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Requests are forwarded to the NFPA Standards Council for a preliminary review. If deemed appropriate, the Council directs that a notice be published in NFPA News. This notice asks for information or resources on the subject matter, the names of those interested in participating on the Committee (if established), the names of other organizations actively involved with this subject, and whether there is a need for such a project. The Standards Council then reviews the proposed project/document and any public comments generated by the notice. If the Standards Council does determine the need for the proposed project it either assigns the project to an existing Technical Committee or establishes a new committee.

Comment on a new project
Anyone interested in commenting on a new project is invited to do so in writing. Please include information on resources on the subject matter, the names of those interested in participating on the Committee (if established), the names of other organizations actively involved with this subject, and whether there is a need for such a project.

E-mail your comments, or mail to: Codes and Standards Administration, NFPA, 1 Batterymarch Park, Quincy, MA 02169-7471

At its August 2014 meeting, the NFPA Standards Council considered and reviewed a new project and a new committee and is seeking public review and comment by the February 1, 2015 deadline:

The following new committees/documents were approved by the Standards Council at its August 2014 meeting:

  • Community Risk Reduction Plan

    The Council voted to approve the request to establish a standard that helps departments follow the process steps for a Community Risk Reduction plan. The Community Risk Reduction (CRR) plan is the identification and prioritization of risks followed by the coordinated application of resources to minimize the probability or occurrence and/or the impact of unfortunate events.  This new document will be assigned to the Fire Prevention Organization and Deployment Committee.  The Council approved a scope change to the Fire Prevention Organization and Deployment Committee to accommodate this new document.

    Revised Fire Prevention Organization and Deployment Scope: This Committee shall have primary responsibility for documents on the organization, operation, deployment, and evaluation of code enforcement, public fire & life safety education, plan review, and fire investigation operations. They shall also have responsibility for documents related to developing the process to conduct Community Risk Assessments and Reduction Programs.

  • Selection, Care, and Maintenance (SCAM) of Wildland Fire Fighting Clothing and Equipment.

    The Council voted to approve the request of the Wildland Fire Fighting Protective Clothing and Equipment Committee to establish a new document on the selection, care and maintenance (SCAM) of wildland firefighting clothing and equipment.

    Proposed document scope:  This standard shall specify the minimum selection, care, and maintenance requirements of wildland firefighting incidents that include garments, helmets, gloves, footwear, and interface components that are compliant with NFPA 1977, Standard on Protective Clothing and Equipment for Wildland Fire Fighting. 

The Council, at its August 2014 meeting, has voted to establish a task group to review the following new project:

  • Professional Practices for Facility Fire Safety Planning and Fire Safety Directors

    At the March 2014 Standard Council meeting the Council considered the request of the Loss Prevention Procedures and Practices Committee (TC) that NFPA establish a standard for professional practices for facility fire safety planning and fire safety directors.  After review of all the material before it, the Council voted to publish a notice to solicit comments on the need for the project, its intended scope and breadth, information on resources on the subject matter, those interested in participating, and other organizations actively involved with the subject.

    The Council received a number of comments of interest in the development of this project.  After review of all of the material before them, the Council voted to establish a task group, which will be chaired by Standards Council Member, Michael Snyder.  This Task Group has been charged with developing a scope, a clear determination as to who should be charged with new project, if developed, and what direction should the project cover: industrial facility safety planning or high rise building safety. 

At its August 2014 meeting, the Council voted to halt development of an NFPA Standard on the following project:

  • Offshore LNG Facilities.

    At the March 2014 Council Meeting, the Council considered the request of the Liquefied Natural Gas Committee (TC) to cease the development of an NFPA Standard addressing offshore LNG facilities.  The development of this document was approved by the Council March, 2011.  After review of all the material before it, the Council voted to publish a notice to solicit public comments on the current need for the project and the request of the TC to cease development of an NFPA Standard on offshore LNG facilities.  The Council sought to determine if there still exists interested parties willing to participate in the project, and if standards development activities are still feasible in the current climate.  At this meeting, the Council reviewed of all the material before it, and the Council voted to halt development of an NFPA Standard addressing offshore LNG facilities.