2020 NFPA 120 Standard - Current Edition
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    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.

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  • Table of Contents (2020 Current Edition)

    NFPA® 120 Standard for Fire Prevention and Control in Coal Mines, 2020 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.
    6.7 Spiral Concentrators.
    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.
    8.7 Water Supplies.
    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
  • Prior Editions

    2015 Edition

    Provide fire and explosion protection in coal mines with NFPA 120's updated provisions on sprinkler systems.

    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 2015 edition includes revisions concerning sprinkler systems and fire suppression equipment:

    • Completely reorganized, the sprinkler system requirements in NFPA 120 are revised for clarity, making this essential method of fire protection easier to understand, apply, and enforce.

    Coal mines have unique fire protection issues, and NFPA 120 gives engineers, installers, and enforcers vital support.

    Maximize safety for people and property by applying the industry's latest criteria as presented in the 2015 NFPA 120. (Print, 49 pp., 2015) 

    Interested in other editions of NFPA 120? Use the drop down menu above to select the edition year you need.

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