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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 NFPA's proposal to revise some of its fire safety codes and standards and requests proposals from the public to amend existing or begin the process of developing new NFPA fire safety codes and standards. The purpose of this request is to increase public participation in the system used by NFPA to develop its codes and standards.


Interested persons may submit proposals by 5 p.m. EST/EDST on or before the date listed with the code or standard.


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

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Amy Beasley Cronin, Secretary, Standards Council, at above address, (617) 770-3000. David F. Alderman, NIST at (301) 975-4019.

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The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) proposes to revise some of its safety codes and standards and requests proposals from the public to amend existing or begin the process of developing new NFPA safety codes and standards. The purpose of this request is to increase public participation in the system used by NFPA to develop its codes and standards. The publication of this notice of request for proposals 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, Start Printed Page 70415approve, or recommend any of the standards referenced in the notice.

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 code revision Process contains five basic steps that are followed for developing new documents as well as revising existing documents: Call for Proposals; Publishing the Report on Proposals (ROP); Call for Comments on the Committee's disposition of the Proposals and publication of these Comments in the Report on Comments (ROC); the Association Technical Meeting at the NFPA Conference & 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 stated in the ROC. Certified motions will then be posted on the NFPA Web site. Documents that receive notice of proper Amending Motions (Certified Amending Motions) will be presented for action at the annual June 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 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 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.

When a Technical Committee begins the development of a new or revised NFPA code or standard, it enters one of two Revision Cycles available each year. The Revision Cycle begins with the Call for Proposals, that is, a public notice asking for any interested persons to submit specific written proposals for developing or revising a code or standard. The Call for Proposals is published in a variety of publications. Interested parties have approximately twenty weeks to respond to the Call for Proposals.

Following the Call for Proposals period, the Technical Committee holds a meeting to consider and accept, reject or revise, in whole or in part, all the submitted Proposals. The committee may also develop its own Proposals. A document known as the Report on Proposals, or ROP, is prepared containing all the Public Proposals, the Technical Committees' action on each Proposal, as well as all Committee-generated Proposals. The ROP is then submitted for the approval of the Technical Committee by a formal written ballot. If the ROP does not receive approval by a two-thirds vote calculated in accordance with NFPA rules, the Report is returned to the committee for further consideration and is not published. If the necessary approval is received, the ROP is published in a compilation of Reports on Proposals issued by NFPA twice yearly for public review and comment, and the process continues to the next step.

The Report on Proposals is sent automatically free of charge to all who submitted Proposals and each Committee member, as well as anyone else who requests a copy. All ROPs are also available for free downloading at

Once the ROP becomes available, there is a 60-day comment period during which anyone may submit a Public Comment on the proposed changes in the ROP. The Committee then reconvenes at the end of the comment period and acts on all Comments.

As before, a two-thirds approval vote by written ballot of the eligible members of the Committee is required for approval of actions on the Comments. All of this information is compiled into a second report, called the Report on Comments (ROC), which, like the ROP, is published, and is made available for public review for a seven-week period.

The process of public input and review does not end with the publication of the ROP and ROC. Following the completion of the Proposal and Comment periods, there is a further opportunity for debate and discussion through the Association Technical Meeting that takes place at the NFPA Conference & Expo.

The Association Technical Meeting provides an opportunity for the final Technical Committee Report (i.e., the ROP and ROC) on each proposed new or revised code or standard to be presented to the NFPA membership for the debate and consideration of motions to amend the Report. Before making an allowable motion at an Association Technical Meeting, the intended maker of the motion must file, in advance of the session, and within the published deadline, a Notice of Intent to Make a Motion. A Motions Committee appointed by the Standards Council then reviews all notices and certifies all amending motions that are proper. Only these Certified Amending Motions, together with certain allowable Follow-Up Motions (that is, motions that have become necessary as a result of previous successful amending motions) will be allowed at the Association Technical Meeting.

For more information on dates/locations of NFPA Technical Committee meetings and NFPA Annual Association Technical Meeting, check the NFPA Web site at:​itemDetail.asp?​categoryID=​822&​itemID=​22818.

The specific rules for the types of motions that can be made or who can make them are set forth in NFPA's Regulations Governing Committee Projects which should always be consulted by those wishing to bring an issue before the membership at an Association Technical Meeting.

Request for Proposals

Interested persons may submit proposals, supported by written data, views, or arguments, to Amy Beasley Cronin, Secretary, Standards Council, NFPA, 1 Batterymarch Park, Quincy, Massachusetts 02169-7471. Proposals should be submitted on forms available from the NFPA Codes and Standards Administration Office, or from NFPA's Web site at

Each person must include his or her name and address, identify the code or standard, and give reasons for the proposal. Proposals received by 5 p.m. EDT/EDST on or before the closing date indicated with each code or standard would be acted on by the respective Committee, and then considered by the NFPA Membership at the Association Technical Meeting.Start Printed Page 70416

Document—EditionDocument titleProposal closing date
NFPA 1—2012Fire Code6/22/2012
NFPA 2—2011Hydrogen Technologies Code1/4/2012
NFPA 3—2012Recommended Practice on Commissioning and Integrated Testing of Fire Protection and Life Safety Systems6/22/2012
NFPA 18—2011Standard on Wetting Agents6/22/2012
NFPA 30—2012Flammable and Combustible Liquids Code6/22/2012
NFPA 30A—2012Code for Motor Fuel Dispensing Facilities and Repair Garages6/22/2012
NFPA 30B—2011Code for the Manufacture and Storage of Aerosol Products6/22/2012
NFPA 31—2011Standard for the Installation of Oil-Burning Equipment5/24/2013
NFPA 37—2010Standard for the Installation and Use of Stationary Combustion Engines and Gas Turbines1/4/2012
NFPA 40—2011Standard for the Storage and Handling of Cellulose Nitrate Film6/22/2012
NFPA 51B—2009Standard for Fire Prevention During Welding, Cutting, and Other Hot Work11/25/2011
NFPA 54—2012National Fuel Gas Code6/22/2012
NFPA 56PS—2012Standard for Fire and Explosion Prevention During Cleaning and Purging of Flammable Gas Piping Systems11/25/2011
NFPA 58—2011Liquefied Petroleum Gas Code11/25/2011
NFPA 59—2012Utility LP-Gas Plant Code6/22/2012
NFPA 69—2008Standard on Explosion Prevention Systems1/4/2012
NFPA 70—2011National Electrical Code®11/4/2011
NFPA 70E—2012Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace®6/22/2012
NFPA 79—2012Electrical Standard for Industrial Machinery6/22/2012
NFPA 82—2009Standard on Incinerators and Waste and Linen Handling Systems and Equipment1/4/2012
NFPA 86—2011Standard for Ovens and Furnaces6/22/2012
NFPA 87—2011Recommended Practice for Fluid Heaters6/22/2012
NFPA 88A—2011Standard for Parking Structures6/22/2012
NFPA 90A—2012Standard for the Installation of Air-Conditioning and Ventilating Systems6/22/2012
NFPA 90B—2012Standard for the Installation of Warm Air Heating and Air-Conditioning Systems6/22/2012
NFPA 92—2012Standard for Smoke Management Systems6/22/2012
NFPA 96—2011Standard for Ventilation Control and Fire Protection of Commercial Cooking Operations11/25/2011
NFPA 99—2012Health Care Facilities Code6/22/2012
NFPA 99B—2010Standard for Hypobaric Facilities6/22/2012
NFPA 101—2012Life Safety Code®6/22/2012
NFPA 130—2010Standard for Fixed Guideway Transit and Passenger Rail Systems11/25/2011
NFPA 220—2012Standard on Types of Building Construction6/22/2012
NFPA 221—2012Standard for High Challenge Fire Walls, Fire Walls, and Fire Barrier Walls6/22/2012
NFPA 302—2010Fire Protection Standard for Pleasure and Commercial Motor Craft6/22/2012
NFPA 306—2009Standard for the Control of Gas Hazards on Vessels11/25/2011
NFPA 318—2012Standard for the Protection of Semiconductor Fabrication Facilities6/22/2012
NFPA 403—2009Standard for Aircraft Rescue and Fire-Fighting Services at Airports11/25/2011
NFPA 412—2009Standard for Evaluating Aircraft Rescue and Fire-Fighting Foam Equipment11/25/2011
NFPA 484—2012Standard for Combustible Metals6/22/2012
NFPA 502—2011Standard for Road Tunnels, Bridges, and Other Limited Access Highways11/25/2011
NFPA 520—2010Standard on Subterranean Spaces5/24/2013
NFPA 556—2011Guide on Methods for Evaluating Fire Hazard to Occupants of Passenger Road Vehicles6/22/2012
NFPA 610—2009Guide for Emergency and Safety Operations at Motorsports Venues11/25/2011
NFPA 703—2012Standard for Fire Retardant Treated-Wood and Fire-Retardant Coatings for Building Materials6/22/2012
NFPA 720—2012Standard for the Installation of Carbon Monoxide (CO) Detection and Warning Equipment6/22/2012
NFPA 730—2011Guide for Premises Security1/4/2012
NFPA 731—2011Standard for the Installation of Electronic Premises Security Systems1/4/2012
NFPA 750—2010Standard on Water Mist Fire Protection Systems1/4/2012
NFPA 780—2011Standard for the Installation of Lightning Protection Systems11/25/2011
NFPA 790—2012Standard for Competency of Third-Party Field Evaluation Bodies6/22/2012
NFPA 791—2012Recommended Practice and Procedures for Unlabeled Electrical Equipment Evaluation6/22/2012
NFPA 853—2010Standard for the Installation of Stationary Fuel Cell Power Systems5/24/2013
NFPA 914—2010Code for Fire Protection of Historic Structures5/24/2013
NFPA 921—2011Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations1/4/2012
NFPA 1005—2007Standard for Professional Qualifications for Marine Fire Fighting for Land-Based Fire Fighters1/4/2012
NFPA 1021—2009Standard for Fire Officer Professional Qualifications11/11/2011
NFPA 1026—2009Standard for Incident Management Personnel Professional Qualifications11/11/2011
NFPA 1031—2009Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Inspector and Plan Examiner11/11/2011
NFPA 1033—2009Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Investigator11/11/2011
NFPA 1123—2010Code for Fireworks Display11/25/2011
NFPA 1143—2009Standard for Wildland Fire Management11/25/2011
NFPA 1192—2011Standard on Recreational Vehicles1/4/2012
NFPA 1194—2011Standard for Recreational Vehicle Parks and Campgrounds1/4/2012
NFPA 1521—2008Standard for Fire Department Safety Officer1/4/2012
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NFPA 1561—2008Standard on Emergency Services Incident Management System1/4/2012
NFPA 1670—2009Standard on Operations and Training for Technical Search and Rescue Incidents1/4/2012
NFPA 1710—2010Standard for the Organization and Deployment of Fire Suppression Operations, Emergency Medical Operations, and Special Operations to the Public by Career Fire Departments6/22/2012
NFPA 1720—2010Standard for the Organization and Deployment of Fire Suppression Operations, Emergency Medical Operations and Special Operations to the Public by Volunteer Fire Departments6/22/2012
NFPA 1901—2009Standard for Automotive Fire Apparatus11/25/2011
NFPA 1963—2009Standard for Fire Hose Connections1/4/2012
NFPA 1965—2009Standard for Fire Hose Appliances1/4/2012
NFPA 1975—2009Standard on Station/Work Uniforms for Emergency Services1/4/2012
NFPA 2113—2012Standard on Selection, Care, Use, and Maintenance of Flame-Resistant Garments for Protection of Industrial Personnel Against Flash Fire6/22/2012
NFPA 5000—2012Building Construction and Safety Code®6/22/2012
* Proposed NEW document drafts are available from NFPA's Web site—, or may be obtained from NFPA's Codes and Standards Administration, 1 Batterymarch Park, Quincy, Massachusetts 02169-7471.
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Dated: November 4, 2011.

Willie E. May,

Associate Director for Laboratory Programs.

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[FR Doc. 2011-29317 Filed 11-10-11; 8:45 am]