NFPA 385: Standard for Tank Vehicles for Flammable and Combustible Liquids

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Avoid fires and explosions when transporting flammable and combustible liquids in tank vehicles with the 2012 NFPA 385.

NFPA 385: Standard for Tank Vehicles for Flammable and Combustible Liquids provides design and construction requirements for tank vehicles that are equivalent to U. S. Department of Transportation (DOT) specifications. Topics covered include:

  • Design and construction of tank trucks and tank trailers used to transport stable flammable and combustible liquids
  • Special requirements for tank vehicles used to transport asphalt
  • Specific requirements for delivery operator including loading and unloading

Update to the 2012 edition to keep pace with important changes that impact safety:

  • Replaced definitions of ''flammable liquid'' and ''combustible liquid'' with those extracted from source document, NFPA 30: Flammable and Combustible Liquids Code
  • Clarified that the terms ''baffle'' and ''bulkhead'' are defined for purposes of NFPA 385 only
  • New prohibition on storing flammable/combustible materials and aerosol products in a generator enclosure or auxiliary motor enclosure
  • New requirement that operator be trained in appropriate emergency and safety procedures, including: bonding and grounding; use of portable fire extinguishers; contingency plans for handling leaks and spills; and notification of proper agencies in event of an emergency
  • New requirement that wheels be chocked during liquids transfer to or from tank vehicle
  • Clarified requirements for portable extinguishers, including rating of dry chemical extinguishers and proper accessibility and mounting on the vehicle

An essential on-the-job resource for enforcing officials and tank vehicle fleet owners/operators. (Softbound, Approx. 21 pp., 2012)

NFPA® 385 Standard for Tank Vehicles for Flammable and Combustible Liquids 2012 Edition

Chapter 1 Administration
1.1 Scope
1.2 Purpose
1.3 Application. (Reserved)
1.4 Retroactivity
1.5 Equivalency
1.6 Units and Formulas
1.7 Enforcement. (Reserved)
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 Classification of Flammable and Combustible Liquids
4.1 Scope
4.2 Classification of Liquids
Chapter 5 Tank Vehicle Design
5.1 Requirements Applicable to All Tank Vehicles - General
5.2 Cargo Tanks, Piping, and Connections Designed for Transporting Flammable or Combustible Liquids at Temperatures at or Above Their Boiling Points
5.3 Cargo Tanks, Piping, and Connections Designed for Transfer of Flammable or Combustible Liquids at Temperatures Below Their Boiling Points
5.4 Emergency-Discharge Control
5.5 Testing.
5.6 Separation to Prevent Intermixing
5.7 Lighting
Chapter 6 Asphalt Tank Vehicles
6.1 General
6.2 Vents for Cargo Tanks.
6.3 Overflows and Drains.
6.4 Burners and Burner Tubes.
Chapter 7 Marking on Tank Vehicles
7.1 General.
Chapter 8 Auxiliary Equipment
8.1 Auxiliary Internal Combustion Engines
8.2 Auxiliary Electric Generators and Motors
8.3 Pumps and Hose
Chapter 9 Operation of Tank Vehicles
9.1 General Operating Conditions
9.2 Loading and Unloading of Tank Vehicles.
9.3 Fire Extinguishers
Annex A Explanatory Material
Annex B Precautions Against Ignition by Static Electricity
Annex C Informational References