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:

Fuel Gases Detection

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 requirements for fuel gases detection. Specifically, it is anticipated and requested that a standard be established for the selection, installation, operation, and maintenance of fuel gases warning equipment. If standards development is approved by the Standards Council, the standard may additionally address related topics as the Standard 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 fuel gases detection 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 fuel gases detection, including criteria for the selection, installation, operation, and maintenance of fuel gases warning equipment?
  2. Although the submitted request focused on residential applications, the use of fuel gases is not limited to those occupancies. Should the standard/project, if pursued, extend to other occupancies or be limited to residential properties?
  3. Please state your reason(s) for supporting or opposing the proposed fuel gases detection standards development.

Please submit comments in support or opposition to standards development on fuel gases detection by February 1, 2019.

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. Applications may be submitted online at: Submit online application*.
 

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 August 2018 meeting:

Hanging and Bracing for Fire Suppression Systems

The Council approved the request from 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.  The Council directed that a call for members interested in serving on the proposed Technical Committee be published.  Staff will return to the Council with a proposed startup roster and recommendation for a Technical Committee Chair.  Once a Committee is appointed, work will begin to establish requirements for hanging and bracing for all water-based fire suppression systems.  The current Technical Committee on Hanging and Bracing will continue to exist and make revisions for the Annual 2021 revision cycle of NFPA 13.   The new Technical Committee on Hanging and Bracing for Fire Suppression Systems standard is anticipated to be issued prior to the 2024 revision cycle of NFPA 13, so that the Technical Committee on Automatic Sprinklers can extract the requirements on hanging and bracing. 

The Council approved the title and scope of the new committee as follows:

Approved Committee Title:  Technical Committee on Hanging and Bracing for Fire Suppression Systems (HBS-AAA)  
Approved Committee Scope: This committee shall have responsibility for developing criteria for the use and installation of components and devices used for the support of fire suppression systems. This committee shall also be responsible for developing criteria for the protection of fire suppression systems and devices against seismic events. 

 Submit an online application on this new committee


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.