NFPA Update – December 2013

37082-firealarmEvery year around this time we get the latest news about upcoming changes in the NFPA codes related to paint booths and finishing systems from our very own Geoff Raifsnider, who proudly sits on the Technical Committee for Finishing Processes for the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

Here’s what Geoff reports is the latest news for NFPA-33, NFPA-34 and NFPA-86 codes:

It’s been a busy and productive year for GFS and standards development! logo_nfpaThe next editions of NFPA 33 Standard for Spray Application Using Flammable or Combustible Materials and NFPA 34 Standard for Dipping, Coating, and Printing Processes Using Flammable or Combustible Liquids are scheduled for 2015. 

The first draft was published and public comments have been received. These can be viewed on the NFPA website document pages.

For NFPA 33:

For NFPA 34:


The technical committee on Finishing Processes will be meeting in March of 2014 to resolve the public comments and prepare the final draft. GFS is now a member of the technical committee on Ovens and Furnaces. This committee is responsible for NFPA 86 Standard on Ovens and Furnaces. Balloting on the final draft will be complete this December and the next edition will be issued in 2014. 


GFS also submitted proposed changes to the International Fire Code and in October, at the Group B Final Action Hearing, our proposals were accepted.  These changes will be part of the 2015 Edition of the International Code Set which includes the International Fire Code and the International Mechanical Code.  We will post more about the impact of those changes when that document is released. Information on the current code development cycle for the various International Codes can be found on the ICC web site.

If you have specific questions about NFPA, ICC or spray booth fire safety, please don’t hesitate to contact us at and we’ll be happy to help in any way we can. Thanks!

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