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Representatives from FEMA will join NFPA Fire Service Section Executive Board members in the booth at C&E. Come by and hear some important and relevant information about Preparedness Initiatives for Flammable Liquids/Crude by Rail Incidents.

On Monday, Session M47, starting at 11:00 am in S404bc, I will be presenting about NFPA's new combustible dust standard, NFPA 652.  Join me as I discuss the development of this new standard and overview the content and how it relates to the existing, industry or commodity-specific dust standards.  Click here to read more about NFPA 652 and the combustible dust standards. NFPA Journal - Credible Risk, March April 2015

During the last revision cycle of NFPA 58 the Technical Committee decided to revise the document to include the following definition of Vehicle Barrier Protection (VBP).


"3.3.79* Vehicular Barrier Protection (VBP).    A system or method to provide physical protection for LP-Gas storage areas or installations from vehicular incursion. "

"A.3.3.79 Vehicular Barrier Protection (VBP).  Numerous effective means to provide protection for LP-Gas installations from impact by motor vehicles are available. The system or method selected depends on local conditions with regard to the kinds of traffic that can be reasonably expected and the environment surrounding the location. Examples of such protection include, but are not limited to, the following:

  •      (1)Guard rails
  •      (2)Steel bollards
  •      (3)Raised sidewalks [minimum of 6 in. (150 mm) in height]
  •      (4)Fencing
  •      (5)Ditches
  •      (6)Berms (not to exceed 50 percent of the container perimeter)
  •      (7)Jersey barriers
  •      (8)Parking bumpers [minimum of 6 in. (150 mm) in height]
  •      (9)Fencing/gates "


References to protection of various containers and appurtenances installations include the reference to VBP but leave a performance based requirement for these installations. The Technical Committee at this time has left it to the AHJ to review and approve the appropriate VBP based on these requirements.


-Eric Nette, P.E.