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The NFPA Standards Council considered the issuance of a proposed Tentative Interim Amendment (TIA) on NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code®; NFPA 291, Recommended Practice for Fire Flow Testing and Marking of Hydrants; and NFPA 1964, Standard for Spray Nozzles and Appliances.  These three TIAs were issued by the Council on February 28, 2019:

  • NFPA 72, TIA 19-2, referencing 2.3.2, I.1.2.2, and various other sections, 2019 edition
  • NFPA 291, TIA 19-1, referencing Equations a and b, 2019 edition
  • NFPA 1964, TIA 18-1, referencing Title, 4.7(title, 4.15(title), 5.5.(title), and 5.5.1, 2018 edition

Tentative Interim Amendments (TIAs) are amendments to an NFPA Standard processed in accordance with Section 5 of the Regulations Governing the Development of NFPA Standards. They have not gone through the entire standards development process of being published in a First Draft Report and Second Draft Report for review and comment. TIAs are effective only between editions of the Standard. A TIA automatically becomes a public input for the next edition of the Standard, as such is then subject to all of the procedures of the standards development process.  TIAs are published in NFPA News, NFCSS, and any further distribution of the Standard after being issued by the Standards Council.

One of the most notable features about NFPA’s standards development process is that it is a full, open, consensus-based process that encourages public participation in the development of its standards. A great way for your voice to be heard is to submit a Public Input (a suggested revision to a new or existing NFPA standard) during a Standard’s revision cycle. It is 100% free, easy, and done through our online submission system.


The following Standards are accepting public input for their next revision cycle:

  • NFPA 14, Standard for the Installation of Standpipe and Hose Systems
  • NFPA 45, Standard on Fire Protection for Laboratories Using Chemicals
  • NFPA 52, Vehicular Natural Gas Fuel Systems Code
  • NFPA 59A, Standard for the Production, Storage, and Handling of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)
  • NFPA 67, Guide on Explosion Protection for Gaseous Mixtures in Pipe Systems
  • NFPA 69, Standard on Explosion Prevention Systems
  • NFPA 70B, Recommended Practice for Electrical Equipment Maintenance
  • NFPA 82, Standard on Incinerators and Waste and Linen Handling Systems and Equipment
  • NFPA 85, Boiler and Combustion Systems Hazards Code
  • NFPA 211, Standard for Chimneys, Fireplaces, Vents, and Solid Fuel-Burning Appliances
  • NFPA 253, Standard Method of Test for Critical Radiant Flux of Floor Covering Systems Using a Radiant Heat Energy Source
  • NFPA 262, Standard Method of Test for Flame Travel and Smoke of Wires and Cables for Use in Air-Handling Spaces
  • NFPA 265, Standard Methods of Fire Tests for Evaluating Room Fire Growth Contribution of Textile or Expanded Vinyl Wall Coverings on Full Height Panels and Walls
  • NFPA 276, Standard Method of Fire Test for Determining the Heat Release Rate of Roofing Assemblies with Combustible Above-Deck Roofing Components
  • NFPA 285, Standard Fire Test Method for Evaluation of Fire Propagation Characteristics of Exterior Wall Assemblies Containing Combustible Components
  • NFPA 350, Guide for Safe Confined Space Entry and Work
  • NFPA 402, Guide for Aircraft Rescue and Fire-Fighting Operations
  • NFPA 701, Standard Methods of Fire Tests for Flame Propagation of Textiles and Films
  • NFPA 900, Building Energy Code
  • NFPA 914, Code for the Protection of Historic Structures
  • NFPA 1003, Standard for Airport Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications
  • NFPA 1005, Standard for Professional Qualifications for Marine Fire Fighting for Land-Based Fire Fighters
  • NFPA 1041, Standard for Fire and Emergency Services Instructor Professional Qualifications
  • NFPA 1091, Standard for Traffic Incident Management Personnel Professional Qualifications
  • NFPA 1402, Standard on Facilities for Fire Training and Associated Props
  • NFPA 1600, Standard on Continuity, Emergency, and Crisis Management
  • NFPA 1963, Standard for Fire Hose Connections
  • NFPA 1975, Standard on Emergency Services Work Apparel
  • NFPA 2400, Standard for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) Used for Public Safety Operations 


To submit a public input using the online submission system, go directly to the specific document information page by selecting the links above or by using the search feature on the List of NFPA codes & standards. Once on the document page, select the link "Submit a Public Input" to begin the process. You will be asked to sign-in or create a free online account with NFPA before using this system.


We are here to assist! If you have any questions when using the system, a chat feature is available or contact us by email or phone at 1-800-344-3555.

 

Public input is a suggested revision to a proposed new or existing NFPA Standard submitted during the Input stage in accordance with Section 4.3 of the Regulations Governing the Development of NFPA Standards.

The March 2019 issue of NFPA News, our free monthly codes and standards newsletter, is now available.

In this issue:

  • New project on Fire Service Analysts and Informational Technical Specialists Professional Qualifications
  • 2019 edition of the Glossary of Terms
  • Proposed Tentative Interim Amendments seeking comments on NFPA 13, NFPA 14, NFPA 58, NFPA 101, and NFPA 1981
  • NFPA 35 and NFPA 36
  • Committees seeking members
  • Committees seeking public input and public comment
  • Committee meetings calendar

Subscribe today! NFPA News is a free, monthly codes and standards newsletter that includes special announcements, notification of public input and comment closing dates, requests for comments, notices on the availability of Standards Council minutes, and other important news about NFPA’s standards development process.

The following proposed Tentative Interim Amendments (TIAs) for NFPA 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems; NFPA 14, Standard for the Installation of Standpipe and Hose Systems; NFPA 58, Liquefied Petroleum Gas Code; and NFPA 101, Life Safety Code®; are being published for public review and comment:

  • NFPA 13, proposed TIA No. 1416, referencing Table 14.2.8.2.1, of the 2019 edition, closing date: 4/10/2019
  • NFPA 14, proposed TIA No. 1437, referencing 13.10 and 14.10(new) of the 2019 edition, closing date: 4/16/2019
  • NFPA 58, proposed TIA No. 1424, referencing 6.13.4.2 of the 2017 edition and proposed 2020 edition, closing date: 4/18/2019
  • NFPA 101, proposed TIA No. 1436, referencing 15.2.2.2.4(3)(new) of the 2018 edition, closing date: 4/16/2019

Anyone may submit a comment on these proposed TIAs by the closing dates listed above. Along with your comment, please identify the number of the TIA and forward to the Secretary, Standards Council by the closing date.

The updated 2019 edition of the NFPA Glossary of Terms (GOT) has been published and is available for free. 

The GOT is a list of the defined terms in NFPA's published codes, standards, guides and recommended practices. Over 16,900 terms are listed alphabetically and assembled into a free PDF available on the NFPA website. The document is used in a number of ways. It helps NFPA Technical Committees who are looking to define new terms or compare existing terms. It also helps members of the public who are interested in learning about how NFPA documents define specific terms. The GOT contains the following details about each term:

  • Term: The word being defined.
  • Definition: The description of the term.
  • Document (Edition):  Where the term and definition are found (document #) and the edition year of that document.
  • Document Defining Same Term:  A list of documents that also define the same term.
  • Document Using Same Definition:  A list of documents that also define the same term in the exact same way.


See the figure below for an example of how the GOT is organized. The term "Barrel" is defined in three documents: NFPA 1, NFPA 30, and NFPA 80.  NFPA 1 and NFPA 30 both define the term in the exact same way. The two definitions refer to a unit of volume while the definition from NFPA 80, refers to a rolling steel door component. To learn more about any of NFPA’s codes, standards, guides and recommended practices defining a term, visit the NFPA Document Information Pages – To go to a specific document page use the shortcut link: www.nfpa.org/(insert doc #). For example, NFPA 80 can be found at www.nfpa.org/80.

The following proposed Tentative Interim Amendments (TIAs) for the 2019 edition of NFPA 1981, Standard on Open-Circuit Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) for Emergency Services, are being published for public review and comment:

Anyone may submit a comment on these proposed TIAs by the April 10, 2019 comment closing date. Along with your comment, please identify the number of the TIA and forward to the Secretary, Standards Council by the closing date.

The February 2019 issue of NFPA News, our free monthly codes and standards newsletter, is now available.

 

In this issue:

 

  • New project on Fire Service Analysts and Informational Technical Specialists Professional Qualifications
  • New projects seeking members for Spaceports and Remote Inspections
  • Proposed Tentative Interim Amendments seeking comments on NFPA 285, NFPA 701, and NFPA 1994
  • Errata issued on NFPA 13 and NFPA 400
  • Committees seeking members
  • Committees seeking public input and public comment
  • Committee meetings calendar

 

Subscribe today! NFPA News is a free, monthly codes and standards newsletter that includes special announcements, notification of public input and comment closing dates, requests for comments, notices on the availability of Standards Council minutes, and other important news about NFPA’s standards development process.

NFPA 35, Standard for the Manufacture of Organic Coatings, and NFPA 36, Standard for Solvent Extraction Plants, are currently seeking committee members. We are in need of new professionals to step forward to help staff the following technical committees:

 

Manufacture of Organic Coatings (MAC-AAA): Applicants are being sought with expertise in organic coatings manufacturing. Stakeholders in all interest categories such as special experts, manufacturers, insurance, users, and applied research/testing laboratory are encouraged to submit an online application. Submit an online application*

 

  • Committee Scope: This Committee shall have primary responsibility for documents on the fire and explosion hazards associated with the design, construction, and operation of organic coating manufacturing processes and facilities (NFPA 35).

 

Solvent Extraction Plants (SOL-AAA): Applicants are being sought with expertise in oilseed extraction using solvent methods. Stakeholders in all interest categories such as special experts, manufacturers, insurance, users, and applied research/testing laboratory are encouraged to submit an online application. Submit an online application*

 

  • Committee Scope: This Committee shall have primary responsibility for documents on safeguarding against the fire and explosion hazards associated with the design, construction, and operation of solvent extraction plants (NFPA 36).

 

Please note: You will be asked to sign-in or create a free online account with NFPA before using the online application system.

NFPA has issued the following errata on NFPA 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems:
  • NFPA 13, Errata 13-19-2, referencing various sections in Chapters 9, 10, 16, and 20 of the 2019 edition, issued on January 22, 2019
An errata is a correction issued to an NFPA Standard, published in NFPA News, NFCSS, and included in any further distribution of the Standard.

The following four proposed Tentative Interim Amendments (TIAs) for NFPA 285, Standard Fire Test Method for Evaluation of Fire Propagation Characteristics of Exterior Wall Assemblies Containing Combustible Components; NFPA 701, Standard Methods of Fire Tests for Flame Propagation of Textiles and Films; and NFPA 1994, Standard on Protective Ensembles for First Responders to Hazardous Materials Emergencies and CBRN Terrorism Incidents; are being published for public review and comment:

 

  • NFPA 285, proposed TIA No. 1398, referencing A.1.1.1 and Annex B.1.2.4 of the 2019 edition, closing date: February 27, 2019
  • NFPA 701, proposed TIA No. 1421, referencing D.2.2, E.1.1 and E.1.2.1 of the 2019 edition, closing date: February 27, 2019
  • NFPA 1994, proposed TIA No. 1406, referencing Table 5.3.2(a), 7.2.3.7.1(new), 7.3.3.7.1(new), 7.4.3.3.1(new), 7.5.3.3.1(new), 7.6.3.2.1(new), 7.7.3.2, 7.7.3.2.1(new), 7.7.4.2, 8.20 and 8.34(new) of the 2018 edition, closing date: 3/1/2019
  • NFPA 1994, proposed TIA No. 1417, referencing 8.29.4.5(1), 8.29.5 and 8.29.7.4, of the 2018 edition, closing date: 3/1/2019


Anyone may submit a comment on these proposed TIAs by the closing dates listed above. Along with your comment, please identify the number of the TIA and forward to the Secretary, Standards Council by the specific closing date.

The NFPA Standards Council is in receipt of a New Project Initiation Request for the development of an ANSI Accredited Standard to establish requirements for a professional qualification standard for Fire Service Analysts and Informational Technical Specialists.  Specifically, this standard request seeks a holistic standard which address the complex and emerging areas of planning, managing and executing analyses and technology infrastructure within fire service organizations. If standards development is approved by the Standards Council, the standard may additionally address related topics as the Standard Council directs.
To assist the Standards Council in evaluating the proposal for new standards, NFPA is currently soliciting comments to gauge whether support exists for Fire Service Analysts and Informational Technical Specialists’ professional qualification standards development. NFPA specifically seeks input on the following:
  1. Are you, or your organization, in favor of the development of a new standard establishing standards for professional qualification for Fire Service Analysts and Informational Technical Specialists?
  2. Please state your reason(s) for supporting or opposing the proposed Fire Service Analysts and Informational Technical Specialists standards development.
Please note:  You will be asked to sign-in or create a free online account with NFPA before using the online application submission system.
Additionally, NFPA would like to know if you or your organization is interested in applying for membership on the Technical Committee if standards development is approved by the Standards Council. If you are interested in participating in standards development as a technical committee member, please submit an application in addition to your comments. Applications may be submitted online at:   Submit online application*.         
Please note: You will be asked to sign-in or create a free online account with NFPA before using the online application submission system.
*Applications being accepted for purposes of documenting applicant interest in committee participation. Acceptance of applications by NFPA does not guarantee or imply the Standards Council will ultimately approve standards development activity on this proposed subject matter.
The NFPA Standards Council approved a new project to develop requirements for the performance and use of remote methodologies, systems and components (including digital video, digital images, digital audio, among others) whether live or submitted as an electronic file for subsequent review to conduct remote inspections of buildings, structures, systems (e.g. electrical, HVAC, fire protection, etc.) and premises including underground spaces and aerial areas. Requirements for collection, custody and maintenance of data available from remote inspections shall also be the responsibility of this Technical Committee.
The Council further directed that a call for members interested in serving on the new technical committee on remote inspections be published.  Staff will return to the Council, in April, with a proposed start-up roster.  
If interested in participating in standards development regarding remote inspections as a technical committee member, please submit an application by February 27, 2019.  Submit online application
The January 2019 issue of NFPA News, our free monthly codes and standards newsletter, is now available.
You'll find in this issue:
  • New project on Fuel Gases Detection
  • New/reorganized projects seeking members for Portable Fire Extinguishers, Spaceports, and Remote Inspections
  • Proposed Tentative Interim Amendments seeking comments on NFPA 58 and NFPA 1221
  • TIAs issued on NFPA 52, NFPA 58, NFPA 59, NFPA 221, NFPA 260, NFPA 1971, and NFPA 5000
  • Errata issued on NFPA 10 and NFPA 58
  • Committees seeking members
  • Committees seeking public input and public comment
  • Committee meetings calendar 
Subscribe today! NFPA News is a free, monthly codes and standards newsletter that includes special announcements, notification of public input and comment closing dates, requests for comments, notices on the availability of Standards Council minutes, and other important news about NFPA’s standards development process. 
At its December 2018 meeting, the NFPA Standards Council voted to disband the current Technical Committee on Portable Fire Extinguishers and requested that a new Committee be established. This Committee will be responsible for NFPA 10, Standard for Portable Fire Extinguishers, and NFPA 408, Standard for Aircraft Hand Portable Fire Extinguishers.
If you are interested in participating in standards development addressing portable fire extinguishers as a technical committee member, please submit an application by February 27, 2019:   submit application online*
*Please note:   You will be asked to sign-in or create a free online account with NFPA before using the application system.  
The NFPA Standards Council considered the issuance of proposed Tentative Interim Amendments (TIA) on the 2019 edition of NFPA 20, Standard for the Installation of Stationary Pumps for Fire Protection.  These TIAs was issued by the Council on November 6, 2018:
  • NFPA 20, TIA 19-1, referencing 10.10.3.5, on the 2019 edition
  • NFPA 20, TIA 19-2, referencing 12.4.1.4, on the 2019 edition
NFPA has also issued the following errata on NFPA 10, Standard for Portable Fire Extinguishers, and NFPA 58, Liquefied Petroleum Gas Code, with an issuance date of December 5, 2018:
  • NFPA 10, Errata 10-18-2, referencing Figure A.7.7.1.1(c) on the 2018 edition
  • NFPA 58, Errata 58-17-2, referencing 6.21.4, M.1 on the 2017 edition  
Tentative Interim Amendments (TIAs) are amendments to an NFPA Standard processed in accordance with Section 5 of the Regulations Governing the Development of NFPA Standards. They have not gone through the entire standards development process of being published in a First Draft Report and Second Draft Report for review and comment. TIAs are effective only between editions of the standard. A TIA automatically becomes a public input for the next edition of the standard and is then subject to all of the procedures of the standards development process. TIAs are published in NFPA News, Codes Online, and included in any further distribution of the standard after being issued by the Standards Council.    
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.

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