Cincinnati-based Industrial Heating Equipment Association (IHEA) will hold an oven and furnace safety standards seminar on May 22-23 at the Holiday Inn Select O'Hare in Rosemont, Ill.

This year's Safety Standards Seminar will be reviewing the current edition of NFPA 86 Standard for Ovens and Furnaces. Released in September 2003, the most current revision of the standard incorporates NFPA 86C, Standard for Industrial Furnaces Using a Special Processing Atmosphere, and NFPA 86D, Standard for Industrial Furnaces Using Vacuum as an Atmosphere, into one comprehensive standard.

The seminar will highlight a number of technical changes and clarifications made in the revision, including:

  • Proof-of-closure/valve-proving systems.

  • Leak testing safety shut-off valves and leak rates.

  • Oil system requirements.

  • Interposing relays.

  • Isolation valves.

  • Contaminant control, strainers and drip legs.

  • Venting to an approved location.

  • Vent limiters.

  • Temperature limit controller requirements for indication and cautions on component failures.

  • Purging and safety ventilation.

  • Continuous vapor concentration high-limit controllers.

  • Storage systems for special atmospheres.

  • Inert purge gas requirements.

    “Attending the IHEA Safety Standards Seminar is always important to stay on top of the latest safety developments,” noted seminar chairman Ray Ostrowski. “Our speakers are closely involved with all of the revisions that have been made to NFPA 86 and this is the best place for someone to learn firsthand of the updates to the published code.”

    “IHEA's Safety Standards and Codes Committee provided numerous technical proposals for the 2003 edition and also for the upcoming 2006 edition, presently under development. The focus of many of these proposals is to bring additional clarity to the specific requirements of the NFPA 86 Standard, for the benefit of all those using the standard. The majority of recent seminar attendees reported receiving 'information useful in my job' and would 'recommend this seminar to others',” said Ted Jablkowski, IHEA's Safety Standards and Codes Committee chairman.

    The seminar includes a complete copy of NFPA 86. For a course outline and complete seminar details, visit or call (513) 231-5613.