2021 NFPA 30 Code - Current Edition
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  • Description

    Keep pace with the latest in ignitible liquid practices and requirements with the extensively revised and restructured NFPA 30, 2021 edition.

    There are significant dangers to life and property associated with storing, handling, and using ignitible liquids. NFPA 30, Flammable and Combustible Liquids Code, offers comprehensive requirements for safeguarding against related fire and explosion hazards. Content covers vital safety criteria for indoor and outdoor liquid storage containers and tanks, hazardous material storage lockers, tank vehicles, piping systems, electrical systems, storage areas, wharves, and processing facilities.

    From dispensing, handling, transferring, and the utilization of ignitible liquids to operations, equipment, and fire prevention and risk control, NFPA 30 is a must-have for anyone responsible for flammable and combustible liquids compliance.

    The 2021 edition offers cutting-edge provisions and best practices for improved safety around flammable and combustible liquids.

    Enforceable under OSHA and many state and local regulations, NFPA 30 is the most current and complete publication for general requirements for storage of ignitible liquids in a broad range of occupancies and operations.

    Revisions and additions to the code are dictated by industry experience and advancements in technology and include:

    • Sweeping changes in the classification scheme for liquids, including the introduction of the term ignitible liquid to initiate a transition whereby the terms flammable liquid and combustible liquid are no longer used. This causes the requirements in NFPA 30 and other codes and standards to adopt a scheme based exclusively on the liquid physical state and property (i.e., the liquid flash point), for all liquids that can be ignited. The necessity for this change stems from the existence of multiple regulatory systems that use the terms flammable liquid and combustible liquid inconsistently, leading to confusion in how to apply regulations properly among overlapping regulatory authorities, such as fire officials, occupational safety officials, and transportation officials.
    • The term ignitible liquid is now used to include all liquids with a measurable flash point. The terms flammable liquid and combustible liquid have been retained in a diminished capacity to assist existing code users in the transition. Unless otherwise specified, the term liquid means ignitible liquid.
    • As a result of the change in approach for classifying liquids, Chapter 4 is no longer for defining the liquid classification but instead for establishing the classification scheme based on the introduced flash point and boiling point criteria. Chapter 3 now defines specific liquids.
    • Revisions to Chapters 1, 3, and 4 to make the requirements consistent with each other in terms of the scope of the code, specific terminology, and the evaluation of liquids within the classification scheme
    • Implementation of the new classification scheme outlined in Chapter 4 throughout the code and annexes

    Make sure you have the latest information for better protecting the public from ignitible liquid hazards.

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  • How the NFPA Handbooks Differ from Codes and Standards

    THE NFPA HANDBOOKS DIFFER FROM CODES AND STANDARDS

    Ever wonder what the difference is between an NFPA® handbook and a code or standard? We’re glad you asked.

    NFPA codes and standards both provide requirements for achieving outcomes. Handbooks take a deeper dive, providing the full text of a code or standard as well as expert commentary and features such as graphics, decision trees, testing procedures, case studies, sample forms and checklists, and other helpful aids to give a better understanding of the reasoning behind the requirements and how to apply them.

    JUST REMEMBER:

    • A code or standard is a framework—a set of rules to follow with a goal to achieve a certain result
    • A handbook is a connector—linking requirements to application by helping you understand the reasoning behind a code or standard

    The simplest way to think about it is that codes and standards list the technical requirements while handbooks explain those requirements to clarify how to apply them.

  • 2018 Edition Description

    Apply the 2018 edition of NFPA 30 for better protection around flammable and combustible liquids.

    Enforceable under OSHA and many state and local regulations, NFPA 30, Flammable and Combustible Liquids Code is the best practice widely used in industry and by insurers. The 2018 edition of the Code includes the latest and most complete criteria you need to protect your facility by ensuring safe storage, handling, and use of flammable and combustible liquids.

    Significant revisions give Code users a clearer source of support. The 2018 edition of NFPA 30 presents:

    • Added definitions that reflect terms used in today's field
    • Revisions recognizing nonmetallic intermediate bulk containers that can satisfy the fire exposure test protocols of Paragraph 9.4.1.1
    • New specific references in Subsection 9.4 to UL 2368, Standard for Fire Exposure Testing of Intermediate Bulk Containers for Flammable and Combustible Liquids; FM Class 6020, Approval Standard for Intermediate Bulk Containers; UL 1275, Standard for Flammable Liquid Storage Cabinets; and FM Class 6050, Approval Standard for Storage Cabinets (Flammable and Combustible Liquids
    • Completely revised requirements for General Purpose Warehouses to only allow specific liquid/container combinations to be stored in such facilities
    • New alternative means to calculate the water demand for the most hydraulically remote in-rack sprinklers in both Scheme "A", "B", and "C" designs
    • A new requirement that nonmetallic cooking oil tanks be listed in accordance with UL 2152, Outline of Investigation for Special Purpose Nonmetallic Containers and Tanks for Specific Combustible or Noncombustible Liquids
    • Numerous other changes that clarify the Code's intent and reduce conflicts or confusion

    Get the criteria you need to design your facilities to comply with sprinkler requirements and use safe operating practices.

    Update to the 2018 edition of NFPA 30 now. (Print, 164 pp., 2018)

     

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  • 2015 and Prior Editions

    2015 Edition

    For safety around flammable and combustible liquids, using the latest NFPA 30 is the first priority.

    Enforceable under OSHA and many state and local regulations, NFPA 30: Flammable and Combustible Liquids Code is the best practice widely used in industry and by insurers. The 2015 edition of the Code includes the latest and most complete criteria you need to protect your facility by ensuring safe storage, handling, and use of flammable and combustible liquids.

    Changes respond to recommendations from the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) and proposals from the field:

    • New storage height restrictions in Chapter 10 address unprotected storage in unprotected mercantile occupancies.
    • Numerous amendments to Chapter 16 to correlate with NFPA 13: Installation of Sprinkler System rules concerning warehouse storage. The 2015 edition of NFPA 30 gives sprinkler system designers a better grasp of requirements and assists Code officials with plans review.
    • Revised Table 17.4.3 in Chapter 17. Increased mandatory separation distances for process vessels based on CSB recommendations.
    • New coverage in Section 18.4 includes first-time requirements for manual pressure-operated drum pumps.
    • New Section 19.7 governs the installation of bulk cooking oil storage and dispensing systems used in restaurants and prepared food manufacturing facilities.
    • Change to Subsection 22.11.4 sets a 50,000 gal. maximum capacity for all secondary containment-type storage tanks for all Class I, Class II, and Class IIIA liquids.
    • Changes to Chapter 27: Piping Systems revise requirements for low-melting materials based on CSB recommendations.

    Get the criteria you need to design your facilities for better protection, comply with sprinkler requirements, and use safe operating practices.

    Update to the 2015 NFPA 30 now. (Softbound, 154 pp., 2015)

     

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