New projects and draft documents

Submit a request for a new 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.

New projects

The NFPA Standards Council has received the following five new project requests and is currently soliciting comments (see specific deadlines below):

  • Contamination Control of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Accessories, and Equipment
    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 the minimum requirements for the effective contamination control of personal protective equipment (PPE), accessories, and equipment.  Specifically, it is anticipated that contamination control will consist of removing products of combustion, carcinogens, chemical toxicants and ultrafine particles which have the potential to result in harm either immediately or over sustained exposures and time.  If standards development is approved by the Standards Council, the standard may additionally call for effective contamination control of other foreign matter residue. 

    NFPA is currently soliciting comments to gauge whether support exists for standards development addressing effective contamination control of PPE, accessories, and equipment.  NFPA specifically seeks input on the following:

    1. Are you, or your organization, in favor of the development of a new standard establishing protocol and practices for effective contamination control of PPE, accessories, and equipment?   

    OR

    Are you in favor of existing standard NFPA 1581, Standard on Fire Department Infection Control Program, being expanded to include requirements for contamination control of PPE, accessories, and equipment?

    2. Please state your reason(s) for supporting or opposing such standards development.

    3. Are you or your organization interested in applying for membership on the Technical Committee if standards development is approved by the Standards Council?  If yes, please submit an application, in addition to your comments in support of the project, online at:  Submit online application*

    *Note:  Applications being accepted for purposes of documenting applicant interest in committee participation.  Acceptance of applications by NFPA does not guaranty or imply the Standards Council will ultimately approve standards development activity on this proposed subject matter.

    Please submit all comments, in support or opposition, for effective contamination control of personal protective equipment, accessories, and equipment by the deadline:

    Submit public comments
    Deadline: December 15, 2017
  • Fire Investigation Units (FIUs)
    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 addressing Fire Investigation Units (FIUs) from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), specifically the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) Fire and Explosion Investigation Subcommittee.

    The request defines an FIU as any public or private sector organizations performing fire and explosion investigations. This applies to any public agencies i.e. fire departments, law enforcement agencies involved in fire investigation, fire marshal offices, and private agencies such as consulting firms and insurance investigation units. The project as proposed will include individuals operating as part of a task force for specialized incidents, although the requester identifies that the proposed project is not intended to prescribe any requirements relating to the formation of a task force.

    If the New Project Initiation is ultimately approved by the Standards Council, a new Technical Committee may be established and charged with the development of appropriate requirements related to Fire Investigation Units (FIUs).  Activities within the scope of the Technical Committee are anticipated to focus minimum requirements for fire and explosion investigation relating to:
    • Organization; 
    • Facilities and equipment;
    • Compliance with safety procedures;
    • Training;
    • Certification and education;
    • Document retention;
    • Review and approvals of investigation reports; and
    • Processes/management systems.
NFPA is currently soliciting comments from interested organizations and individuals to gauge whether support exists for standards development addressing Fire Investigation Units (FIUs). The request comes in response to the NIST/OSAC initiative to develop and identify standards and guides that will support professional quality investigations within the forensic community, in this instance specifically on the topic of fire and explosion investigation. The requester proposes that such a project will link naturally to the existing NFPA 921 and NFPA 1033, which provide guidance on how to complete a fire or explosion investigation and the qualifications (job performance requirements) of the individual. 

NFPA specifically seeks input on the following:

1. Are you, or your organization, in favor of the development of an NFPA Standard pertaining to Fire Investigation Units (FIUs)?
2. Please state your reason(s) for supporting or opposing such standards development.
3. Are you or your organization interested in applying for membership on the Technical Committee if established by the Standards Council?  If yes, please submit an application, in addition to your comments in support of the project, online at:  Submit online application*
*Note:  Applications being accepted for purposes of documenting applicant interest in committee participation.  Acceptance of applications by NFPA does not guaranty or imply the Standards Council will ultimately approve standards development activity on this subject matter.

Please submit all comments, in support or opposition to the proposed standards development of Fire Investigation Units (FIUs) by the deadline.

Submit public comments
Deadline: October 13, 2017

  • Fire Service Support Personnel
    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 addressing Professional Qualifications for Fire Service Support Personnel.  The submitter has indicated the need for a recognized universal standard establishing professional qualifications to operate as a support member for the fire service.

    There are currently no known standards that address the role of individuals operating in the role of support member in the fire service.

    If standards development is approved, the development of appropriate documents will necessitate the establishment of a new NFPA Technical Committee comprised of technical experts from within the field, including the public and private sectors.

    Standard development based upon this request, if approved, will focus on:

    • Developing a scope for personnel supporting active fire service operations not subject to Immediate Dangerous to Life or Health (IDLH) environments;
    • Performing a Job Task Analysis related to the proposed support position; and
    • Identifying Job Performance Requirements (JPRs) to established professional qualifications for the position of support member.
NFPA is currently soliciting comments from interested organizations and individuals to gauge whether support exists for standards development addressing the scope of this project in relation to existing professional qualification documents and assigning this project to the appropriate technical committee.  NFPA specifically seeks input on the following:

1. Are you, or your organization, in favor of the development of an NFPA Standard pertaining to minimum standards for fire service support personnel?
2. Please state your reason(s) for supporting or opposing such standards development.
3. Are you, or your organization, in favor of the development of the NFPA Standard to establish Professional Qualifications for Fire Service Support Personnel
4. Are you or your organization interested in applying for membership on the Technical Committee if established by the Standards Council?  If yes, please submit an application, in addition to your comments in support of the project, online at:  Submit online application*
*Note:  Applications being accepted for purposes of documenting applicant interest in committee participation.  Acceptance of applications by NFPA does not guaranty or imply the Standards Council will ultimately approve standards development activity on this subject matter.

Please submit all comments, in support or opposition to the proposed standards development for Professional Qualifications of Fire Service Support Personnel by the deadline.

Submit public comments
Deadline: October 13, 2017

  • Fire Test for Wall Panels
    The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is considering the development of an ANSI Accredited Standard addressing the combustibility of exterior and interior wall panels. This test method would be based on the existing 16 ft. Parallel Panel Test from the FM Approvals Standard 4880, involving two facing vertical wall panels exposed to a 360 kW propane gas ignition source, representing a direct adjacent exposure. The parallel panel placement creates a re-radiation effect, representing severe exposures. The pass/fail criteria would be based on heat release rates measured under a calorimeter (1.5 MW minimum). This test would provide a cost effective solution to the other larger full-scale tests, such as the 25 to 50 ft high corner tests.
     
    NFPA is seeking comments from all interested organizations and individuals to gauge whether support exists for standards development on a new wall panel fire test. Specifically, please submit your comments to the following:

    1. Are you, or your organization, in favor of the development of an NFPA Standard pertaining to a fire test for wall panels?
    2. Please state your reason(s) for supporting or opposing such standards development.
    3. Are you, or your organization, in favor of the development of an NFPA Standard to establish a new fire test for wall panels?

    Please submit all comments, in support or opposition, to the proposed standards development of fire test for wall panels by the deadline.

    Submit public comments
    Deadline: October 13, 2017

  • Remote Inspections of Existing Buildings, Buildings under Construction, and Building Systems for Code Compliance
    On the heels of a white paper written and presented by the Building Code Development Committee and a recent article in the NFPA Journal, 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 protocols and practices for the use of remote inspections of existing buildings, buildings under construction, and building systems for code compliance.  Technologies for remote inspections include video, photographs, data submission, and other technologies as they become available.  The standards are envisioned to be utilized/adopted by jurisdictions seeking to increase efficiencies, cost, time and resources required for inspections while improving safety for inspectors performing inspection duties. If standards development is approved by the Standards Council, the standard may additionally call for effective contamination control of other foreign matter residue. 

    NFPA is currently soliciting comments to gauge whether support exists for standards development addressing remote inspections of existing buildings, buildings under construction, and building systems. NFPA specifically seeks input on the following:

    1. Are you, or your organization, in favor of the development of a new standard establishing protocol and practices for remote inspections of existing buildings, buildings under construction, and building systems?   

    2. Please state your reason(s) for supporting or opposing such standards development.

    3. Are you or your organization interested in applying for membership on the Technical Committee if standards development is approved by the Standards Council?  If yes, please submit an application, in addition to your comments in support of the project, online at:  Submit online application*

    *Note:  Applications being accepted for purposes of documenting applicant interest in committee participation.  Acceptance of applications by NFPA does not guaranty or imply the Standards Council will ultimately approve standards development activity on this proposed subject matter.

    Please submit all comments, in support or opposition, to standards development for remote inspections as describe, by the deadline:

    Submit public comments
    Deadline: December 15, 2017

The following new project were acted on by the Standards Council at its August 2017 meeting:

  • Low Pressure Dispensing Containers (LPDC)
    At the April 2016 Standards Council Meeting, the Council approved a request to develop a project on low pressure dispensing containers (LPDC).  The Council directed that a call for members interested in serving on the new Technical Committee on Low Pressure Dispensing Containers (LPDC) be published.  The NFPA Staff has reported back to the Council that due to the lack of applying participants, interest for a new committee and stand-alone project appears limited.

    After review of all the material before them, the Council voted to defer staff’s request to cease/abandon this project until December 2017 and instructs the NFPA Staff to come back to the Council with a plan on how it is intended to incorporate this material into other NFPA documents and if those documents scopes need to be changed to accommodate this new material.

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:

  • NFPA 855, Standard for the Installation of Stationary Energy Storage Systems, 10/4/2017
  • NFPA 1700, Guide for Structural Fire Fighting, 1/4/2018
  • NFPA 2400, Standard for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) used for Public Safety Operations, 10/13/2017

The public input closing date has passed for the following proposed new NFPA Standards (First Draft Report available: 2/28/2018):

  • NFPA 1300, Standard on Community Risk Assessment and Community Risk Reduction Plan Development
  • NFPA 1877, Standard on Selection, Care, and Maintenance of Wildland Fire Fighting Clothing and Equipment