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National Institute of Standards and Technology, Commerce.




The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is publishing this notice on behalf of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to announce the availability of and request comments on the technical reports that will be presented at NFPA's 2012 Fall Revision Cycle.


Forty-eight reports are published in the 2012 Fall Revision Cycle Report on Proposals and will be available on December 23, 2011. Comments received by 5 p.m. EST/EDST on March 2, 2012 will be considered by the respective NFPA Committees before final action is taken on the proposals.


The 2012 Fall Revision Cycle Report on Proposals will be available and downloadable from NFPA's Web site on December 23, 2011 at, or by requesting a copy from the NFPA, Fulfillment Center, 11 Tracy Drive, Avon, Massachusetts 02322. Comments on the report should be submitted to Amy Beasley Cronin, 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. David F. Alderman, NIST, (301) 975-4019.

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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 295 documents, are administered by more than 240 Technical Committees comprised of approximately 7,600 volunteers and are adopted and used throughout the world. NFPA is a nonprofit membership organization with approximately 70,000 members from over 100 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 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 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 5, 2012. Certified motions will be posted by November 2, 2012. Documents that receive notice of proper Amending Motions (Certified Amending Motions) will be presented for action at the annual June 2013 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 2012 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.


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 Report 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 2, 2012 for the 2012 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 2012 Fall Revision Cycle Report on Comments by August 24, 2012. A copy of the Report on Comments will be sent automatically to each commenter.

2012 Fall Revision Cycle—Report on Proposals

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

NFPA 10Standard for Portable Fire ExtinguishersP
NFPA 14Standard for the Installation of Standpipe and Hose SystemsP
NFPA 17Standard for Dry Chemical Extinguishing SystemsP
NFPA 17AStandard for Wet Chemical Extinguishing SystemsP
NFPA 22Standard for Water Tanks for Private Fire ProtectionP
NFPA 36Standard for Solvent Extraction PlantsP
NFPA 52Vehicular Gaseous Fuel Systems CodeP
NFPA 67Guideline on Explosion Protection for Gaseous Mixtures in Pipe SystemsN
NFPA 68Standard on Explosion Protection by Deflagration VentingP
NFPA 70BRecommended Practice for Electrical Equipment MaintenanceP
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NFPA 140Standard on Motion Picture and Television Production Studio Soundstages, Approved Production Facilities, and Production LocationsP
NFPA 211Standard for Chimneys, Fireplaces, Vents, and Solid Fuel-Burning AppliancesP
NFPA 225Model Manufactured Home Installation StandardP
NFPA 241Standard for Safeguarding Construction, Alteration, and Demolition OperationsP
NFPA 259Standard Test Method for Potential Heat of Building MaterialsP
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 270Standard Test Method for Measurement of Smoke Obscuration Using a Conical Radiant Source in a Single Closed ChamberP
NFPA 274Standard Test Method To Evaluate Fire Performance Characteristics of Pipe InsulationP
NFPA 289Standard Method of Fire Test for Individual Fuel PackagesP
NFPA 290Standard for Fire Testing of Passive Protection Materials for Use on LP-Gas ContainersP
NFPA 495Explosive Materials CodeP
NFPA 496Standard for Purged and Pressurized Enclosures for Electrical EquipmentP
NFPA 498Standard for Safe Havens and Interchange Lots for Vehicles Transporting ExplosivesP
NFPA 501AStandard for Fire Safety Criteria for Manufactured Home Installations, Sites, and CommunitiesP
NFPA 501Standard on Manufactured HousingP
NFPA 505Fire Safety Standard for Powered Industrial Trucks Including Type Designations, Areas of Use, Conversions, Maintenance, and OperationsP
NFPA 551Guide for the Evaluation of Fire Risk AssessmentsP
NFPA 705Recommended Practice for a Field Flame Test for Textiles and FilmsP
NFPA 801Standard for Fire Protection for Facilities Handling Radioactive MaterialsP
NFPA 900Building Energy CodeP
NFPA 909Code for the Protection of Cultural Resource Properties—Museums, Libraries, and Places of WorshipP
NFPA 1006Standard for Technical Rescuer Professional QualificationsP
NFPA 1061Standard for Professional Qualifications for Public Safety TelecommunicatorP
NFPA 1404Standard for Fire Service Respiratory Protection TrainingP
NFPA 1451Standard for a Fire Service Vehicle Operations Training ProgramP
NFPA 1600Standard on Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuity ProgramsP
NFPA 1851Standard on Selection, Care, and Maintenance of Protective Ensembles for Structural Fire Fighting and Proximity Fire FightingP
NFPA 1852Standard on Selection, Care, and Maintenance of Open-Circuit Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA)P
NFPA 1855Standard for Selection, Care, and Maintenance of Protective Ensembles for Technical Rescue IncidentsN
NFPA 1925Standard on Marine Fire-Fighting VesselsP
NFPA 1962Standard for the Inspection, Care, and Use of Fire Hose, Couplings, and Nozzles and the Service Testing of Fire HoseP
NFPA 1964Standard for Spray NozzlesP
NFPA 1981Standard on Open-Circuit Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) for Emergency ServicesP
NFPA 1982Standard on Personal Alert Safety Systems (PASS)P
NFPA 1989Standard on Breathing Air Quality for Emergency Services Respiratory ProtectionP
NFPA 1999Standard on Protective Clothing for Emergency Medical OperationsP
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Dated: November 4, 2011.

Willie E. May,

Associate Director for Laboratory Programs.

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[FR Doc. 2011-29314 Filed 11-10-11; 8:45 am]