NFPA 801: Standard for Fire Protection for Facilities Handling Radioactive Materials

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Update to the 2014 NFPA 801 so you're prepared to apply the latest industry safeguards to protect people, property, and work-in-progress.

Wherever radioactive materials are handled, processed, or stored, special safety measures are needed to reduce the risk of fire or explosion and the severity of contamination from a fire or explosion. NFPA 801: Standard for Fire Protection for Facilities Handling Radioactive Materials applies to all facilities that handle radioactive materials except nuclear reactors. It provides requirements and guidance on design, construction, operation, and regulation.

The most important 2014 change involves additional rules for the development of written plans for these facilities, such as:

  • Requirements to update fire hazard analyses (FHA) for the facility on a periodic basis to ensure the analysis remains current
  • Additional details of how and by whom FHAs must be performed
  • Additional detail on requirements for Management Policies and Fire Protection Plans
  • Clarification of the roles and responsibilities of Facility Fire Emergency Organizations

In addition to the above, the 2014 NFPA 801 includes a completely rewritten Chapter 7, Special Hazards in Nuclear Facilities. (Softbound, 31 pp., 2014)

NFPA® 801 Standard for Fire Protection for Facilities Handling Radioactive Materials 2014 Edition

Chapter 1 Administration
1.1 Scope
1.2 Purpose
1.3 Application
1.4 Retroactivity
1.5 Equivalency
1.6 Responsibilities
1.7 Units and Formulas
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 Fire Protection Program
4.1 Management Policy and Direction
4.2 Fire Hazards Analysis
4.3 Fire Protection Program
4.4 Testing, Inspection, and Maintenance
4.5 Impairments
4.6 Emergency Response
4.7 Facility Fire Emergency Organization
4.8 Pre-Incident Fire Plans
Chapter 5 General Facility Design
5.1 Special Considerations
5.2 Location with Respect to Other Buildings and Within Buildings
5.3 Contamination Control
5.4 Fire Area Determination
5.5 Construction
5.6 Openings in Fire Barriers
5.7 Shielding
5.8 Interior Finish
5.9 Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning
5.10 Drainage
5.11 Emergency Lighting
5.12 Lightning Protection
5.13 Electrical Systems
5.14 Storage
5.15 Plant Control, Computer, and Telecommunications Rooms
5.16 Life Safety
Chapter 6 General Fire Protection Systems and Equipment
6.1 General Considerations
6.2 Water Supply
6.3 Valve Supervision
6.4 Supply Mains and Hydrants
6.5 Standpipe and Hose Systems
6.6 Portable Fire Extinguishers
6.7 Fire Suppression Systems and Equipment
6.8 Fire Alarm Systems
Chapter 7 Facilities, Processes, and Special Hazards
7.1 General
7.2 Hospitals
7.3 Uranium Enrichment, Fuel Fabrication, and Fuel Reprocessing Facilities
7.4 Laboratories
7.5 Research and Production Reactors
7.6 Facilities Handling Waste. (Reserved)
7.7 Accelerators. (Reserved)
7.8 Process Facilities. (Reserved)
7.9 Irradiation Facilities. (Reserved)
Chapter 8 Fire Protection During Permanent Facility Shutdown and Decommissioning
8.1 Application
8.2 Fire Protection Program
8.3 Fire Hazards Analysis
8.4 Maintaining Fire Protection Capability
Annex A Explanatory Material
Annex B Fire Hazards Analysis
Annex C Sources of Radiation - The Nature of the Fire Problem
Annex D Informational References