What protection is available for hazardous waste disposal facilities? Should NFPA address this in one of its standards?

Blog Post created by gcolonna Employee on Jun 23, 2015

The US Chemical Safety Board highlighted the hazards at facilities involved with the treatment, storage, and disposal of hazardous waste.  Two specific incidents involving fires were the subject of CSB-led investigations and completed reports. The applicability of NFPA codes and standards to hazardous wastes and TSDFs was not clear.  In 2013, the NFPA Hazardous Chemicals Technical Committee created a task group to further investigate the TSDF fire problem in the context of the NFPA 400 Hazardous Materials Code. The task group identified the need for additional research regarding TSDF incidents in the form of a gap analysis. This code fund project, through the Fire Protection Research Foundation  (FPRF), was created to gather information on TSDF losses including causes and contributing factors; to identify trends and challenges unique to TSDFs;  to review the fire codes in the context of TSDFs; to identify gaps, both real and perceived, by Chemical Safety Board (CSB) and others; and propose a strategy for implementing code language with the existing MAQ per control area approach to fundamental requirements, fire prevention and fire protection for TSDFs containing a cross section of hazardous materials.  The completed report is available from the Foundation web page and can be accessed through the following link


At its April 2015 meeting, the Standards Council reviewed the request from NFPA staff to seek input from the stakeholders, members and affected parties as to the need for a separate NFPA Standard to address the various processes associated with hazardous waste disposal.  After review of all the material before it, the Council voted to publish a notice to solicit public comments of need for the project, information on subject matter resources, those interested in participating, if established, and other organizations actively involved with the subject.  Click on the link to go to the page where you can submit comments in response to this solicitation.  Please note, though the deadline established for comments is listed as June 15th, the Council will still accept comments on this request for information regarding the need for a separate TSDF standard.Hazardous waste disposal

And, if you are really interested in this topic, an educational session will be presented this afternoon; Session T75, from 3:30 - 4:30 pm, in Room 503ab, will review the recently completed Fire Protection Research Foundation project on TSD facilities - gap analysis.