New projects and draft documents

Learn how to submit a request for a new NFPA project.

The NFPA Standards Council has received the following new project request(s) and is currently soliciting comments:

Fire Service Support Personnel Professional Qualifications

The NFPA Standards Council is in receipt of a New Project Initiation Request for the development of an ANSI Accredited Standard to establish requirements for professional qualifications for fire service support personnel. Specifically, it is anticipated and requested that a standard be established to provide guidance on the professional qualifications for personnel engaged in functions that are in support of personnel and organizations assigned to firefighting, fire prevention and related services. The professional qualifications sought are not defined by other NFPA Professional Qualifications Standards. If this standard development is approved by the Standards Council, the standard may additionally address related topics as the Standards Council directs.

To assist the Standards Council in evaluating the proposal for new standards, NFPA is currently soliciting comments to gauge whether support exists for fire service support personnel professional qualifications standards development. NFPA specifically seeks input on the following:

  1. Are you, or your organization, in favor of the development of a new standard establishing professional qualifications for fire service support personnel, including job performance requirements for operating on or near emergency scenes (rehabilitation, water supply, staging, communications, command post support, logistics) and non-emergency operations (community risk reduction, post fire support and victim advocate)?
  2. Please state your reason(s), providing detail, for supporting or opposing the proposed fire service support personnel professional qualification standards development.

All comments in support or opposition to standards development on fire service support personnel professional qualifications should be submitted electronically, online by October 19, 2018 at: stds_admin@nfpa.org .

Additionally, if you are interested in participating as a technical committee member should standards development be approved by the Standards Council, please submit an application online at: Submit online application*.

Spaceports

The NFPA Standards Council is in receipt of a New Project Initiation Request for the development of an ANSI Accredited Standard to establish requirements for spaceports.  Specifically, it is anticipated and requested that standards be established to provide guidance on the construction and operation of facilities used to house; maintain; and deploy rockets (solid and liquid), space planes, and other similar craft.  Another aspect of standards development proposed is addressing static stands used for testing and the development of rockets and space planes, among others.  If standards development is approved by the Standards Council, the standard may additionally address related topics as the Standards Council directs. 

To assist the Standards Council in evaluating the proposal for new standards, NFPA is currently soliciting comments to gauge whether support exists for spaceport standards development.  NFPA specifically seeks input on the following:

  1. Are you, or your organization, in favor of the development of a new standard establishing standards for spaceports, including guidelines for construction and operation of related facilities’ static stands, and other associated needs for spaceports?   
  2. Please state your reason(s) for supporting or opposing the proposed spaceport standards development.

Please submit comments in support or opposition to standards development on spaceports by August 3, 2018.

Additionally, NFPA would like to know if you or your organization is interested in applying for membership on the Technical Committee if standards development is approved by the Standards Council?  If you are interested in participating in standards development as a technical committee member, please submit an application in addition to your comments.  Submit online application*




The following new projects were reviewed and acted on by the Standards Council at the April 2018 meeting:

Contamination control of personal protective equipment (PPE), accessories, and equipment

The Council reviewed the request of David Bernzweig, Columbus Firefighters Union, to develop a standard to establish the minimum requirements for the effective contamination control of personal protective equipment (PPE), accessories, and equipment. After review of all the information provided, the Council voted to approve the development of requirements for contamination control of personal protective equipment, accessories, and equipment.  The Council noted that there were several ways to approach the development of contamination control requirements, such as developing a new standard or including the requirements within existing standard(s) and the Council recognized that it was important to identify appropriate expertise.  Therefore, the Council directed NFPA Staff to form a task group that includes the chairs of individual technical committees which currently address contamination and/or contamination control in standards, or which will be directly impacted by the development of requirements for contamination control.  The Task Group shall report back to the Council in August with a detailed path forward on how to develop requirements for contamination control of personal protective equipment, accessories, and equipment (i.e. whether within an existing standard, a new stand-alone standard, a new committee, or assign to a current committee; and how to address correlation). The Task Group will be chaired by Standards Council Member Gary Keith, Vice President-Engineering Standards at FM Global. The Council noted that given the urgency to establish requirements for contamination control, for those committees that have requirements that currently address contamination control or are in the process of developing new or revised requirements during the current revision cycle, the Council encourages those committees to continue their work.

Test methods for determining the flammability of interior/exterior wall panels

At the December 2017 meeting, the Council reviewed the request of Richard Davis and Dr. Dong Zeng, FM Global, to develop a project addressing test methods for determining the flammability of interior/exterior wall panels. After a review of all material submitted, the Council took action to direct the Technical Committee on Fire Tests to review the Factory Mutual Report that was recently released on this subject and report back to the Council at the April 2018 meeting with its findings. The Report – Evaluation of the Fire Performance of Aluminum Cladding Material (ACM) Assemblies Using ANSI/FM 4880 can be found on the Factory Mutual website:  https://www.fmglobal.com/research-and-resources/research-and-testing/research-technical-reports. The Technical Committee reviewed the report – Evaluation of the Fire Performance of Aluminum Cladding Material (ACM) Assemblies Using ANSI/FM 4880 and determined that the Technical Committee will re-submit the project request to the Standards Council to include text relating to window openings and the application of the new document will be mandated by the Codes. Standards Council Member Daniel O’Connor recused himself from the deliberations and vote on this Minute Item.  Standards Council Member Gary Keith requested to be recorded as abstaining on the minute item.

Remote inspections of existing buildings, buildings under construction, and building systems

The Council voted to approve the request of Bassem Khalil, Abu Dhabi Civil Defense, to develop a standard to establish protocols and practices for the use of remote inspections of existing buildings, buildings under construction, and building systems for code compliance. The Council directed NFPA staff to seek input from the existing Technical Committee on Electrical Inspection Practices as to whether remote inspections should be included in the existing committee’s scope and whether additional committee expertise may be required.  Council also directed NFPA Staff to report back to the Council with a proposed committee roster and committee scope.

Low pressure dispensing containers (LPDC)

At the April 2016 Standards Council Meeting, the Council approved the request of Axel Bogdan, 3M Science, to develop a standard on low pressure dispensing containers.  The Council directed that a call for members interested in serving on the new Technical Committee on Low Pressure Dispensing Containers (LPDC) be published. The NFPA Staff reported back to the Council that due to the lack of applying participants, interest for a new committee and stand-alone project appeared limited. The Council instructed the NFPA Staff to return to the Council with a plan on how it is intended to incorporate this material into other NFPA Standards and whether those documents’ scopes need to be changed to accommodate this new material. In November 2017, the Technical Committee on Aerosol Products was balloted to secure committee member approval to agree to develop this new project.  The ballot passed – 26 voting members/19 affirmative/4 negative/0 abstained/3 ballots not returned.  In order to take on this new document, the Committee needed to revise their scope.  The Council approved the revised scope for the Technical Committee on Aerosol Products, as follows:

  • APPROVED 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 aerosol products and low pressure dispensing containers.


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 (closing dates listed below):

  • NFPA 1802, Standard on Two-Way, Portable RF Voice Communications Devices for Use by Emergency Services Personnel in the Hazard Zone, (January 3, 2019)
  • NFPA 1891, Standard on Selection, Care, and Maintenance of Hazardous Materials Clothing and Equipment, (January 3, 2019)

The public input closing date has passed for the following proposed new NFPA Standards (First Draft Report available):

  • NFPA 78Guide on Electrical Inspections,  (August 22, 2018)
  • NFPA 451Guide for Community Health Care Program, (July 17, 2018)
  • NFPA 770Standard on Hybrid (Water and Inert Gas) Fire Extinguishing Systems, (February 27, 2019)
  • NFPA 1078Standard for Electrical Inspector Professional Qualifications (August 22, 2018)
  • NFPA 1700, Guide for Structural Fire Fighting, (September 6, 2018)

How to submit a request for a new NFPA project

Download a new project initiation form (doc, 26 KB). 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.


*Applications being accepted for purposes of documenting applicant interest in committee participation. Acceptance of applications by NFPA does not guarantee or imply the Standards Council will ultimately approve standards development activity on this proposed subject matter.