Addressing Ammonium Nitrate in NFPA 400, Hazardous Materials Code

Blog Post created by kategreene Employee on Jun 4, 2015


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.