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Wow, we are already three weeks into 2018, and believe it or not, already into the 2021 code development cycle for NFPA 1. (More details on 2021 below). In the meantime, there is a lot to be shared about the newest edition of NFPA 1 (2018) that was released last fall. This post from December provided an overview of what I thought to be the key changes for the 2018 edition. There are of course many more than just that list and users can view those changes via the First Draft Report and Second Draft report online at www.nfpa.org/1 (scroll down on that page and you will see links to both). In the coming weeks I hope to dive a bit deeper into the Code changes by discuss the reasoning behind the changes and what they mean for the application of NFPA 1.


The first change I will discuss is new provisions in Chapter 1 that mandate minimum qualifications to enforce the Code. The new text reads as follows:

  • 1.7.2* Minimum Qualifications to Enforce this Code. The AHJ shall establish minimum qualifications for all persons assigned the responsibility of enforcing this Code.
  • 1.7.2.1 Fire inspectors and plans examiners shall meet the minimum professional qualifications established in NFPA 1031.
  • 1.7.2.2 The AHJ shall be authorized to approve alternative qualifications for personnel conducting fire inspections and plan examination if the AHJ determines the individual possesses the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the job performance requirements of the position.
  • 1.7.2.3 Fire marshals shall meet the minimum professional qualifications established in NFPA 1037.
  • 1.7.2.4 The AHJ shall be authorized to approve alternative qualifications for personnel performing the position of fire marshal if the AHJ determines the individual possesses the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the job performance requirements of the position.

 

Past editions of the Code contained the language in 1.7.2 which put reliance on the AHJ to establish minimum qualifications for persons whom are responsible for enforcement of NFPA 1. Advisory language in the annex provided suggested NFPA standards which contain information on qualifications of code enforcement personnel. For 2018, new language was added to the body of the Code in subsections 1.7.2.1 through 1.7.2.4 which mandates compliance with the minimum professional qualifications from NFPA 1031, Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Inspector and Plan Examiner, for fire inspectors and plans examiners and mandates compliance with NFPA 1037, Standard on Fire Marshal Professional Qualifications, for fire marshals. In both cases, the AHJ can approve alternative qualifications for those serving those roles if the AHJ determines that they possess adequate knowledge and skills to perform the job.

 

NFPA 1031 identifies the professional levels of performance required for fire inspectors and plan examiners and specifically identifying the job performance requirements necessary to perform as a fire inspector or a plan examiner. It defines three levels of progression for fire inspectors and two levels of progression for plan examiners. Job performance requirements include detailed skills and knowledge that fall under categories of plan review and field inspection.

 

NFPA 1037 identifies the professional level of performance required for Fire Marshal, specifically identifying the minimum job performance requirements (JPRs) necessary to perform as a Fire Marshal. Chapter 4 of the standard outlines the core job performance requirements of the Fire Marshal including administrative duties, community risk reduction, community relations, and professional development.

 

It was the committee’s opinion that NFPA 1 has, in past editions, adequately addressed the obligations of design professionals, contractors and owners in order to provide an environment that provides reasonable life safety and property preservation. However, the Code was lacking with addressing the competency of those individuals enforcing the Code. The new language of 1.7.2 shown above helps to ensure the Code is correctly enforced and also makes use of well-established documents published by the NFPA. It provides the necessary guidance to the AHJ as to how to determine competency and qualifications for Code enforcement.

 

Regarding the NEXT edition of NFPA 1…the Code is now open for public input. This allows anyone (NFPA members, industry experts, committee members, users, AHJs…any and all are welcome and highly encouraged to participate) to submit a proposed change to the Code for consideration by the Fire Code Technical Committee during the upcoming revision cycle. Public inputs received by the closing date of June 27, 2018 will be acted on at the First Draft meeting to be held sometime this fall. You can follow along this next revision cycle at www.nfpa.org/next. Please remember that it’s your participation that makes our codes and standards better with each edition. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

Thanks for reading, stay safe!

As an employer in the electrical field, NFPA appreciates your dedication to one of the most rewarding professions. Safety is a top priority for you and everyone on the job and NFPA 70E: Standard for Electrically Safety in the Workplace, can help you make good decisions when it comes to your team.   
As many of you know, the 2018 edition of 70E was recently released. To help you navigate through some of the top changes, we’ve developed a five-part video series hosted by NFPA’s technical experts. In our third video, Chris Coache, NFPA’s senior electrical engineer, reviews Table 130.5(C) – Estimate of the Likelihood of Occurrence of an Arc Flash Incident.  
Table 130.5(C), as Chris points out, is a helpful tool in estimating the probability of an arc flash incident occurring. Scenarios include:  
  • Installing and removing circuit breakers 
  • Taking voltage readings at panelboards and distribution equipment
  • Operation of circuit breakers and disconnecting means 
Chris adds that because of this revision to the table, it can now be used for both the PPE category method and for the incident energy evaluation analysis method when assessing an arc flash risk. Want to learn more? Get the full explanation from Chris below. (NOTE: This clip is part of a pre-recorded full webinar presented in July 2017).    
Let NFPA provide you with everything you need to take your electrical safety skills to the next level with knowledge gained right from the source. Find this information and additional resources related to 70E including articles, blog series, a fact sheet, trainings. products and more, at www.nfpa.org/70E.     
(The mock revision shown in the photo wouldn’t be accepted because it isn’t in mandatory language, although it has merit.) 

We recently released the 2018 edition of the Life Safety Code and its companion Life Safety Code Handbook. (I’m still catching my breath.) The cycle of code revisions never stops, so here we are, ready to start working on the next, the 2021 edition. NFPA 101 is now open for public input, along with a number of other standards in the Annual 2020 revision cycle, which includes NFPA 1, Fire Code, and NFPA 5000, Building Construction and Safety Code.

 

I often tell attendees of NFPA’s Life Safety Code Essentials Seminar that you don’t get to complain about what’s in the code if you don’t participate in the process, similar to not complaining about politicians if you don’t vote. You don’t have to be an NFPA technical committee member to participate. Anyone can participate by submitting public input (PIs) and public comments (PCs) on proposed revisions. NFPA has made the process incredibly easy. Login to the NFPA website, navigate to the appropriate document information page (e.g., www.nfpa.org/101), click on ‘Next Edition’, and click the link to submit a PI or PC. The current code text will come up. All you have to do is type your revisions and a substantiation and you’re done.

 

The applicable technical committee will review and consider your submittal. Granted, the 2018 edition of NFPA 101 just hit the streets, so chances are you’re not familiar with all the new requirements. If you’re an NFPA member, you can view my one hour 2015 to 2018 NFPA 101 Changes webinar at no charge. The Origin and Development section of the code also provides a summary of the key changes. If I had to narrow it down, I would say the top five changes to the 2018 edition are:

 

• New requirements for hazardous materials protection that goes beyond fire-related hazards

• Added criteria for door locking to prevent unwanted entry in educational, daycare, and business occupancies to accommodate active-shooter/lockdown emergencies

• New provisions that permit health care and ambulatory health care smoke compartments up to 40,000 ft2 (3720 m2) in area

• New requirements for risk analyses for mass notification systems

• New testing requirements for integrated fire protection and life safety systems in accordance with NFPA 4, Standard for Integrated Fire Protection and Life Safety System Testing

 

If any of these or any other life safety topics are of interest to you, you’re encouraged to look at the requirements and provide recommended revisions. Our technical committees can’t operate effectively in a vacuum; input from the people directly affected by the code’s requirements is vital.

 

The clock is ticking; the public input closing date for NFPA 101 is June 27, 2018. If you miss that deadline, any new proposed revisions won’t be able to be considered until the 2024 edition cycle. (That’s a long wait.) Visit our website for more details on the NFPA code development process or to submit public input on NFPA 101.

 

Thanks for reading, and as always, stay safe.

 

Got an idea for a topic for a future #101Wednesdays? Post it in the comments below – I’d love to hear your suggestions!

 

Did you know NFPA 101 is available to review online for free? Head over to www.nfpa.org/101 and click on “FREE ACCESS.”

 

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Honolulu Civil Beat photo

 

People are simultaneously scratching their heads and breathing a sigh of relief about what occurred in Hawaii this weekend.


What happened? Why is Hawaii insistent on safety drills and test warnings? Why the delay in retracting the alert? How did citizens react?


The notification snafu in Hawaii did not pertain to a building. It was much bigger than that. The incident involved false notification of a statewide threat. Authorities there, however; more than likely used the same process for developing a risk analysis and an emergency response plan that is outlined in NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code.


NFPA 72 addresses the latest safety provisions in fire alarm systems and mass notification systems for fire, terrorist, biological, chemical and nuclear events, active shooter, carbon monoxide, and weather emergencies. It is designed to meet emergency communications demands in individual facilities, multiple buildings operated by one entity, and entire campuses. Colleges, universities and schools often rely on NFPA 72 so that they can optimize campus and community safety, and comply with federal requirements. Military facilities follow the United Facilities Criteria and Chapter 24 of NFPA 72 for designing mass notification systems on military installations. 


The process of informing the masses about threats or hazards typically begins with an in-depth risk analysis of all possible scenarios; the people and processes potentially affected; response elements; communication methods and backups; system pre-programming and shutdowns; and training requirements.

 

The next step is to devise proactive and reactive plans based on identified risks.

 

A key part of the plan is communications. In November, the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency began a monthly emergency notification drill. It was the first time the state activated an emergency alert program since the Cold War. Notification elements include an alarm that blares for 50-seconds, a 10-second pause, a 50-second wailing sound, and messages being broadcast on TV and radio.


Based on news accounts, it appears that Hawaiian and federal officials fell short in the area of emergency notification back-up plans. What stop gaps were identified for preventing human error or responding in the event of a misstep? What strategies were identified for reversing a warning or updating the public quickly?


Notification protocol was not the only thing called into question in Hawaii. News reports highlighting the human experience during those excruciating 38-minutes – showed that citizens lacked knowledge about what to do during a nuclear event. One concerned parent placed a child in a storm drain to minimize exposure. This reaction underscores how little people know about emergency response, and in particular, the dangers that exist within confined spaces such as storm drains, sewers and manholes. Unless you are properly trained on how and when to enter a confined space for work or for emergency response, it is not prudent to enter one – not even in the midst of utter chaos and concern.

 

The harrowing false alarm in Hawaii reinforces the need for local, federal and facility authorities to ensure that they have a solid mass notification system in place. It also emphasizes the need for governments and emergency response agencies to educate citizens about ways to protect themselves and shelter during emergency events, including nuclear blasts. As evidenced in Hawaii this past weekend, the public needs to know what to do when catastrophes threaten so that they can keep themselves and their loved ones safe.

 

The Boston Fire Department has released the fourth video in a series addressing firefighter contamination and occupational cancer. The most recent video, Fighting Back, shows powerful vignettes from survivors, firehouse colleagues, a Boston-area doctor, Commissioner Joe Finn and Mayor Marty Walsh.


Throughout the ten-minute clip the city’s first responders share their personal experiences, diagnoses, the traumatic toll that cancer has had on them and their loved ones, and the new safety perspectives they are embracing and advocating for today.


Since 2015, BFD has creatively shared health and safety statistics and messages with the global fire community and the general public through their Take No Smoke campaign.


BFD’s initial video focused on the toll that cancer has taken in the ranks of their department. It had an emotional impact on the fire service and the average Joe.


The second piece shed light on the prevention measures that firefighters need to take to ensure that they are safer from the carcinogens that lurk in their PPE, equipment, apparatus and firehouses.


In December, the third installation debuted with 40-year-old Boston firefighter Glenn Preston in the spotlight. A married father of four children under the age of 10, Preston is in the fight of his life. NFPA Journal’s May 2017 issue covered Preston’s journey in an article called, Facing Cancer.


Boston has made firefighter contamination and cancer their mission these past few years by developing emotionally-charged videos; by working with Dana Farber on researching firehouse hazards; and by adopting a tactical approach to health and safety. Boston is certainly not alone in this fight. NFPA, national fire organizations, and authorities in communities from North Carolina, to Texas, to Florida, and in wildfire territories are passionately looking at ways to protect the nation’s first responders.

The January 2018 issue of NFPA News, our free monthly codes and standards newsletter, is now available.
In this issue:
  • NFPA 3000 proceeds in an expedited process
  • Public input being sought on new documents NFPA 78 and 1078
  • Proposed Tentative Interim Amendments (TIAs) seeking comments on NFPA 31, NFPA 99, and NFPA 130
  • Issued and not issued TIAs
  • Committees seeking members
  • Committees seeking public input and public comment
  • Committee meetings calendar   
Subscribe today! NFPA News is a free, monthly codes and standards newsletter that includes special announcements, notification of public input and comment closing dates, requests for comments, notices on the availability of Standards Council minutes, and other important news about NFPA’s standards development process. 

 

In 2015, NFPA introduced a first-of-its-kind Energy Storage System (ESS) Safety Training Program for the United States fire service, thanks to support from FEMA. The training was developed with the support of several first responder organizations, FDNY, DNV-GL, and the California Energy Storage Alliance, a 90-firm energy ESS membership organization. FEMA has granted another two-year grant to NFPA so that ESS training can be updated and promoted to the nation’s 1.1 million firefighters.

 

The new program will address pre-incident planning; tactical training; hazards involved with many common battery chemistries; extinguishing techniques to minimize re-ignition; an overview of residential and commercial systems; photovoltaic safety training; and standards alignment. Training will be delivered via train-the-trainer, classroom, online self-paced, and virtual live instructional mediums using interactive animations and scenario simulations, educational videos, and quick reference materials. The new grant effort coincides with the work that NFPA’s Technical Committee is doing to develop NFPA 855 Standard for the Installation of Stationary Energy Storage Systems.

 

 

                                                                           

For several years now, the energy sector has been experiencing a revolution. According to GTM research, by 2022 the U.S. energy storage market is expected to be worth $3.1 billion, which would be a 9-fold increase from 2016 levels. This trend comes at a time when tens of millions of New York, Massachusetts, and California residents are facing the imminent shutdown of nuclear power plants that provide significant power. In response to this impending deficit, the aforementioned states plus Texas, Oregon, Colorado, and Hawaii, have already mandated widespread ESS deployment.

 

High power battery energy storage systems (BESS) are comprised of hundreds or even thousands of smaller battery cells, similar to those found in cell phones and hover boards. These systems are often connected to a micro grid that houses power reserves. The idea of less expensive commercial power from solar panels or wind farms - that can be used, stored and available during peak hours or blackouts - is very attractive to business leaders and consumers.

 

The U.S. fire service, however; has little experience with potential ESS hazards and response scenarios involving these high-powered systems. This lack of knowledge could potentially pose risks to the public and first responders. As part of the ESS training revision process, NFPA is set to host a free BESS Safety Summit in Denver, Colorado on February 7, 2018 where stakeholders can review, discuss and validate fire service tactics and best practices.

 

NFPA first identified firefighters’ vulnerability to ESS incidents after reviewing the U.S. Department of Energy’s “ESS Strategic Plan” in December 2014. The organization has been working collaboratively with a host of subject matter experts to provide information and knowledge to the fire service and others ever since.

NFPA 3000, Standard for Preparedness and Response to Active Shooter and/or Hostile Events, is seeking public input on its preliminary draft. This preliminary draft allows the public to review and submit any suggested revisions prior to its publication.


NFPA 3000 provides the minimum criteria for the level of competence required for responders organizing, managing, and sustaining an active shooter and/or hostile event preparedness and response program based on the authority having jurisdiction’s (AHJ) function and assessed level of risk. The standard covers: a review of the laws; regulations; consensus standards; guidance documents; guidance for risk assessment; training materials; active shooter response planning; resource management; staffing, training, and financial management; medical treatment modalities; and information on resiliency, recovery, and developing relationships. NFPA 3000 applies to any community, AHJ, facility, and member of any organization who responds to or prepares for active shooter and/or hostile events.


To submit a public input using the online submission system, go directly to the NFPA 3000 document information page or use the list of NFPA codes & standards. Once on the NFPA 3000 page, select the link "Submit a Public Input" to begin the process. You will be asked to sign-in or create a free online account with NFPA before using this system. If you have any questions when using the system, a chat feature is available, or contact us by email or phone at 1-800-344-3555.


The deadline for submitting public input for this new standard is February 23, 2018.

NFPA 451, Guide for Community Health Care Programs, is seeking public input on its preliminary draft. The preliminary draft allows the public to review and submit any suggested revisions prior to the publication of its First Draft Report.
The Guide provides direction for planning, preparing, implementing, and evaluating community health care programs to agencies supporting the emergency medical services (EMS) mission in an effort to meet the changing needs of the communities they serve. NFPA 451 provides a framework for the design and evaluation of comprehensive community health care programs based in local EMS systems that may include disparate elements of government and/or various disciplines of the private sector. The foundation of this document is based on multiple references, including NHTSA’s publication, Emergency Medical Services: Agenda for the Future.


The deadline for submitting public input for this new standard is March 7, 2018.


To view the preliminary draft and submit a public input using the online submission system, go directly to the NFPA 451 document information page or use the list of NFPA codes & standards. Once on the NFPA 451 page, select the link "Submit a Public Input" to begin the process. You will be asked to sign-in or create a free online account with NFPA before using this system. If you have any questions when using the system, a chat feature is available or contact us by email or phone at 1-800-344-3555.


Public input is a suggested revision to a proposed new or existing NFPA Standard submitted during the Input stage in accordance with Section 4.3 of the Regulations Governing the Development of NFPA Standards.

Keeping sufficiently warm during the winter months can prove challenging, particularly when frigid temperatures persist, as they have recently for much of the country. While portable space heaters can help generate heat, NFPA is reminding the public that they do present potential fire hazards and must be used with caution.

 

Between 2011 and 2015, portable and stationary space heaters accounted for more than two of every five (43 percent) U.S. home heating fires and five out of six (85 percent) home heating fire deaths.


To use portable space heaters safely, make sure they are placed a minimum of three feet away from anything that can burn (that includes people and pets). They should never be left unattended, and must be turned off when people leave the room or go to sleep.


According to NFPA’s latest U.S. Home Fires Involving Heating Equipment report, which was released today, heating equipment is the second-leading cause of U.S. home fires and the third-leading cause of home fire deaths. More than half (53 percent) of all home heating fire deaths resulted from fires that began when heating equipment was too close to things that can burn, such as upholstered furniture, clothing, mattresses or bedding.


Following are important home heating safety tips and recommendations for the colder months ahead:

  • Have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters.
  • Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
  • Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters.
  • Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.
  • Install wood burning stoves following manufacturer’s instructions or have a professional do the installation. All fuel-burning equipment should be vented to the outside to avoid carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.
  • Install and maintain CO alarms to avoid the risk of CO poisoning. If you smell gas in your gas heater, do not light the appliance. Leave the home immediately and call your local fire department or gas company.
  • Never use your oven to heat your home.

 

You can also check out “Put a Freeze on Winter Fires,” our annual campaign with the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), which provides a wealth of information and resources to help reduce the risk of home fires during the heating season.

John Portman, a famous  architect who had a major impact on hotel design in the U.S., died in the last week of 2017. Portman was the architect who realized the atrium in commercial and hotel buildings – not only in design but in construction methods.  
But the obituary I read didn't mention that, in fact, John Portman had one of the largest impacts on our building codes in the 20th century. John wasn't a fire safety professional; in fact, like many architects he saw fire safety regulation as a barrier to innovation. He had grand spaces in mind; building codes at the time were based primarily on the concept of compartmentation, the antithesis of grand soaring spaces.  In particular, opening up stories in a high rise building, effectively removing horizontal compartmentation, violated many of the basic tenets of the building codes at the time. But John was a determined innovator and by working with fire protection engineers and building authorities to develop alternative means to provide equivalent safety, he persevered in his desire to create beautiful large interior spaces in public buildings.  

These alternative means included fire sprinklers, smoke management systems, and other features which are now common in fire safety design and code requirements in highrise structures. His determination not only enabled a new form of urban architecture, but it also opened the door for a more scientific approach toward the development of fire safety design and building codes which has been applied to other innovations in building design. His signature design, Atlanta's Peachtree Center, the first Hyatt Hotel that featured a Portman designed atrium, was arguably the gateway to a revitalization in U.S. downtown urban environments. And for us, in the fire safety community, particularly at a time when once again fundamental tenets of our building codes (for example combustible facades and construction for highrise buildings) are being challenged, it's a reminder that we need to keep pace with building innovation with innovation in our own understanding and application of the principles of fire safety engineering.  
To explore how NFPA’s life safety code addresses Portman’s innovation, please read my colleague Greg Harrington's recent blog: #101 Wednesdays: Soaring to new heights - atriums and the Life Safety Code.
Photo: John Portman & Associates website


In my recent NFPA Live Chad Duffy — NFPA's Senior Fire Protection Specialist — and I discussed fire pump power supply requirements and the intersection of NFPA 20, Standard for the Installation of Stationary Pumps for Fire Protection
and the NFPA 70, National Electrical Code®.

 

During the live event we received this follow-up questions from a member. I'm now sharing it with you. I hope you find some value in it.
 

NFPA Live is an interactive video series in which members of NFPA staff address some of the most frequent topics they receive through the Member's Only Technical Question service. If you are currently an NFPA Member you can view the entire video by following this link. If you're not currently a member, join today!

Download and share this new fact sheet

 

Hostile events are our sad, new reality. Active shootings and mass killings fill our news feeds on a regular basis.

 

According to the FBI, the U.S. witnessed 160 hostile events that killed 486 and wounded 557 (not including suspect injuries or deaths) from 2000-2013. These tragic incidents robbed families of loved ones and citizens of their peace of mind – and challenged first responders, healthcare providers and facility managers.

 

During the years 2014 and 2015, there were 40 incidents that resulted in 231 casualties not including perpetrator outcomes.

 

Then over the course of less than 17 months, from June 2016 through November 2017, three outliers created more than half of the bloodshed that occurred from 2000 through 2013 during just three active shooter incidents in Orlando, Las Vegas and Texas. Let that sink in – over 50% of the havoc previously inflicted during the course of 13 years, occurred in less than a year and a half in our country. In fact, two of the deadliest tragedies on record happened within 5 weeks of each other.

 

For only the second time in NFPA’s 121-year history, provisional standard status has been authorized by the NFPA Standards Council for NFPA 3000, Standard for Preparedness and Response to Active Shooter and/or Hostile Events. As part of the standards process, NFPA 3000 is now open for input until February 23, 2018. NFPA 3000 may be available for use as early as this April.


The 46-member Technical Committee includes authorities from the fire service, law enforcement, EMS, federal agencies, healthcare, private security, universities, and local jurisdictions, among others. Participants are sharing front line lessons and operational insight as they strive to produce the first national standard on active shooter and hostile events. The document will provide a framework for organizations around the world to establish protocols that are aligned with unified response strategies.

 

Representatives from the Department of Homeland Security; Department of Justice; the FBI; NSA; emergency response agencies, and others have established the preparedness, response and recovery benchmarks with a focus on civilian and responder safety. Learn more about NFPA 3000, and take action by:

 

  • providing input on NFPA 3000;
  • downloading and sharing the new NFPA 3000 fact sheet;
  • accessing the full draft text of the proposed standard online for free; and
  • following the development of NFPA 3000 by receiving updates as soon as they are available

 

Our world is changing. It’s critical that we take steps to protect people from today’s threats – and that you let your voice be heard during the process.

NFPA 770, Standard on Hybrid (Water and Inert Gas) Fire Extinguishing Systems, is seeking public inputs on its preliminary draft, which is presented for public review prior to publication as a First Draft Report.


NFPA 770 is prepared for the use and guidance of those charged with the purchasing, designing, installing, testing, inspecting, approving, listing, operating, or maintaining of hybrid fire-extinguishing systems, in order that such equipment will function as intended throughout its life.


To view the preliminary draft and submit pubic input for NFPA 770, visit http://www.nfpa.org/770next and select the "Submit a Public Input" link to begin the process. You will be asked to sign-in or create a free online account with NFPA before using this system. If you have any questions when using the online submission system, a chat feature is available or contact us by email or phone at 1-800-344-3555.


The closing date for submission of public inputs for this document is June 27, 2018.

NFPA 78, Guide on Electrical Inspections, and NFPA 1078, Standard for Electrical Inspector Professional Qualifications, are seeking public inputs on their preliminary drafts. These preliminary drafts allow the public to review and submit any suggested revisions prior to the publication as First Draft Reports.


NFPA 78 is designed to produce a systematic, working framework or outline by which an effective electrical inspection can be accomplished. It contains specific procedures to assist in the inspection process. These procedures represent the judgment developed from the NFPA consensus process system that, if followed, can improve the probability of protecting persons and property from the hazards arising from the use of electricity.


NFPA 1078 specifies the minimum job performance requirements for serving as an electrical inspector. This standard shall be to ensure that personnel serving as electrical inspectors are qualified.


To view the preliminary drafts and submit pubic inputs for NFPA 78 and NFPA 1078, go to http://www.nfpa.org/78next or http://www.nfpa.org/1078next and select the "Submit a Public Input" link to begin the process. You will be asked to sign-in or create a free online account with NFPA before using this system. If you have any questions when using the online submission system, a chat feature is available or contact us by email or phone at 1-800-344-3555.
The closing date for submission of public inputs for both documents is February 14, 2018.

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