NFPA 1: Instructional and Educational Labs, #firecodefridays

Blog Post created by kristinbigda Employee on Apr 29, 2016

NFPA 1, Fire Code, extracts much of its content from over 45 other NFPA codes and standards...(hint: they are all listed in Chapter 2.)  When published, extracted sections reflect the most current edition of the documents available at the time of the Technical Committee's Second Draft Meeting.


Chapter 26 of NFPA 1 addresses laboratories using chemicals and extracts provisions from NFPA 45, Standard on Fire Protection for Laboratories Using Chemicals.  The 2018 edition of NFPA 1 will extract from NFPA 45, 2015 edition.  (Even though the current edition of NFPA 45 is 2015, it is one revision cycle behind NFPA 1, thus it was not available to be extracted into NFPA 1, 2015 edition last cycle.)


The 2015 edition of NFPA 45 introduced a significant revision that will be reflected in the next edition of NFPA 1; a new chapter 12 on Educational and Instructional Laboratory Operations was added.  The new chapter provides fire protection and safety requirements for new and existing educational and instructional laboratories where experiments are conducted or demonstrations are performed using hazardous materials.  Provisions in new Chapter 12 address the following topics:

  • Instructor Responsibilities
  • Chemical Storage and Handling
  • Performance of Experiments or Demonstrations


NFPA 1 will add a new section to Chapter 26 to read as follows:



Chapter 26 shall apply to all educational laboratory units and instructional laboratory units in which any quantity of chemicals, as defined in NFPA 704 with one or more of the following hazard ratings, is handled or stored: health - 2, 3, or 4: flammability - 2, 3, or 4; or instability - 2, 3, or 4. (See also Section B.2 of NFPA 45). [45:1.1.2]


This addition will bring into NFPA 1 the reference to NFPA 45 specific for educational and instructional laboratories.

Do you work with these types of laboratories in your jurisdiction?