2016 NFPA 53 Recommended Practice - Current Edition
In purchasing digital access through a PDF or subscription service, you are purchasing a single-user license to access content only by the named account holder. Certain restrictions apply.

NFPA Members save an additional 10%.

Item #: NFPA_53
Price: $0.00
Formats Available:

  • Description

    NFPA 53 combines new requirements and real-world experience to advance safety in Oxygen-Enriched Atmospheres (OEAs).

    Developed by experts, NFPA 53: Recommended Practice on Materials, Equipment, and Systems Used in Oxygen-Enriched Atmospheres is your single source for the latest criteria for the safe use of oxygen (liquid/gaseous) and the design of systems for use in oxygen and oxygen-enriched atmospheres. Information is provided for the selection of materials, components, and design criteria that can be used safely in oxygen and OEAs.

    Extensively used by designers, engineers, and facility managers in health care, industrial, and fire service fields, NFPA 53 applies to:

    • Gas and compressed air supplies
    • Medical applications, including home oxygen systems
    • Spaceflight operations
    • Industrial processes
    • Welding applications
    • Self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA)
    • Self-contained underwater breathing apparatus (SCUBA)
    • Underwater tunneling and caisson work
    • Commercial and military aviation

    Improvements make it easier to select materials and components, and offer important lessons learned:

    • Expanded Table F.3.3.8 now includes heat of combustion and autoignition temperature data, in addition to oxygen index data, that can be used to determine the suitability of a longer list of nonmetallic materials for oxygen service.
    • Must-read new Fire Experience reports in Annex D share vital examples of fire and explosion incidents, based on recent field experience and incident reviews.

    As information about safety in OEAs continues to progress, make sure you stay up-to-date and informed. Save time while you protect lives with the 2016 edition of NFPA 53. (Print, 60 pp., 2016)


    Interested in other editions of NFPA 53? Use the drop down menu above to select the edition year you need.

  • Table of Contents (2016 Current Edition)
    NFPA<sup>®</sup>53 Recommended Practice on Materials, Equipment, and Systems Used in Oxygen-Enriched Atmospheres 2016 Edition

    NFPA® 53 Recommended Practice on Materials, Equipment, and Systems Used in Oxygen-Enriched Atmospheres, 2016 Edition

    Chapter 1 Administration
    1.1 Scope.
    1.2 Purpose.
    1.3 Application.
    1.4 Interpretations.
    Chapter 2 Referenced Publications
    2.1 General.
    2.2 NFPA Publications.
    2.3 Other Publications.
    2.4 References for Extracts in Recommendations Sections.
    Chapter 3 Definitions
    3.1 General.
    3.2 NFPA Official Definitions.
    3.3 General Definitions.
    Chapter 4 Types of Systems Used in Oxygen-Enriched Atmospheres
    4.1 General.
    Chapter 5 Materials Selection
    5.1 General.
    5.2 Nonmetals.
    5.3 Metals.
    Chapter 6 Component Selection
    6.1 Material Recommendations.
    6.2 General Design Recommendations.
    6.3 Specific Component Design Guidelines.
    6.4 Components.
    Chapter 7 System Design
    7.1 Design Considerations.
    7.2 Worst-Case Conditions.
    7.3 Fire-Stopping Techniques.
    7.4 Personnel Qualifications.
    7.5 Oxygen Transmission.
    7.6 Shutoff.
    7.7 Electrical Equipment.
    7.8 Cleaning for Oxygen Service.
    7.9 Combustibles.
    7.10 Applicable Standards.
    Chapter 8 Fire Extinguishment
    8.1 Oxygen Supply.
    8.2 Extinguishing Systems.
    8.3 Fixed Systems.
    8.4 Water Hose.
    8.5 Diluents.
    8.6 Limiting Fire Spread.
    8.7 Nontoxic Agents.
    8.8 Wetting.
    8.9 Instructions and Drills.
    Annex A Explanatory Material
    Annex B Training and Education
    Annex C Utilization of Oxygen-Enriched Atmospheres
    Annex D Fire Experience
    Annex E Fundamentals of Ignition and Combustion in Oxygen-Enriched Atmospheres
    Annex F Materials for Use in Oxygen-Enriched Atmospheres
    Annex G Informational References
  • NFPA PDF Products

    If you purchased a PDF, licensed PDFs can be accessed immediately. Instructions can be found in your order confirmation.

    Effective with the annual 2020 code cycle, NFPA® will no longer offer access to the PDF format as a choice for new editions of codes and standards, handbooks, or other reference titles. Existing PDFs will remain in-market and will still be accessible in our National Fire Codes® Subscription Service (NFCSS™). For more information about the different format options available to access essential code and standard content you need, click here.