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  • Description

    Help protect people and installations from LP-Gas hazards and perform your job with precision. The NFPA 58 LP-Gas Code Handbook is the quintessential resource for the correct application of the 2020 edition of NFPA 58, Liquefied Petroleum Gas Code.

    Adopted in all 50 states and included in the DOT US Pipeline Safety Regulations, NFPA 58, Liquefied Petroleum Gas Code, provides the complete requirements for liquefied petroleum gas installations. The newly revised NFPA 58 LP-Gas Code Handbook is the only publication for assisting LP-Gas (propane) users, installers, AHJs, inspectors, and enforcers in understanding and applying the code.

    This essential companion book is a powerful tool for mitigating LP-Gas hazards to help prevent system failures, leaks, tampering, fires, and explosions. You get expert commentary that describes the legalistic language of the code in an easy- to-use format along with answers, support, and visual aids for safer and more accurate on-the-job performance.

    The NFPA 58 LP-Gas Code Handbook is updated to reflect the most current code requirements.

    Enhance your working knowledge of NFPA 58, Liquefied Petroleum Gas Code, and get up to date with the industry changes and cutting-edge technologies addressed in the 2020 edition. Features include:

    • FAQs with answers to the most commonly asked questions of the NFPA 58 staff
    • A Look Back with descriptions and historical facts about the LP-Gas industry
    • Lessons Learned offering examples and incidents as they relate to the provisions in the code that have either altered requirements or reinforced the critical nature of following NFPA 58
    • Documented history of revisions to particular requirements listed in the code
    • Closer Look sections that reiterate and explain extremely important and complicated concepts for the correct application of the code

    New to the 2020 edition:

    • Summary of Technical Changes from 2017 to 2020
    • Marginal notes directing the user to important cross-references
    • Icons calling attention to special topics such as Fundamentals, Cylinder Operations, Installation/Maintenance, Propane Powered Vehicles, and Bulk Plant Operations

    Get the authoritative resource for addressing code-related questions and passing inspections the first time.

    Only the NFPA 58 LP-Gas Handbook includes the complete text of NFPA 58, Liquefied Petroleum Gas Code, 2020 edition, along with clear explanations and hundreds of full-color photos and illustrations for understanding the intent behind the provisions and how to apply them in the field. Place your order for the NFPA 58 LP-Gas Code Handbook today.

  • Table of Contents (2020 Current Edition)

    NFPA 58®: LP-Gas Code Handbook, 2020 Edition


    About the Editors 

    NFPA 58 Summary of Technical Changes: 2017-2020      

    NFPA 58, Liquefied Petroleum Gas Code,
    with Commentary 

    Chapter 1 Administration 

               1.1   Scope 

               1.2   Purpose (Reserved) 

               1.3   Application 

               1.4   Retroactivity 

               1.5   Equivalency 

               1.6   Units and Formulas (Reserved) 

               1.7   Enforcement 

    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 General Requirements 

               4.1   Acceptance of Equipment and Systems 

               4.2   LP-Gas Odorization 

               4.3   Notification of Installations 

               4.4   Qualification of Personnel 

               4.5   Ammonia Contamination 

               4.6   Minimum Requirements 

               4.7   Portable Fire Extinguisher 

           4.8 Fire Resistance Rating

           4.9 Noncombustible material

    Chapter 5 LP-Gas Equipment and Appliances 

               5.1   Scope 

               5.2   Containers 

               5.3   Reserved 

               5.4   Reserved 

               5.5   Reserved 

               5.6   Containers with Attached Supports 

               5.7   Reserved 

               5.8   Reserved 

               5.9   Container Appurtenances 

              5.10   Regulators and Regulator Vents 

              5.11   Piping (Including Hose), Fittings, and Valves 

              5.12   Reserved 

              5.13   Internal Valves (Reserved) 

              5.14   Valves Other Than Container Valves 

              5.15   Hydrostatic Relief Valves 

              5.16   Reserved 

              5.17   Reserved 

              5.18   Reserved 

              5.19   Reserved 

              5.20   Equipment 

              5.21   Reserved 

              5.22   Reserved 

              5.23   Appliances 

              5.24   Vaporizers, Tank Heaters, Vaporizing Burners, and Gas-Air Mixers 

              5.25   Reserved 

              5.26   Reserved 

              5.27   Vehicle Fuel Dispensers 

    Chapter 6 Installation of LP-Gas Systems

               6.1   Scope 

               6.2   Location of Containers 

               6.3   Location of Containers Not Connected for Use 

               6.4   Container Separation Distances 

               6.5   Other Container Location Requirements 

               6.6   Installation of Containers with Attached Supports 

               6.7   Location of Transfer Operations 

               6.8   Installation of Containers 

               6.9   Installation of Container Appurtenances

              6.10   Regulators 

              6.11   Piping Systems 

              6.12   Remote Shutoff Actuation 

              6.13   Internal Valves 

              6.14   Emergency Shutoff Valves 

              6.15   Hydrostatic Relief Valve Installation 

              6.16   Testing New or Modified Piping Systems 

              6.17   Leak Check for Vapor Systems 

              6.18   Installation in Areas of Heavy Snowfall 

              6.19   Corrosion Protection 

              6.20   Equipment Installation 

              6.21   Bulk Plant and Industrial Plant LP-Gas Systems 

              6.22   LP-Gas Systems in Buildings or on Building Roofs or Exterior Balconies 

              6.23   Installation of Appliances 

              6.24   Vaporizer Installation

              6.25   Ignition Source Control 

              6.26   LP-Gas Systems on Vehicles (Other Than Engine Fuel Systems) 

              6.27   Vehicle Fuel Dispenser and Dispensing Systems 

              6.28   Containers for Stationary Engines 

              6.29   Fire Protection 

              6.30   Alternative Provisions for Installation of ASME Containers 

    Chapter 7 LP-Gas Transfer 

               7.1   Scope 

               7.2   Operational Safety 

               7.3   Venting LP-Gas to Atmosphere 

               7.4   Quantity of LP-Gas in Containers 

    Chapter 8 Storage of Cylinders Awaiting Use, Resale, or Exchange 

               8.1   Scope 

               8.2   General Provisions 

               8.3   Storage Within Buildings 

               8.4   Storage Outside of Buildings

               8.5   Fire Protection and Electrical Area Classification 

               8.6   Automated Cylinder Exchange Stations 

    Chapter 9  Vehicular Transportation of LP-Gas

               9.1   Scope 

               9.2   Electrical Requirements 

               9.3   Transportation in Portable Containers 

               9.4   Transportation in Cargo Tank Vehicles 

               9.5   Trailers, Semitrailers, and Movable Fuel Storage Tenders, Including Farm Carts 

               9.6   Transportation of Stationary Containers to and from Point of Installation 

               9.7   Parking and Garaging Vehicles Used to Carry LP-Gas Cargo 

    Chapter 10 Buildings or Structures Housing LP-Gas Distribution Facilities 

              10.1   Scope 

              10.2   Separate Structures or Buildings 

              10.3   Attached Structures or Rooms Within Structures 

    Chapter 11 Engine Fuel Systems 

              11.1   Scope 

              11.2   Training 

              11.3   Containers 

              11.4   Container Appurtenances 

              11.5   Quantity of LP-Gas in Engine Fuel Containers 

              11.6   Carburetion Equipment 

              11.7   Piping, Hose, and Fittings 

              11.8   Installation of Containers and Container Appurtenances 

              11.9   Installation in Interior of Vehicles 

            11.10   Pipe and Hose Installation 

            11.11   Industrial (and Forklift) Trucks Powered by LP-Gas 

            11.12   General Provisions for Vehicles Having Engines Mounted on Them (Including Floor Maintenance Machines) 

            11.13   Engine Installation Other Than on Vehicles 

            11.14   Garaging of Vehicles 

    Chapter 12 Motor Vehicles Intended for Over-the-Road Use or Designed to Transport Passengers and Are Fueled by LP-Gas

    12.1 Scope

    12.2 Installation of Components and Systems

    12.3 ASME Containers, Materials, and Equipment

    12.4 LP-Gas Fuel Systems

    12.5 Electrical Installation

    12.6 Installation of Pipe, Tubing, and Hose

    12.7 Protection of Pipe, Tube, and Hose

    12.8 Testing of Piping, Tubing, Hose, and Fittings

    12.9 LP-Gas Liquid and Vapor Injectors

    12.10 Fuel Rails and Distribution Blocks

    12.11 Vaporizer/Regulator Systems

    12.12 Fuel Lockoffs

    12.13 Servicing, Parking, and Display of Vehicles Indoors

    12.14 Commissioning Vehicles 

    Chapter 13 Refrigerated Containers

              13.1   Construction and Design of Refrigerated Containers 

              13.2   Marking on Refrigerated LP-Gas Containers 

              13.3   Container Installation 

              13.4   Refrigerated LP-Gas Container Instruments and Controls 

              13.5   Refrigerated LP-Gas Container Impoundment 

              13.6   Inspection and Testing of Refrigerated LP-Gas Containers and Systems 

              13.7   Container Siting 

              13.8   Relief Devices 

    Chapter 14 Marine Shipping and Receiving

              14.1   Scope 

              14.2   Piers 

              14.3   Pipelines 

              14.4   Inspections Prior to Transfer 

    Chapter 15 Operations and Maintenance 

    15.1  Scope

    15.2  Operating Requirements

    15.3  Operating Requirements for Bulk

    15.4  Plants and Industrial Plants.

    15.5  Operations Requirements for Marine Shipping and Receiving

    15.6  Maintenance Manuals and Procedures

    15.7  Maintenance Procedures for Bulk Plants and Industrial Plants 

    Chapter 16 Sizing Tables 

              16.1   Sizing Pipe and Tubing 


    A    Explanatory Material

    B    Properties of LP-Gases

    C    Design, Construction, and Requalification of DOT (ICC) Cylinders 

    D    Design of ASME and API-ASME Containers

    E    Pressure Relief Devices 

    F    Liquid Volume Tables, Computations, and Graphs 

    G    Wall Thickness of Copper Tubing 

    H    Procedure for Torch Fire and Hose Stream Testing of Thermal Insulating Systems for LP-Gas Containers

    I     Container Spacing 

    J    Sample Ordinance Adopting NFPA 58 

    K    Burial and Corrosion Protection for Underground and Mounded ASME Containers 

    L    Suggested Methods of Checking for Leakage 

    M   A Suggested Container Purging Procedure 

    N    Informational References


    Important Notices and Legal Disclaimers

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  • Prior Editions

    2017 Edition

    Mitigate fuel gas hazards with answers and expert support. The 2017 edition of the LP-Gas Code Handbook is your go-to source for correct NFPA 58 application.

    Compliance with NFPA 58 is the most powerful way to help protect people and installations from a host of LP-Gas hazards. Stay on top of industry changes using the 2017 edition of the LP-Gas Code Handbook as a guide. This exclusive Handbook is loaded with information, advice, and new visuals that support your work, so you can help prevent system failures, leaks, tampering, fires, and explosions.

    The Handbook helps you solidify your grasp of Code requirements to maximize safety and job performance.

    • Clarify your understanding of NFPA 58 requirements through hundreds of full-color photos and illustrations -- including new graphics showing food truck applications, proper placement for LP-Gas container locations, and how NFPA 58 and NFPA 54 work together to help protect lives and property.
    • Avoid potential incidents through Lessons Learned.
    • Look to FAQs highlighting special areas of concern and answers to common questions about complying with NFPA 58.
    • Expand your knowledge about the history and development of NFPA 58 and the evolution of the gas industry.
    • Get details about preparing propane companies for natural disasters, cathodic protection for underground tanks, home fires involving grills, and other topics.

    Be better prepared to answer Code-related questions and pass inspections the first time:

    • Only the Handbook includes the complete updated text of NFPA 58, LP-Gas Code.
    • Authoritative commentary written by LP-Gas experts explains the intent behind provisions.
    • All-new commentary addresses LP-Gas fueled vehicles, hot air balloons, and other new coverage in NFPA 58.
    • Shading on changes in the Code from the previous edition makes it easy to identify what's new.

    Whether you're a propane installer, user, AHJ, inspector, or enforcer, the Handbook's on-demand solutions will help you work smarter and improve the safety and security of LP-Gas installations. (Hardbound, 659 pp., 2017)

    2014 Editon


    Editor: Denise Beach

    Apply rules right and avoid accidents, delays, and fines. Update to the 2014 LP-Gas Code Handbook for reliable answers to NFPA 58 questions.

    Don't let confusion or uncertainty about Code provisions compromise propane safety. Gain the knowledge to mitigate hazards and avoid costly -- and possibly deadly -- mistakes with the total on-the-job support only available in the 2014 LP-Gas Code Handbook. This exclusive up-to-date industry resource has the extra information, advice, and visuals you need to back up your work on every project and prevent LP-Gas system failures, leaks, tampering, fires, and explosions.

    Solidify your grasp of Code requirements to maximize safety and job performance. Only this essential NFPA 58 companion includes:

    • The complete text of the 2014 NFPA 58.
    • Authoritative commentary written by LP-Gas experts explains the intent behind provisions.
    • Practical insights and application advice help you implement requirements and pass inspections the first time.
    • Hundreds of full-color photos, illustrations, and graphics clarify concepts.
    • Vertical rules on the outside margins make it easy to identify changes -- just like in the Code.
    • FAQs highlight areas of concern based on input from the field.
    • Valuable supplements add to your knowledge of important topics such as preparing propane companies for natural disasters, cathodic protection for underground tanks, and home fires involving grills.

    Whether you're a propane installer, user, AHJ, inspector, or enforcer, if you use NFPA 58 the Handbook's on-demand answers and solutions will help you work smarter and improve the safety and security of LP-Gas installation. Order today! (Hardbound, 624 pp., 2014)


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