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Nancy Pearce, NFPA's Senior Fire Protection Engineer, Industrial & Chemical Engineer, Hazardous Chemicals/Materials, sits down to talk about the code making process for NFPA 400.  Nancy takes us from the day of the West Fertilizer Company explosion to where the Code stands today.  To learn more about the changes to NFPA 400, read the article in NFPA Journal and then check out the education session that will be presented at NFPA Conference & Expo at McCormick Place, Chicago.

T33 Addressing Ammonium Nitrate in NFPA 400, Hazardous Materials Code will be held Tuesday, June 23, 2015 from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm. Featured speakers include: Chris Connealy, Texas State Fire Marshal's Office, Elizabeth Buc, FMRL, Pam Guffain, The Fertilizer Institute, Marty Gresho, FP2 Fire, Inc., Paul Iacobucci, Akzo Nobel, and Robert James, UL LLC.

NFPA 400 has a chapter on ammonium nitrate (previously NFPA 490).  Since the tragic West, Texas, incident, the proper protection and storage of ammonium nitrate has been a focus of discussion and debate for the NFPA 400 Technical Committee on Hazardous Materials.

Issues considered included: Why do some facilities with AN burn and not detonate? When should sprinklers be required?  How should AN be classified by NFPA 400? How should emergency responders and the community be notified when AN is involved in a fire?  Is additional firefighter training needed for AN response? This presentation will describe the important issues discussed by the technical committee and the rationale behind the changes that were ultimately proposed to NFPA 400.

If you're interested in learning more and meeting these experts plan now to attend NFPA Conference & Expo.

NFPA has issued the following errata on NFPA 68, Standard on Explosion Protection by Deflagration Venting, NFPA 85, Boiler and Combustion Systems Hazards Code, and NFPA 241, Standard for Safeguarding Construction, Alteration, and Demolition Operations:

  • NFPA 68, Errata 68-13-1, referencing 8.2.5 of the 2013 edition, issued: June 4, 2015
  • NFPA 85, Errata 85-15-1, referencing of the 2015 edition, issued: June 4, 2015
  • NFPA 241, Errata 241-13-1, referencing 7.8, of the 2013 edition, issued: June 1, 2015

An errata is a correction issued to an NFPA Standard, published in NFPA News, Codes Online, and included in any further distribution of the document.

There's a lot going on at NFPA these days, and you'll find out all about it in NFPA Journal's "In a Flash," a roundup of news NFPA members will find useful.  

“Pondering the Puzzle” will tell you everything you need to know about the process of choosing the education sessions to be presented at the NFPA Conference & Expo later this month. The annual treasurer’s report will give you a glimpse of NFPA’s current financial position. “Radio Free Journal” introduces NFPA Journal’s new monthly podcasts focusing on hot topics in fire and life safety, hosted by NFPA Journal staff writer Jesse Roman.

And that’s not all. Find out who won the NFPA’s 2015 Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year Award, which fire department won the Jensen Memorial Public Education Grant, and how a 14-year-old girl wowed the crowd at the 2015 Suppression, Detection and Signaling Research and Applications Conference with her research project.

For more highlights from the past few months, check out “In a Flash”  in the latest issue of NFPA Journal.

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Matt Klaus, principal fire protection engineer at NFPA, gives five quick changes to the 2016 edition of NFPA 13: Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems.  Visit the recent article in NFPA Journal to learn more about the changes and why they are being made. In addition, the following topics will be addressed at the 2015 NFPA Conference & Expo at McCormick Place in Chicago, June 22-25, 2015. Sessions include:

NFPA 13–2016, Installation of Sprinkler Systems, Changes (Panel 1 of 3)
Monday, June 22, 9:30–10:30 a.m.
Matt Klaus, NFPA; Russell Leavitt, Telgian Corporation; Ken Linder, Swiss Re

Sprinkler Technology for Storage Protection
Monday, June 22, 9:30–10:30 a.m.
James Golinveaux, Tyco Fire Protection Products

Sprinkler Protection for Cloud Ceilings
Tuesday, June 23, 9:30–10:30 a.m.

NFPA 13-2016, Installation of Sprinkler Systems, Changes (Panel 2 of 3)
Monday, June 22, 9:30–10:30 a.m.
Matt Klaus, NFPA; William Koffel, Koffel Associates, Inc.; James Golinveaux, Tyco Fire Protection Products

NFPA 13-2016, Installation of Sprinkler Systems, Changes (Panel 3 of 3)
Wednesday, June 24, 9:30–10:30 a.m.
Matt Klaus, NFPA; Ken Isman, University of Maryland; David Lowrey, City of Boulder Fire Rescue; Kerry Bell, UL

Sprinkler Installation Requirements: A Road Map to NFPA 13, Chapter 8
Wednesday, June 24, 9:30–10:30 a.m.
Audrey Goldstein, NFPA; Chad Duffy, NFPA

ESFR Sprinklers and Obstructions—The Latest Research
Wednesday, June 24, 11 a.m.–12 p.m.
Garner Palenske, Aon Fire Protection Engineering

The proposed changes to the 2016 edition of NFPA 13: Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems will be voted on by members during the Tech Session on Thursday, June 25. Preview the full voting schedule for the Tech Session

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