NFPA issues new standard to prevent fires and explosions during gas pipe purging

Blog Post created by ryan.quinn Employee on Sep 27, 2011

JimShannon_NFPA NFPA President Jim Shannon announced the release of NFPA 56 (PS), Standard for Fire and Explosion Prevention During Cleaning and Purging of Flammable Gas Piping Systems at a press conference today in Middletown, Connecticut.  US Chemical Safety Board Chairman Rafael Moure-Eraso and several elected officials from Connecticut, including Congresswoman Rosa DeLaruo participated in the event to announce the standard, which was developed in response to a deadly explosion that occurred at the Kleen Energy plant Middletown in February 2010.

“This is an example of the critical role NFPA plays in providing codes and standards for use by government and other entities throughout the world. Our ability to bring together the right people at the right time and to facilitate a consensus process in very short order resulted in a standard that will save lives and prevent a tragedy like the one in Connecticut from happening in the future," said Shannon.

Read the news release.