Panel discusses the NFPA codes to prevent and respond to chemical catastrophes

Blog Post created by mikehazell Employee on Jun 10, 2014

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A panel of NFPA experts, Orlando Hernandez, Ken Willette, Tom McGowan and Nancy Pearce, this morning presented on the NFPA codes that prevent and respond to chemical catastrophes. Chemical catastrophes resulting in significant loss of life and property seem to be increasing in occurence. There are many NFPA codes that have been developed to help prevent these types of incidents and to protect emergency responders and the community. 

These codes include NFPA 400, Hazardous Materials Code, NFPA 472, Standard for Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents, NFPA 1620, Standard for Pre-Incident Planning, and NFPA 1001, Standard for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications.

NFPA 400 is the code that works to prevent these catastrophes, by classifying materials and provides you with the maximum amount that should be stored in a particular occupancy before requiring special construction requirements. It then provides you with methods for increasing the amounts using special protections. NFPA 1620 details all of the pre-incident planning that needs to be done before catastrophes occur. Of note, it was mentioned that it is imporant for all developers, facility management, operations staff and responding personnel to work cooperatively on developing this plan. NFPA 472 and NFPA 1001 protect fire fighters and emergency responders at hazardous materials incidents. 

The application of these standards using a mock chemical facility and community was also presented. Download the handouts from this panel presentation through the Conference website (registration required).