NFPA 654: Standard for the Prevention of Fire and Dust Explosions from the Manufacturing, Processing, and Handling of Combustible Particulate Solids
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What is NFPA 654?
NFPA 654: Document Scope
1.1.1* This standard shall apply to all phases of the manufacture, processing, blending, pneumatic conveying, repackaging, and handling of combustible particulate solids or hybrid mixtures, regardless of concentration or particle size, where the materials present a fire or explosion hazard. 1.1.2 This standard shall apply to systems that convey combustible particulate solids that are produced as a result of a principal or incidental activity, regardless of concentration or particle size, where the materials present a fire or explosion hazard. 1.1.3 This standard shall not apply to materials covered by the following documents, unless specifically referenced by the applicable document: (1) NFPA 30B, Code for the Manufacture and Storage of Aerosol Products (2) NFPA 61, Standard for the Prevention of Fires and Dust Explosions in Agricultural and Food Products Facilities (3) NFPA 120, Standard for Coal Preparation Plants (4) NFPA 432, Code for the Storage of Organic Peroxide Formulations (5) NFPA 480, Standard for the Storage, Handling, and Processing of Magnesium Solids and Powders (6) NFPA 481, Standard for the Production, Processing, Handling, and Storage of Titanium (7) NFPA 482, Standard for the Production, Processing, Handling, and Storage of Zirconium (8) NFPA 485, Standard for the Storage, Handling, Processing, and Use of Lithium Metal (9) NFPA 495, Explosive Materials Code (10) NFPA 651, Standard for the Machining and Finishing of Aluminum and the Production and Handling of Aluminum Powders (11) NFPA 655, Standard for Prevention of Sulfur Fires and Explosions (12) NFPA 664, Standard for the Prevention of Fires and Explosions in Wood Processing and Woodworking Facilities (13) NFPA 1124, Code for the Manufacture, Transportation, and Storage of Fireworks and Pyrotechnic Articles (14) NFPA 1125, Code for the Manufacture of Model Rocket and High Power Rocket Motors (15) NFPA 8503, Standard for Pulverized Fuel Systems 1.1.4 In the event of a conflict between this standard and a specific occupancy standard, the specific occupancy standard requirements shall apply.
This standard presents safety measures to prevent and mitigate fires and dust explosions in facilities that handle combustible particulate solids, which includes combustible dusts, fibers, flocks, flakes, chips, and chunks. Official document scope
What does NFPA 654 address?
Requirements apply to all phases of the manufacture, processing, blending, pneumatic conveying, repackaging, and handling of combustible particulate solids or hybrid mixtures where the materials present a fire or explosion hazard. Topics include facility and systems design and construction, identification of combustible dust flash fire or explosion hazard areas, process equipment protection, fugitive dust control and housekeeping, ignition source identification and control, fire protection, training and procedures, and inspection and maintenance.Table Of Contents.
NFPA 654, 2013 Edition: Archived Revision Information
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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
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ROP Ballot
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Report on Comments (ROC)
Report on Comments (ROC)
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ROC Meeting Notice
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ROC Ballot
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Motions Committee Report (NITMAM)
Motions Committee Report (NITMAM)
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NFPA 654 was returned to committee by Association vote at Annual 2010 and reported in the Annual 2012 cycle.
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Ballot, TIA No. 1020 (PDF, 115 KB)
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