NFPA 87: Recommended Practice for Fluid Heaters
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What is NFPA 87?
NFPA 87: Document Scope
1.1 Scope 1.1.1 This recommended practice shall apply to fluid heaters including thermal fluid heaters and process fluid heaters. 1.1.2 The fluid shall be flowing, under pressure, and indirectly heated. 1.1.3 This recommended practice shall not apply to water or steam heaters
This recommended practice provides safety guidance for fluid heaters and related equipment to minimize fire and explosion hazards that can endanger the fluid heater, the building, or personnel. Official document scope
What does NFPA 87 address?
Requirements apply to Type F, Type G, and Type H fluid heaters and cover location and construction; heating systems, including fuel gas-fired units, liquid fuel-fired units, and resistance heating systems; commissioning; training; operations; inspection, testing, and maintenance; heating system safety equipment and application topics such as programmable logic controller systems, mechanical purging, and combustion air safety devices; and fire protection.Table Of Contents.
NFPA 87, 2011 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.
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, 623 KB)
Motions Committee Report (NITMAM)
Motions Committee Report (NITMAM)
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Consent document not presented at Association Technical Meeting. Document issuance: 6/1/2010.
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