NFPA 385: Standard for Tank Vehicles for Flammable and Combustible Liquids
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What is NFPA 385?
NFPA 385: Document Scope
1.1 Scope. 1.1.1* This standard shall apply to tank vehicles used for the transportation of asphalt or normally stable flammable and combustible liquids with flash points below 200°F (93°C). 1.1.2 This standard shall also provide minimum requirements for the design and construction of cargo tanks and their appurtenances and shall set forth certain matters pertaining to tank vehicles. 1.1.3 The provisions of this standard shall not preclude the use of additional safeguards for tank vehicles used for the transportation of flammable and combustible liquids having characteristics that introduce additional factors such as high rates of expansion, instability, corrosiveness, and toxicity. 1.1.4 The provisions of this standard shall also apply to cutback asphalts that have flash points below 100°F (37.8°C) and to liquids transported at temperatures elevated above their flash points. 1.1.5 The requirements for aircraft fuel servicing tank vehicles shall be in accordance with NFPA 407, Standard for Aircraft Fuel Servicing. 1.1.6 A tank vehicle transporting a flammable or combustible liquid in interstate service shall be considered to be in compliance with this standard while it is in interstate service if it meets the requirements of the U.S. Department of Transportation 49 CFR 171–179, “Hazardous Materials Regulations.”
NFPA 385 provides for safe transportation of flammable and combustible liquids in tank vehicles through design and construction requirements for tank vehicles that are equivalent to those of the U. S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and through safe operating procedures. Official document scope
What does NFPA 385 address?
Topics covered include the design and construction of tank trucks, tank trailers, and tank semi-trailers used to transport stable flammable and combustible liquids, special requirements for tank vehicles used to transport asphalt, requirements for marking and for auxiliary equipment, and specific requirements for delivery operators when loading or unloading the vehicle.Table Of Contents.
NFPA 385, 2012 Edition: Archived Revision Information
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