Senior editor Sharon Spielman explains how the NFPA will help you keep at least one New Year's resolution.
As a responsible manager in a manufacturing facility, there is no doubt you rang in the New Year with a promise to keep plant employees safe and simplify the process to boot. Regular readers of this column know that enforcing standards and codes is essential to plant and personnel safety at manufacturing facilities. The difficult part, of course, is keeping up with the codes.
As you no doubt are aware, NFPA 86-2003 has been published and is available. Upon hearing this news, you may have thought: “Oh, great, another standard.” Do not fret! The code for ovens and furnaces -- the standard most applicable for those who use heat during the manufacturing process -- is now much easier to understand. You may remember having to leaf through three separate standards in the past: NFPA 86 Standard for Ovens and Furnaces, NFPA 86C Standard for Industrial Furnaces Using a Special Processing Atmosphere, and NFPA 86D Standard for Industrial Furnaces Using Vacuum as an Atmosphere. NFPA 86-2003 combines all three into one overall standard that covers all areas.