NFPA 76: Standard for the Fire Protection of Telecommunications Facilities
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What is NFPA 76?
NFPA 76: Document Scope
1.1* Scope. This standard provides requirements for fire protection of telecommunications facilities where telecommunications services such as telephone (landline, wireless) transmission, data transmission, internet transmission, voice-over internet protocol (VoIP) transmission, and video transmission are rendered to the public. A.1.1 It is not intended that this standard apply to private telecommunications facilities. Private telecommunications facilities include rooms specifically used for a business to deliver telecommunications to its employees, containing telecommunication for employees of a company. However, private telecommunications facilities do not include facilities that are owned by non-utility business that provide telecommunications services to the public, including, but not limited to, large medical facilities, universities, large corporate telecommunications networks, military bases, and private prisons. Telecommunications facilities are referred to as telephone exchanges in NFPA 101 and NFPA 5000. The 2012 edition of NFPA 101 classifies telephone exchanges as special-purpose industrial occupancies, and the 2012 edition of NFPA 5000 classifies telephone exchanges as industrial occupancies. 1.1.1 Telecommunications facilities include signal processing equipment areas, cable entrance facility areas, power areas, main distribution frame areas, standby engine areas, technical support areas, administrative areas, and building services and support areas occupied by a telecommunications service provider. 1.1.2* This standard shall specifically exclude small outdoor structures that are normally unoccupied and that house telecommunications equipment, including on-grade, walk-in cabinets, on-grade huts, cell huts, and controlled environmental vaults (CEVs). A.1.1.2 Outdoor structures that include abovegrade huts and cabinets and belowgrade vaults are not intended to be covered by this standard.
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What does NFPA 76 address?
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NFPA 76, 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.
The Preprint appended to the ROP above shows how the draft of the proposed 2012 edition looks based on NFPA staff’s reading of the Committee Actions contained in the Technical Committee Report (i.e., the Committee Actions in the Report on Proposals).
ROP Meeting Notice
ROP Meeting Notice
Note: Please contact the appropriate staff liaison (listed on the Technical Committee tab) for information on attending an NFPA Technical Committee meeting as a guest. Read NFPA"s Regulations Governing Committee Projects (Section 3.3.3.3) for further information.
June 22-24, 2010, Overland Park, KS
ROP Meeting Agenda
ROP Meeting Minutes
ROP Ballot
ROP Ballot
The ballots posted on this page are for public information only. Voting on ballots is permitted by committee members only. See NFPA Regulations Governing Committee Projects, Section 3.3.4.
Ballot (PDF, 955 KB)
Ballot Circulation (PDF, 98 KB)
Ballot Final (PDF, 62 KB)
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.
Report on Comments (ROC) (PDF, 719 KB)
ROC Meeting Notice
ROC Meeting Notice
Note: Please contact the appropriate staff liaison (listed on the Technical Committee tab) for information on attending an NFPA Technical Committee meeting as a guest. Read NFPA"s Regulations Governing Committee Projects (Section 3.3.3.3) for further information.
ROC Meeting Agenda
ROC Meeting Minutes
ROC Ballot
ROC Ballot
The ballots posted on this page are for public information only. Voting on ballots is permitted by committee members only. See NFPA Regulations Governing Committee Projects, Section 3.3.4.
Ballot (PDF, 247 KB)
Ballot Form (PDF, 76 KB)
Ballot Final (PDF, 39 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.
No NITMAMs
Association Technical Meeting
Consent document not presented at Association Technical Meeting. Document issuance by Standards Council: 12/13/2011
Archived revision information
NFPA 76, 2012 Edition: Archived Revision Information
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