Changes in the most commonly used reference for industrial oven and furnace design were among the topics presented at the Industrial Heating Equipment Association¿s 13th safety standards seminar. Held in May at the O¿Hare Marriott, Chicago, the program allows attendees to better understand the NFPA 86 Series standards, published by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Quincy, Mass.

Ray Ostrowski, an industrial safety consultant based in Cave Creek, Ariz., opened the seminar with an introduction to the standards, which are used by major insurance carriers and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Washington, as well as included in many local fire codes. Currently published as three separate publications (NFPA 86, 86C and 86D), the standards have been combined and a single publication will be released in September.

Other seminar sessions addressed oven safety, component installation and operation; loss prevention from an insurer¿s perspective; using PLC equipment; safety controls and devices; and fuel valves.

For more information or to register to attend next year¿s two-day seminar, call (513) 624-9988 or visit