NFPA 232: Standard for the Protection of Records
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What is NFPA 232?
NFPA 232: Document Scope
1.1* Scope. 1.1.1 This standard provides requirements for records protection equipment and facilities and records-handling techniques that provide protection of records in a variety of media forms from the hazards of fire. 1.1.2 This standard does not consider forcible entry. 1.1.3 This standard covers the following categories of records storage environments in ascending order of risk tolerance: (1) Vaults (2) Archives (3) File rooms (4) Compartmented records centers (5) Records centers 1.1.4 This standard also covers the application of records protection equipment. 1.1.5* This standard does not cover the storage and handling of cellulose nitrate film records. 1.1.6 This standard does not cover the storage and handling of useful records. 1.1.7 The responsible party (or owner of the records) shall determine from this standard the level of protection afforded the records. 1.1.8 The various levels of protection shall be clearly defined to ensure the responsible party understands their risk exposure. 1.1.9 The responsible party shall determine which records justify the application of this standard.
This standard provides requirements for records protection equipment and facilities and records-handling techniques that safeguard records in a variety of media forms from the hazards of fire and its associated effects. Official document scope
What does NFPA 232 address?
Criteria cover the following categories of records storage environments in ascending order of risk tolerance: (1) vaults, (2) archives. (3) file rooms, (4) compartmented records centers, and (5) records centers. This document also includes provisions for the application of records protection equipment.Table Of Contents.
NFPA 232, 2012 Edition: Archived Revision Information
Report on Proposals (ROP)
Report on Proposals (ROP)
Proposals can be submitted for text to be amended or included in NFPA Codes and Standards. Following the Call for Proposals period, the responsible Technical Committee or Panel holds a meeting to consider and act on all submitted proposals. The committee or panel may also develop its own proposals. A document known as the Report on Proposals (ROP) is prepared containing all the Public Proposals, Technical Committees' action on each Proposal, as well as all Committee-generated proposals. The ROP for the document in question is submitted for the approval of the responsible TC or Panel by a formal written ballot. If the ROP does not receive approval via written ballot in accordance with NFPA rules, the Report is returned to the committee for further consideration and is not published. If the necessary approval is received, the ROP is published in a compilation of Reports on Proposals issued by NFPA twice yearly for public review and comment, and the process continues to the next step. The ROP is published and widely distributed and anyone may download or request a copy.
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ROP Meeting Notice
ROP Meeting Notice
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ROP Ballot
ROP Ballot
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Report on Comments (ROC)
Report on Comments (ROC)
Once the ROP becomes available, there is a 60-day comment period during which time anyone may submit a public comment on the proposed changes documented in the ROP. The committee or panel reconvenes at the end of the comment period and acts on all public comments. This committee or panel may also develop its own comments. As before, approval obtained via written ballot in accordance with NFPA's Regulations is required on all committee and panel actions. All of this information is compiled into a second Report, called the Report on Comments (ROC), which like the ROP, is published and made available for public review for a seven-week period.
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ROC Meeting Notice
ROC Meeting Notice
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ROC Meeting Agenda
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ROC Ballot
ROC Ballot
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Ballot (PDF, 262 KB)
Ballot Circulation (PDF, 60 KB)
Ballot Final (PDF, 76 KB)
Motions Committee Report (NITMAM)
Motions Committee Report (NITMAM)
Proposed NFPA documents will be presented for action at the applicable Annual (June) Association Technical Meeting only when proper Amending Motions (Notice of Intent to Make a Motion - NITMAM) have been certified by the Motions Committee of the Standards Council as a proper amending motion. Documents that receive no motions will not be presented at the meeting and instead will be forwarded directly to the NFPA Standards Council for action on issuance. More about the codes and standards making process including NITMAM.
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Ballot, 232-2 (PDF, 139 KB)
Ballot Cirulation, 232-2 (PDF, 116 KB)
Ballot Final, 232-2 (PDF, 130 KB)
Association Technical Meeting
Final Results (PDF, 96 KB)
Transcript (PDF, 326 KB)
Archived revision information
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