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New projects and draft documents

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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.

New projects

The NFPA Standards Council has received the following new project request and is currently soliciting comments by June 17, 2016:

  • Emergency Responder Robotics (including Unmanned Aerial Systems, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, and other robotics utilized in emergency responder applications) 
The following new committees/documents were approved by the Standards Council at its April 2016 meeting:
  • Energy storage systems
    The Council approved the request of Randy Fish, California Energy Storage Alliance, to develop a project addressing the design, construction, installation, and commissioning of stationary energy storage systems.  The Council directed that a call for members interested in serving on the new Technical Committee on the Design, Construction, and Installation of Stationary Energy Storage Systems be published. Staff will return to the Council with a proposed start-up roster and committee scope.
  • Hazardous Waste
    The Council voted to establish a task group at its August 2015 meeting, to be chaired by Dr. James Milke, Professor and Chair of the Department of Fire Protection Engineering at the University of Maryland. The Task Group has been charged with determining the best approach to address hazardous waste disposal. The Task Group met and recommended to the Council the formation of a new Technical Committee and development of a document to address hazardous waste generators, transporters, and Treatment Storage Disposal (TSD) facilities.  It should also include a crosswalk between NFPA, EPA, and DOT classifications of hazardous waste. After a review of all the material provided, the Council voted to approve a new Technical Committee on Hazardous Waste and a Technical Committee scope.  The Council also directed that a call for members interested in serving on the new Technical Committee be published. Staff will return to the Council with a proposed start-up roster.  The Hazardous Waste Disposal Task Group was discharged by the Council with thanks.
    • Approved Committee Scope:  This Committee shall have primary responsibility for documents on safeguarding against the fire and explosion hazards associated with the treatment, storage, disposal, generation, and transportation of hazardous waste.
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  • Low Pressure Dispensing Containers (LPDC)
    The Council approved the request of Axel Bogdan, 3M Industrial Adhesives and Tapes Division, to develop a project on low pressure dispensing containers (LPDC).  The Council directed that a call for members interested in serving on the new Technical Committee on Low Pressure Dispensing Containers (LPDC) be published. Staff will return to the Council with a proposed start-up roster and recommendation for a Technical Committee Chair. The Council also approved the title and scope of the Committee as follows:  
    • Approved Committee Title:  Technical Committee on Low Pressure Dispensing Containers (LPDC)
    • Approved Committee Scope:  This Committee shall have primary responsibility for documents on safeguarding against the fire and explosion hazards associated with the manufacturing, handling, and storage of low pressure dispensing containers.
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The following new committee scope and document scope were approved at the April 2016 Standards Council meeting:

  • Building Fire and Life Safety Directors
    The Council voted to approve the request of the Technical Committee on Building Fire and Life Safety Directors to amend the committee scope and approval of a document scope as follows:  
    • Approved Committee Scope:  This committee shall have primary responsibility for documents related to the duties, requirements, competencies and professional qualifications required of Building Fire and Life Safety Directors. This committee shall also have primary responsibility for the establishment of minimum requirements for emergency action plans addressing all-hazard emergencies within occupied structures having an occupant load of greater than 500. This committee shall not have responsibility of such qualifications, roles, responsibilities, or emergency action plans within industrial occupancies.
    • Approved Document Scope:  
      1.1* Scope.  This standard identifies the minimum job performance requirements (JPRs) for Building Fire and Life Safety Directors.

No action was taken by the Standards Council at its April 2016 meeting on the following new project:

  • Hanging and Bracing of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems
    The Council considered the request of the Technical Committee on Hanging and Bracing of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems to develop a new project for hanging and bracing requirements for a myriad of water-based systems, not merely sprinkler systems. After a review of all the material provided, the Council voted to take no action at this time.  The Council has requested NFPA Staff to report back to the Council with additional information of how this new project would affect the scopes of current documents. The Council also requests input from the Committees that would be affected by the development of this new project.  Additionally, Council seeks NFPA Staff recommendation regarding the potential alignment of cycles of the affected standards.

Draft documents

The preliminary draft of a proposed new NFPA Standard is made available to allow the public to view the drafts and submit public input. These preliminary drafts are works in progress and as such have no official status. They are available solely for use in submitting public input and are not intended for any other use. 

Public input sought on the following preliminary drafts:

  • NFPA 1877, Standard on Selection, Care, and Maintenance of Wildland Fire Fighting Clothing and Equipment: 6/28/2017

The public input closing date has passed for the following proposed new NFPA Standard (First Draft Report available: 9/8/2016):

  • NFPA 1858, Standard on Selection, Care, and Maintenance of Life Safety Rope and Equipment for Emergency Services