining Ignitibility of Exterior Wall Assemblies Using a Radiant Heat Energy SourceP
NFPA 269Standard Test Method for Developing Toxic Potency Data for Use in Fire Hazard ModelingP
NFPA 271Standard Method of Test for Heat and Visible Smoke Release Rates for Materials and Products Using an Oxygen Consumption CalorimeterP
NFPA 275Standard Method of Fire Tests for the Evaluation of Thermal Barriers Used Over Foam Plastic InsulationP
NFPA 285Standard Fire Test Method for Evaluation of Fire Propagation Characteristics of Exterior Non-Load-Bearing Wall Assemblies Containing Combustible ComponentsP
NFPA 287Standard Test Methods for Measurement of Flammability of Materials In Cleanrooms Using a Fire Propagation Apparatus (FPA)P
NFPA 288Standard Methods of Fire Tests of Floor Fire Door Assemblies Installed Horizontally in Fire Resistance-Rated Floor SystemsP
NFPA 385Standard for Tank Vehicles for Flammable and Combustible LiquidsP
NFPA 497Recommended Practice for the Classification of Flammable Liquids, Gases, or Vapors and of Hazardous (Classified) Locations for Electrical Installations in Chemical Process AreasP
NFPA 499Recommended Practice for the Classification of Combustible Dusts and of Hazardous (Classified) Locations for Electrical Installations in Chemical Process AreasP
NFPA 550Guide to the Fire Safety Concepts TreeP
NFPA 557Standard for Determination of Fire Load for Use in Structural Fire Protection DesignN
NFPA 560Standard for the Storage, Handling, and Use of Ethylene Oxide for Sterilization and FumigationW
NFPA 655Standard for Prevention of Sulfur Fires and ExplosionsP
NFPA 1005Standard for Professional Qualifications for Marine Fire Fighting for Land-Based Fire FightersP
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NFPA 1037Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire MarshalP
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 1401Recommended Practice for Fire Service Training Reports and RecordsP
NFPA 1402Guide to Building Fire Service Training CentersP
NFPA 1403Standard on Live Fire Training EvolutionsC
NFPA 1906Standard for Wildland Fire ApparatusC
NFPA 1911Standard for the Inspection, Maintenance, Testing, and Retirement of In-Service Automotive Fire ApparatusP
NFPA 1951Standard on Protective Ensembles for Technical Rescue IncidentsP
NFPA 1961Standard on Fire HoseP
NFPA 1971Standard on Protective Ensembles for Structural Fire Fighting and Proximity Fire FightingP
NFPA 1983Standard on Life Safety Rope and Equipment for Emergency ServicesP
NFPA 1991Standard on Vapor-Protective Ensembles for Hazardous Materials EmergenciesP
NFPA 1992Standard on Liquid Splash-Protective Ensembles and Clothing for Hazardous Materials EmergenciesP
NFPA 1994Standard on Protective Ensembles for First Responders to CBRN Terrorism IncidentsP
P = Partial revision; W = Withdrawal; R = Reconfirmation; N = New; C = Complete Revision.
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Dated: October 22, 2010.

Harry Hertz,

Director, Baldrige Performance Excellence Program.

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[FR Doc. 2010-27431 Filed 10-28-10; 8:45 am]