2015 NFPA 45 Handbook PDF - Current Edition
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    Author: Laura Montville

    The 2015 NFPA 45 Digital Handbook is filled with commentary and color visuals explaining fire safety in new and existing laboratories.

    Understand the reasons behind NFPA 45's expanded scope and other changes intended to provide a higher level of protection for lab personnel and an easier way to ensure compliance. The NFPA 45, Standard on Fire Protection for Laboratories Using Chemicals Digital Handbook explains NFPA 45's revisions and the latest requirements for the fire safe design and operation of instructional, educational, and industrial laboratories to avoid injury to occupants.

    NFPA 45 Digital Handbook includes the full text of the Standard, explanations, and full-color imagery.

    • Gain electronic access to the complete 2015 NFPA 45 text, with the maximum allowable quantities of liquids and gases, as well as requirements for laboratory ventilating systems and chemical fume hoods.
    • Hyperlinked icons take you to expert commentary on requirements -- including the Standard's new chapter on Educational and Instructional Laboratories intended to help protect students and staff. Commentary is written by experts with an in-depth knowledge of NFPA 45.
    • Link to exclusive full-color images, tables, figures, and diagrams not in the Standard.
    • Get the big picture with a dedicated Table of Contents for sections with commentary.
    • Find new chapter introductions only in the Digital Handbook.
    • Save time with instant searches and interactive functionality.

    Changes in NFPA 45 impact specific facilities, chemicals, and safety controls. This Digital Handbook helps you comply.

    Correctly apply updated protocols for keeping laboratory personnel, equipment, and buildings safe with the essential new NFPA 45 Digital Handbook. (Digital Handbook, 79 pp., 2015)

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  • How 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.


    • 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.

  • Also in NFPA 45: Standard on Fire Protection for Laboratories Using Chemicals