NFPA 120: Standard for Fire Prevention and Control in Coal Mines

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2010 NFPA 120
Prior Years Prior Editions of NFPA 120

Mitigate fire and explosions dangers in coal mines with the updated provisions in the 2010 NFPA 120.

NFPA 120: Standard for Fire Prevention and Control in Coal Mines provides requirements to safeguard lives and property from fire and explosion in underground bituminous coal mines, coal preparation plants that prepare coal for shipment, surface buildings and facilities associated with coal mining and preparation, and surface coal and lignite mines.

Changes in the 2010 edition include:

  • New requirements for managing the spontaneous combustion potential of the coal being mined, including adding an inspection plan for carbon monoxide detection systems.
  • References to the inspection and maintenance practices of fire suppression systems in applicable standards, including NFPA 11, NFPA 13, NFPA 14, NFPA 17, and NFPA 25.
  • Improved fire protection for transformers by referencing NFPA 70®: National Electrical Code®, and adding a reference to NFPA 850: Recommended Practice for Fire Protection for Electric Generating Plants and High Voltage Direct Current Converter Stations as Annex material.
  • Revisions to make the Standard consistent with fire protection industry practices and the updated provisions in the 2010 NFPA 122: Fire Prevention and Control in Metal/Nonmetal Mining and Metal Mineral Processing Facilities.

Coal mines have unique fire prevention and fire protection issues. Maximize safety for people and property by applying the industry's latest criteria as presented in the 2010 NFPA 120. (Softbound, 50 pp., 2010)

NFPA® 120 Standard for Fire Prevention and Control in Coal Mines 2010 Edition

Chapter 1 Administration
1.1 Scope
1.2 Purpose
1.3 Application
1.4 Retroactivity
1.5 Equivalency
Chapter 2 Referenced Publications
2.1 General
2.2 NFPA Publications
2.3 Other Publications
2.4 References for Extracts in Mandatory Sections
Chapter 3 Definitions
3.1 General
3.2 NFPA Official Definitions
3.3 General Definitions
Chapter 4 Underground Mining Operations
4.1 General
4.2 Fire Prevention
4.3 Fire Protection
Chapter 5 Surface Mining Operations
5.1 General
5.2 Fire Prevention
5.3 Fire Protection
Chapter 6 Coal Processing
6.1 General
6.2 Fire and Explosion Prevention
6.3 Preparation Plants and Crusher Buildings
6.4 Dryers
6.5 Conveyors
6.6 Mobile Equipment
Chapter 7 Storage and Use of Compressed Gases and Flammable and Combustible Liquids
7.1 Compressed Gas Storage and Usage - Cutting and Welding
7.2 Liquid Propane Storage and Use
7.3 Flammable and Combustible Liquid Storage Tanks on the Surface
7.4 Flammable and Combustible Liquid Storage on Surface Equipment and in Buildings
7.5 Flammable Liquids Stored and Used Underground
7.6 Combustible Liquids Stored and Used Underground
Chapter 8 Mine Surface Buildings
8.1 Construction
8.2 Fire Prevention
8.3 Life Safety
8.4 Flammable and Combustible Liquids
8.5 Compressed Gas Storage and Usage
8.6 Fire Detection and Protection
Chapter 9 Coal Conveyance and Storage
9.1 Conveyors - General
9.2 Overland Conveyors
9.3 Below-Grade Reclaim Conveyors
9.4 Underground Conveyors
9.5 Coal Storage - General
Chapter 10 Truck, Rail, and Barge Loadouts
10.1 Construction
10.2 Fire Prevention
10.3 Life Safety
10.4 Fire Detection and Protection
10.5 Manual Fire Fighting
Chapter 11 Emergency Response, Manual Fire Fighting, and Training
11.1 Emergency Procedures
11.2 Underground Operations
11.3 Surface Operations
Annex A Explanatory Material
Annex B Informational References