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ADMIN! Proposed Revisions in NFPA Standards6/9
Recently, we were informed that the WMMA has put together a list of proposed revisions regarding the National Fire Protection Association standards. The Staff at WOODWEB felt this would be useful information for our visitors, and we've posted the original notice we received below, along with links to supporting documentation.
The following link points to documentation providing supplemental information regarding the combination of multiple NFPA standards.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standard 664 for woodworking facilities is currently in its revision cycle and is actively considering proposed revisions.
We greatly encourage all interested parties to obtain the Report on Proposals (ROP) and make comment on the proposed revisions under consideration. The NFPA 664 Report on Proposals will be posted on 6/25/10 according to the NFPAwebsite. It can be accessed by the following link:
A comment form from the website can be downloaded for your use. There are a number of issues under consideration that the membership may find of interest which include:
Required signage on all dust collectors (Log #19)
Requirements for access doors on ducting (Log #3)
Requirements for explosion isolation equipment on return air ducts (Log # CP13)
The latter issue may have serious economic ramifications for woodworking operations. One opinion that is shared by a number of members of the Dust Task Force is an objection to the inclusion of 220.127.116.11.5 (Log #CP13). This which would mandate explosion isolation devices on all return air ducts from an outdoor dust collector. It is felt that this will place a new and unnecessary economic burden particularly on the small woodworking operation. The need for this additional protection has not been demonstrated by any loss history study.
Another matter of importance is the possible combination of a number of diffeent standards that address different industries that face a common hazard inherent in the handling of combustible dusts. There has already been a lot of harmonizing of 664 with 654.
The general consensus among Dust Task Force members seems to be that the combination of NFPA 664 with other standards will not be in the interest of the woodworking industry because it would likely eliminate the exemption for the small wood shop as defined in 1.1.2 and the goal to provide for a facility that is reasonably protected in a cost effective mannner as stated in in 4.1 of the standard.
Another concern of combining the standards is fear that the committee that oversees the combined standard will not be balanced. It may not include adequate representation from the industry (woodworking operations) that will be forced to comply with the standards and will be directly impacted economically by the specific provision of the standard.
Comments concerning the combination of standards can be made to NFPA Standards Administration:
firstname.lastname@example.org (Attn: Roseann)
Thank you for your attention to these matters that will have a direct impact on many of our customers.
The WMMA Dust Task Force
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