NFPA 82 - Crematoriums

Blog Post created by ericnette Employee on Jun 17, 2015

A frequent question I get here is whether or not NFPA 82 covers crematoriums under the definition of an Incinerator. Let's look at the definition of an Incinerator:


"3.3.7* Incinerator.    Equipment predominantly designed for burning solid waste."


In the standard we do not define "solid waste". Therefore the definition of waste falls to Merriam-Websters Collegiate Dictionary.


"4 a :  damaged, defective, or superfluous material produced by a manufacturing process: as (1) :  material rejected during a textile manufacturing process and used usually for      wiping away dirt and oil <cotton waste> (2) :  scrap (3) :  an unwanted by-product of a manufacturing process, chemical laboratory, or nuclear      reactor <toxic waste> <hazardous waste> <nuclear waste>

     b :  refuse from places of human or animal habitation: as (1) :  garbage, rubbish (2) :  excrement—often used in plural (3) :  sewage"


Most of the AHJ that I speak to do not classify Human or Animal remains as waste.


-Eric Nette, P.E.