NFPA Journal® covers the making of a new standard

Blog Post created by mikehazell Employee on Nov 11, 2011

The cover story
in the November/December NFPA Journal takes a close look at the creation of NFPA 56 (PS), Fire and Explosion Prevention During Cleaning and Purging of Flammable Gas Piping Systems. A new fast-track development process allowed NFPA to create the consensus standard in less than six months.

Among the practices addressed by the standard are gas blows, whereby large volumes of natural gas are moved through piping systems under high pressure as a way to clean debris from the pipes. The standard was developed in response to the deadly Kleen Energy disaster in Middletown, Connecticut, in 2010, where a gas blow resulted in a catastrophic explosion that killed six workers and injured dozens.

- Scott Sutherland