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At the NFPA Annual Technical Meeting (Tech Session), Thursday, June 25th beginning at 8:00 am in the S100 Ballroom, NFPA members will hear the discussion of two Certified Amending Motions (CAM) submitted for NFPA 652.  NFPA 652 is the proposed new standard on Fundamentals of Combustible Dust and originally received 6 proposed motions; however, the proponent for four of the motions withdrew theirs so only two remain - 652-5 and 652-6.


  • 652-5 Proposes to delete Chapter 7 on Dust Hazard Analysis
  • 652-6 Proposes to return the entire document to committee


If you are interested in the NFPA combustible dust standards, I hope you will consider attending the Tech Session to follow the final stages in the development of this proposed new standard.  For more detailed information regarding the report of the Motions Committee and the specific CAM for NFPA 652 please click on the link that follows.

The 2015 edition of NFPA 45, Standard on Fire Protection for Laboratories Using Chemicals, includes a new chapter on educational and instructional laboratories. There have been many incidents involving laboratory demonstrations in the recent past, and it is intent of the Technical Committee on Laboratories Using Chemicals that this new chapter will help to promote laboratory safety within the educational community.


For more information, you can view the standard for free on the Doc Info page. There is also a new digital handbook available in our catalog.

During the last revision cycle, the Technical Committee for the National Fuel Gas Code made several revisions to the requirements for CSST bonding in Chapter 7 of NFPA 54. These were based off of a study done by the Gas Technology Institute (GTI) that indicated that the location of the bonding jumper does not impact the efficacy of the protection, but that the length and size of the connector are critical factors. That study can be found on the Doc Info page here.


Do you have input on how these requirements (or any other section of the code) can be improved in the next edition? The document is open for Public Input until July 6, 2015- only 2 more weeks so submit your input here today!

NFPA 53, Recommended Practice on Materials, Equipment, and Systems used in Oxygen-Enriched Atmospheres, is a Fall 2015 document and the committee is currently being balloted on the Second Draft. One of the revisions includes an expanded table of Oxygen Index, Autoignition Temperature, and Heat of Combustion data for nonmetallic materials used in oxygen service.  Keep an eye out for the Second Draft report, coming out soon.


In the meantime, check out the medical oxygen fact sheet and safety tips on the NFPA website.