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 Analysts and Informational Technical Specialists Professional Qualifications

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 requirements for a professional qualification standard for Fire Service Analysts and Informational Technical Specialists.  Specifically, this standard request seeks a holistic standard which address the complex and emerging areas of planning, managing and executing analyses and technology infrastructure within fire service organizations. 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 Fire Service Analysts and Informational Technical Specialists’ professional qualification 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 professional qualification for Fire Service Analysts and Informational Technical Specialists? 
  2. Please state your reason(s) for supporting or opposing the proposed Fire Service Analysts and Informational Technical Specialists standards development.

Please submit comments in support or opposition to standards development on professional qualification for Fire Service Analysts and Informational Technical Specialists by March 15, 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*.

 

Fuel Gases Detection

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 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*.
  


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

Fire Investigation Units

The Council voted to approve the proposed scope of the Technical Committee on Fire Investigation Units as follows:  

APPROVED SCOPE:  This Committee shall have primary responsibility for standards relating to the development and composition of Fire Investigation Units (FIU). This committee does not have responsibility for the development of standards relating to fire investigation techniques, methodologies, or fire investigator professional qualifications.

The Council voted to approve the roster of the Technical Committee for Fire Investigation Units.  The Council also voted to approve interest classification clarifications for the Technical Committee on Fire Investigation Units with an editorial correction to Consumer additional clarification as follows: 

Additional Clarification: Any entity engaged in the practice of reviewing FIUs against the standard (both public and private). 

Fire Service Support Personnel Professional Qualifications

The Council considered the  request of David Finger of National Volunteer Fire Council to develop a standard to identify the minimum job requirements for personnel engaged in certain roles that support fire service organizations, but who are not engaged in traditional firefighting activities.  

After a review of all information provided, the Council voted to take no action at this time and directed NFPA Staff to determine if this proposed project would be a good fit for the Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications Committee as a new document or include these job requirements within NFPA 1001.  Staff is to report back to the Council in April.

Remote Inspections

At its August 2018 meeting, the Council voted to approve the formation of a new committee to establish requirements for performance and use of remote inspection methodologies, systems and components for code compliance and directed the NFPA Staff to report back to the Council with a proposed scope for this committee. 

After a review of the proposed technical committee scope, the Council voted to approve the scope as follows: 

APPROVED SCOPE:  This Committee shall be responsible for establishing requirements for the performance and use of remote methodologies, systems and components (including digital video, digital images, digital audio, among others) whether live or submitted as an electronic file for subsequent review to conduct remote inspections of buildings, structures, systems (e.g. electrical, HVAC, fire protection, etc.) and premises including underground spaces and aerial areas.  Requirements for collection, custody and maintenance of the data available from remote inspections shall also be the responsibility of this Technical Committee.

The Council further directed that a call for members interested in serving on the new technical committee on remote inspections be published.  Staff will return to the Council, in April, with a proposed start-up roster.   If interested in participating in standards development regarding remote inspections as a technical committee member, please submit an application by February 27, 2019.  Submit online application

Spaceports

The Council considered the request of Jason Scott of NASA to develop a standard to establish guidance on the construction and operation of facilities used to house, maintain, and deploy rockets (solid and liquid), spaceplanes, and other similar vehicles.  After a review of all information provided, the Council voted to approve the development of the new technical committee and directed that a call for members interested in serving be published.  Staff will return to the Council, in April, with a proposed start-up roster and a scope for the committee.  If interested in participating in standards development regarding spaceports as a technical committee member, please submit an application by February 27, 2019.  Submit online application

 


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.