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 requests and is currently soliciting comments.

Contamination Control of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Accessories, and Equipment

The NFPA Standards Council is in receipt of a New Project Initiation Request for the development of an ANSI Accredited Standard to establish the minimum requirements for the effective contamination control of personal protective equipment (PPE), accessories, and equipment. Specifically, it is anticipated that contamination control will consist of removing products of combustion, carcinogens, chemical toxicants and ultrafine particles which have the potential to result in harm either immediately or over sustained exposures and time. If standards development is approved by the Standards Council, the standard may additionally call for effective contamination control of other foreign matter residue. 

NFPA is currently soliciting comments to gauge whether support exists for standards development addressing effective contamination control of PPE, accessories, and equipment. NFPA specifically seeks input on the following:

  1. Are you, or your organization, in favor of the development of a new standard establishing protocol and practices for effective contamination control of PPE, accessories, and equipment? Are you in favor of existing standard NFPA 1581, Standard on Fire Department Infection Control Program, being expanded to include requirements for contamination control of PPE, accessories and equipment
  2. Please state your reason(s) for supporting or opposing such standards development.
  3. Are you or your organization interested in applying for membership on the Technical Committee if standards development is approved by the Standards Council?  If yes, please submit an online application, in addition to your comments in support of the project.*

Please submit all comments, in support or opposition, for effective contamination control of personal protective equipment, accessories, and equipment by December 15, 2017.


Remote Inspections of Existing Buildings, Buildings under Construction, and Building Systems for Code Compliance

On the heels of a white paper written and presented by the Building Code Development Committee and a recent article in the NFPA Journal, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standards Council is in receipt of a New Project Initiation Request for the development of an ANSI Accredited Standard to establish protocols and practices for the use of remote inspections of existing buildings, buildings under construction, and building systems for code compliance.  Technologies for remote inspections include video, photographs, data submission, and other technologies as they become available.  The standards are envisioned to be utilized/adopted by jurisdictions seeking to increase efficiencies, cost, time and resources required for inspections while improving safety for inspectors performing inspection duties. If standards development is approved by the Standards Council, the standard may additionally call for effective contamination control of other foreign matter residue. 

NFPA is currently soliciting comments to gauge whether support exists for standards development addressing remote inspections of existing buildings, buildings under construction, and building systems. NFPA specifically seeks input on the following:

1. Are you, or your organization, in favor of the development of a new standard establishing protocol and practices for remote inspections of existing buildings, buildings under construction, and building systems?   

2. Please state your reason(s) for supporting or opposing such standards development.

3. Are you or your organization interested in applying for membership on the Technical Committee if standards development is approved by the Standards Council?  If yes, please submit an application, in addition to your comments in support of the project, online at:  Submit online application*

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

Please submit all public comments, in support or opposition, to the proposed standards development for remote inspections by December 15, 2017.


The following new projects were reviewed and acted on by the Standards Council at the December 2017 meeting:

Fire Investigation Units (FIUs)

The Council voted to approve the request of Dr. Craig Beyer, Jensen Hughes, to develop a project addressing organization and operation of fire investigation units (FIUs).  Although the Council approved the project, they direct NFPA Staff to advertise for additional members to serve on this Committee.  This project did receive applications, but not sufficient applications to seat a balanced committee currently.  Once a balanced proposed roster is achieved, the roster can be brought back to Council for further direction.  

Fire Service Support Personnel

The Council reviewed the request of Dave Finger, National Volunteer Fire Council, to develop a project addressing professional qualifications for fire service support personnel.  

After a review of all material submitted, the Council took action to direct NFPA staff to form a task group consisting of the submitter of the project, commenters and others to develop a scope and define the skill sets for the proposed project.  Once the Task Group has accomplished this, Staff should advertise again in NFPA News for additional committee applications.  Once a balanced proposed roster is achieved, the roster can be brought back to Council for further direction.  

Fire Test for Wall Panels

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 findings.

Standards Council Member Dan O’Connor recused himself from deliberation and vote on the motion.  Standards Council Member Gary Keith requested to be recorded as abstaining on the Council’s motion.


 

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 78Guide on Electrical Inspections, February 14, 2018
  • NFPA 1078Standard for Electrical Inspector Professional Qualifications, February 14, 2018
  • NFPA 451Guide for Community Health Care Program, March 7, 2018
  • NFPA 770Standard on Hybrid (Water and Inert Gas) Fire Extinguishing Systems, June 27, 2018

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

  • NFPA 1300, Standard on Community Risk Assessment and Community Risk Reduction Plan Development (February 28, 2018)
  • NFPA 1700, Guide for Structural Fire Fighting, (September 6, 2018)
  • NFPA 1877, Standard on Selection, Care, and Maintenance of Wildland Fire Fighting Clothing and Equipment (February 28, 2018)
  • NFPA 2400, Standard for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) used for Public Safety Operations (April 11, 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.