Learn how to submit a request for a new NFPA project.
The following new projects were reviewed and acted on by the Standards Council at the April 2019 meeting:
Emergency Action Planning
The Council reviewed the request of the Technical Committee (TC) on Building Fire and Life Safety Directors to start development of a document on emergency action planning. This Committee was established April, 2015 and has already developed NFPA 1082, Standard for Facilities Fire and Life Safety Director Professional Qualifications. This new document is within the Committee scope approved in 2015.
APPROVED SCOPE: This committee shall have primary responsibility for documents related to the duties, requirements, and competencies and professional qualifications required of Building Fire and Life Safety Directors. This committee shall also have primary responsibility for the establishment of minimum requirements for emergency action plans addressing all hazard emergencies within occupied structures having an occupant load of greater than 500. This committee shall not have responsibility of such qualifications, roles, responsibilities, or emergency action plans within industrial occupancies.
After review of the entire record, the Council voted to approve the request to develop a document on emergency action planning (NFPA 2800). Once the TC has developed and balloted a draft document (see Regs. 188.8.131.52), the TC may then make a request to the Council to enter into a revision cycle.
Emergency Responders Occupational Health
The Council continued discussions from the December 2018 meeting regarding initiating a comprehensive standards development approach to address all aspects of contamination control in the responder segment. Council heard a report from the Standards Council Task Group, which was formed following the December 2018 meeting to propose a plan of action for all contamination control requirements in NFPA Standards. Based upon the Task Group’s recommendations and the Council’s discussions, the Council voted to:
- Approve a new, stand-alone standard, NFPA 1580, Standard for Contamination Control which consolidates contamination control standards into a single source. Initially, the new standard is to be developed by extracting all existing contamination control requirements from across NFPA standards into the new standard, and creating new text as necessary to compete the draft standard. Once the stand-along contamination control standard is issued by Council, all other NFPA Standards with contamination control requirements will be directed to create revisions or TIAs to delete existing contamination control provisions, and replace with applicable reference(s) to the new standard or extracts from NFPA 1580.
- Form a new Technical Committee on Emergency Responders Occupational Health and publish a call for members with a potential start-up roster to be provided at the August 2019 Council meeting for consideration (assuming sufficient applications are received). While the scope for this new Committee has not been approved, the Committee is anticipated to have responsibility for standards on contamination and infection control for all emergency responders. Additionally, the new Committee shall be responsible for comprehensive occupational medical programs for emergency responders. Council is seeking members with expertise such as oncology, epidemiology, occupational medicine, etc.
- Given the expertise and scope of the new TC Emergency Responders Occupational Health (ERH-AAA), the committee shall be responsible for:
NFPA 1580, Standard for Contamination Control (new standard)
NFPA 1581, Standard on Fire Department Infection Control Program
NFPA 1582, Standard on Comprehensive Occupational Medical Program for Fire
- NFPA 1581 and NFPA 1582 are currently assigned to the Technical Committee on Fire Service Occupational Safety and Health (FSOSH). In anticipation of the new TC on Emergency Responders Occupational Health and the reassignment of NFPA 1581 and NFPA 1582, a proposed amended scope for FSOSH will be presented to Council in August for consideration and action. FSOSH will continue to work on NFPA 1581 and NFPA 1582 through the current revision cycle with the understanding that the new Technical Committee will take over at the completion of the current revision cycles of NFPA 1581 and NFPA 1582.
- Until the new Committee roster has been approved, all Technical Committees currently processing Public Input(s), Public Comment(s) or TIA(s) on Contamination Control are to continue working through the completion of the current revision cycle. Submit online application
Fire Service Analysts and Informational Technical Specialist Professional Qualifications
The Council discussed the request of Preet Bassi, Center for Public Safety Excellence, Inc., and Denis Onieal, US Fire Administration, to develop a standard on fire service analysts and informational technical specialist professional qualifications. After a review of all material submitted, the Council deferred action on this item and directed that there be a call for individuals interested in serving on the proposed committee. Specifically, the Council seeks applications from individuals across multiple disciplines, such as software developers, researchers, regulatory agencies and oversight agencies. The applications received to-date are not sufficiently diverse to establish a balanced technical committee. NFPA Staff is to report back to the Council with a committee roster and a scope for the committee. Submit online application
Fuel Gas Detectors
The Council heard an update and discussed the request from Ted Williams, American Gas Association, to develop a standard on the location and installation of residential fuel gas detectors. The Council deferred action in anticipation of work on a pertinent Research Foundation project and directed that there be an additional call for individuals interested in serving on the proposed committee. Submit online application
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.