NFPA 232: Standard for the Protection of Records

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Reduce the risk of fire damage and loss of business records by implementing the up-to-date safeguards in the 2012 NFPA 232.

Unless properly protected, valuable and often irreplaceable business records can be destroyed even in so-called ''fire-resistive'' buildings. The 2012 NFPA 232: Standard for the Protection of Records presents the latest requirements for records protection equipment and facilities and records-handling techniques that safeguard records in a variety of media forms from the hazards of fire.

Engineers, AHJs, facility managers, insurance companies, and manufacturers all need to keep pace with 2012 changes to increase records protection. Only this edition:

  • Identifies the responsible party is the owner of the facility
  • Clarifies that NFPA 232 does not address life safety
  • Coordinates of wording between the requirements and the tables
  • Clarifies the responsibilities of the risk manager
  • Allows water mist systems for protection

Order today and increase the chance that vital documents would be spared if fire strikes. (Softbound, 37 pp., 2012)

NFPA® 232 Standard for the Protection of Records 2012 Edition

Chapter 1 Administration
1.1 Scope
1.2 Purpose
1.3 Retroactivity
1.4 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 General Requirements
4.1 Required Levels of Protection
4.2 Establishment of Risk Tolerance
4.3 Responsibility of the Records Manager and Archivist or Responsible Party
4.4 Fire Risk Evaluation Factors
4.5 Exposure
4.6 Operations in Records Storage Areas
4.7 Housekeeping
4.8 Emergency Planning
4.9 Fire Suppression Systems and Signaling Equipment
4.10 Protection Against Exposure Fires
4.11 Existing Systems
Chapter 5 Building Equipment and Facilities
5.1 Heating Systems
5.2 Electrical Systems
5.3 Locking Devices
5.4 Air-Conditioning and Ventilation Systems
5.5 Lightning Protection
Chapter 6 Standard Records Vault
6.1 General
6.2 Design
6.3 Location
6.4 Size
6.5 Foundations
6.6 Floor
6.7 Walls
6.8 Independence from Building Structure
6.9 Roof
6.10 Vault Door
6.11 Electrical Service
6.12 Operating Practices
6.13 Fire Suppression and Signaling Equipment
6.14 Oversize Vault
6.15 Existing Systems
Chapter 7 Archives
7.1 General Requirements
7.2 Design
7.3 Records Storage Areas
7.4 Supporting Structure
7.5 Floor
7.6 Walls
7.7 Roof
7.8 Archive Door
7.9 Dampproofing
7.10 Electrical Service
7.11 Heating and Ventilation
7.12 Fire Protection and Signaling Equipment
7.13 Operating Practices
Chapter 8 File Rooms
8.1 General
8.2 Design
8.3 Location
8.4 Size
8.5 Supporting Structure
8.6 Floor
8.7 Walls
8.8 Roof
8.9 File Room Door
8.10 Dampproofing
8.11 Electrical Service
8.12 Heating and Ventilation
8.13 Fire Protection and Signaling Equipment
8.14 Operating Practices
Chapter 9 Records Center
9.1 General
9.2 Records Storage Areas
Chapter 10 Records Protection Equipment
10.1 General
10.2 Classification of Devices
10.3 Selection of Equipment
Annex A Explanatory Material
Annex B Fire Characteristics
Annex C Salvage of Water-Damaged Library Materials
Annex D Fire Control
Annex E Fire Control Systems
Annex F Informational References
Index