Journal NOW: Guidance wanted: March/April NFPA Journal looks at spaceports, craft distilleries, and more

Blog Post created by scottsutherland Employee on Mar 5, 2018
At first glance, it might seem that the commercial space industry and craft distilling wouldn't have much in common. But they share at least one big need: to varying degrees, both industries are looking for more comprehensive, easy-to-use guidance on safety practices, and both may benefit from the consensus codes and standards development expertise offered by NFPA.
Both topics are featured in the March/April issue of NFPA Journal, available online now.
Our cover story, "Lift-Off," by Journal associate editor Jesse Roman, looks at the nation's burgeoning private space industry and its need for infrastructure, including launch facilities. Guidance on building and maintaining such facilities, however, as well as implementing safety programs, can be hard to come by and in some cases may be contradictory, which is why NASA has asked NFPA to consider a new standard for spaceports. 
Similarly, guidance exists in various forms for distilleries, but it tends to be oriented toward larger, industrial-scale producers with their own safety professionals to oversee operations. In our story "Small Scale, High Proof," staff writer Angelo Verzoni looks at the industry's smaller producers, whose numbers have swelled to more than 1,000 nationwide thanks to the boom in craft distilling. Public safety officials, though, warn that some of those producers may not be adequately addressing safety issues, and are calling for NFPA to consider guidance designed for this rapidly growing market segment. 
Elsewhere in the issue, we consider the national fire safety discussion sparked by the hit TV series "This Is Us"; how Amazon addresses fire safety in its scores of very large warehouses around the country; new-generation smoke alarms that can distinguish between burning toast and burning furniture; and much more.