Technical Meeting

The NFPA Technical Meeting, also known as "Tech Session," is an important element in the standards development process, ensuring that consensus is achieved on proposed changes to NFPA Standards prior to Standards Council review. During this meeting, supporters and opponents of certified motions voice their opinions and qualified NFPA members vote on proposed changes.

This year’s Technical Meeting is tentatively scheduled to begin at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 20, 2019, with breaks as required. We look forward to seeing you there.

Annual 2019 revision cycle

The Motions Committee Report on Standards in this cycle will be posted on the NFPA website no later than April 3, 2019. Following are the documents in the Annual 2019 revision cycle that could receive a Notice of Intent to Make a Motion (NITMAM) and be presented for action at the 2019 NFPA Technical Meeting:

  • NFPA 2, Hydrogen Technologies Code
  • NFPA 25, Standard for the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems
  • NFPA 55, Compressed Gases and Cryogenic Fluids Code
  • NFPA 58, Liquefied Petroleum Gas Code
  • NFPA 70, National Electrical Code®
  • NFPA 130, Standard for Fixed Guideway Transit and Passenger Rail Systems
  • NFPA 302, Fire Protection Standard for Pleasure and Commercial Motor Craft
  • NFPA 405, Standard for the Recurring Proficiency of Airport Fire Fighters
  • NFPA 412, Standard for Evaluating Aircraft Rescue and Fire-Fighting Foam Equipment
  • NFPA 414, Standard for Aircraft Rescue and Fire-Fighting Vehicles
  • NFPA 502, Standard for Road Tunnels, Bridges, and Other Limited Access Highways
  • NFPA 556, Guide on Methods for Evaluating Fire Hazard to Occupants of Passenger Road Vehicles
  • NFPA 557, Standard for Determination of Fire Loads for Use in Structural Fire Protection Design
  • NFPA 654, Standard for the Prevention of Fire and Dust Explosions from the Manufacturing, Processing, and Handling of Combustible Particulate Solids
  • NFPA 780, Standard for the Installation of Lightning Protection Systems
  • NFPA 820, Standard for Fire Protection in Wastewater Treatment and Collection Facilities
  • NFPA 855, Standard for the Installation of Stationary Energy Storage Systems (Custom Schedule - Motions Committee Report posting: May 13, 2019)
  • NFPA 1082, Standard for Facilities Safety Director Professional Qualifications
  • NFPA 1300, Standard on Community Risk Assessment and Community Risk Reduction Plan Development
  • NFPA 1452, Guide for Training Fire Service Personnel to Conduct Community Risk Reduction
  • NFPA 1710, Standard for the Organization and Deployment of Fire Suppression Operations, Emergency Medical Operations, and Special Operations to the Public by Career Fire Departments
  • NFPA 1720, Standard for the Organization and Deployment of Fire Suppression Operations, Emergency Medical Operations and Special Operations to the Public by Volunteer Fire Departments
  • NFPA 1877, Standard on Selection, Care, and Maintenance of Wildland Fire Fighting Clothing and Equipment
  • NFPA 1936, Standard on Powered Rescue Tools
  • NFPA 1961, Standard on Fire Hose
  • NFPA 2113, Standard on Selection, Care, Use, and Maintenance of Flame-Resistant Garments for Protection of Industrial Personnel Against Short-Duration Thermal Exposures from Fire

Fall 2018 revision cycle

The Report of the Motions Committee addresses one Fall 2018 NFPA Standard with a certified amending motion that may be presented at the NFPA Technical Meeting (Tech Session) in San Antonio, TX, on June 17-20, 2019:

  • NFPA 801, Standard for Fire Protection for Facilities Handling Radioactive Materials

This report also identifies a list of 29 standards that have been determined by the Motions Committee to be Consent Standards and shall be forwarded to the Standards Council for balloting. In accordance with 1.6.2(a) of the Regulations, a fifteen day appeal period follows the publication date of this Report in which one may file an appeal related to the issuance of the Consent Standards listed below. The filing deadline for such appeal is October 27, 2018

These Consent Standards are as follows:

  • NFPA 14, Standard for the Installation of Standpipe and Hose Systems
  • NFPA 45, Standard on Fire Protection for Laboratories Using Chemicals
  • NFPA 52, Vehicular Natural Gas Fuel Systems Code
  • NFPA 59A, Standard for the Production, Storage, and Handling of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)
  • NFPA 67, Guide on Explosion Protection for Gaseous Mixtures in Pipe Systems
  • NFPA 69, Standard on Explosion Prevention Systems
  • NFPA 70B, Recommended Practice for Electrical Equipment Maintenance
  • NFPA 82, Standard on Incinerators and Waste and Linen Handling Systems and Equipment
  • NFPA 85, Boiler and Combustion Systems Hazards Code
  • NFPA 253, Standard Method of Test for Critical Radiant Flux of Floor Covering Systems Using a Radiant Heat Energy Source
  • NFPA 262, Standard Method of Test for Flame Travel and Smoke of Wires and Cables for Use in Air-Handling Spaces
  • NFPA 265, Standard Methods of Fire Tests for Evaluating Room Fire Growth Contribution of Textile or Expanded Vinyl Wall Coverings on Full Height Panels and Walls
  • NFPA 276, Standard Method of Fire Test for Determining the Heat Release Rate of Roofing Assemblies with Combustible Above-Deck Roofing Components
  • NFPA 285, Standard Fire Test Method for Evaluation of Fire Propagation Characteristics of Exterior Non-Load-Bearing Wall Assemblies Containing Combustible Components
  • NFPA 286, Standard Methods of Fire Tests for Evaluating Contribution of Wall and Ceiling Interior Finish to Room Fire Growth
  • NFPA 350, Guide for Safe Confined Space Entry and Work
  • NFPA 402, Guide for Aircraft Rescue and Fire-Fighting Operations
  • NFPA 701, Standard Methods of Fire Tests for Flame Propagation of Textiles and Films
  • NFPA 900, Building Energy Code
  • NFPA 914, Code for Fire Protection of Historic Structures
  • NFPA 1003, Standard for Airport Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications
  • NFPA 1005, Standard for Professional Qualifications for Marine Fire Fighting for Land-Based Fire Fighters
  • NFPA 1041, Standard for Fire Service Instructor Professional Qualifications
  • NFPA 1091, Standard for Traffic Control Incident Management Professional Qualifications
  • NFPA 1402, Guide to Building Fire Service Training Centers
  • NFPA 1600®, Standard on Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuity/Continuity of Operations Programs
  • NFPA 1963, Standard for Fire Hose Connections
  • NFPA 1975, Standard on Emergency Services Work Clothing Elements
  • NFPA 2400, Standard for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) Used for Public Safety Operations

The anticipated issuance date for these Consent Standards is November 5, 2018 with an effective date of November 25, 2018.

In addition, the following four Standards had previously been designated as Consent Standards and issued by the Council.

  • NFPA 16, Standard for the Installation of Foam-Water Sprinkler and Foam-Water Spray Systems, issued May 5, 2018
  • NFPA 211, Standard for Chimneys, Fireplaces, Vents, and Solid Fuel-Burning Appliances, issued July 26, 2018
  • NFPA 551, Guide for the Evaluation of Fire Risk Assessments, issued March 15, 2018
  • NFPA 1965, Standard for Fire Hose Appliances, withdrawn on September 2, 2018

Under the NFPA rules, only Certified Amending Motions (with valid sign-in) and proper follow-up motions will be allowed for NFPA Standards processed in the Fall 2018 and Annual 2019 revision cycles. The Agenda for the meeting will be those Standards with Certified Amending Motions as indicated in the Report of the Motions Committee on Certified Amending Motions. The Report of the Motions Committee on Certified Amending Motions for the Fall 2018 revision cycle was available on October 12, 2018; and for the Annual 2019 revision cycle, the Report will be available on April 3, 2019.