We are guided by two consensus products developed by the National Fire Protection Association that, in many US jurisdictions, sets the standard of care (by statute) for academic art, design and fashion studio fire safety.
For this occupancy class — common in most education facilities — our interest is focused on Chapter 43: Spraying, Dipping and Coating Using Flammable or Combustible Material of NFPA 1: Fire Code. As a “code” the public has free access to the current 2018 NFPA , and Chapter 43 at the link below:
Note that the NFPA 1 is deep into its 2021 revision cycle and major changes to the way the committee conducts its business.
Owing to the fairly brisk movement in chemical, environmental air management and electro-technologies we find that Chapter 43 is one of the “livelier” chapters of NFPA 1. You get a sense of the back-and-forth among the technical committee members starting on Page 477 of the transcript linked below:
Our interest lies in fire safety provisions for educational occupancies with activity involving paint, chemicals used with paint (art studios) and Class III combustible materials (garment design & prototyping). NFPA also has another consensus product — NFPA 33 Standard for Spray Application Using Flammable or Combustible Materials — which provides more detail for instructional and facility maintenance operations activity.
Finally, the International Code Council develops a competitor consensus product — Fire Code — which also provides fire safety standards for art, design and fashion studio safety.
As Standards Michigan has been doing since 1993 we encourage direct participation by education industry user-interests in the NFPA consensus product development: CLICK HERE
We maintain all three consensus products cited in this post on the standing agenda of our Fire Safety and I-Codes teleconferences. See our CALENDAR for the next online meeting; open to everyone.
Issue: [10-31] [16-64]
Category: Fire Safety
Colleagues: Mike Anthony, Josh Evolve, Marcelo Hirschler