Standard for Fire Protection for Facilities Handling Radioactive Materials, 2014 Edition
Wherever radioactive materials are handled, processed, or stored, special safety measures are needed to reduce the risk of fire or explosion and the severity of contamination from a fire or explosion. NFPA 801: Standard for Fire Protection for Facilities Handling Radioactive Materials applies to all facilities that handle radioactive materials except nuclear reactors. It provides requirements and guidance on design, construction, operation, and regulation.
The most important 2014 change involves additional rules for the development of written plans for these facilities, such as:
- Requirements to update fire hazard analyses (FHA) for the facility on a periodic basis to ensure the analysis remains current
- Additional details of how and by whom FHAs must be performed
- Additional detail on requirements for Management Policies and Fire Protection Plans
- Clarification of the roles and responsibilities of Facility Fire Emergency Organizations
In addition to the above, the 2014 NFPA 801 includes a completely rewritten Chapter 7, Special Hazards in Nuclear Facilities.