The 2020 NFPA Technical Meeting, being held in an electronic format this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, started recently and debate will run through June 19. The dedicated landing page for the Technical Meeting is nfpa.org/2020techsession.
The NFPA Board of Directors suspended the NFPA Technical Meeting Convention Rules and approved Temporary NFPA Technical Meeting Convention Rules for 2020 which will apply only for this year’s session. The meeting allows NFPA members and the public to express positions on each of the following certified amending motions (CAMs).
- NFPA 1 Fire Code
- NFPA 4 Standard for Integrated Fire Protection and Life Safety System Testing
- NFPA 30 Flammable and Combustible Liquids Code
- NFPA 99 Health Care Facilities Code
- NFPA 101® Life Safety Code®
- NFPA 790 Standard for Competency of Third-Party Field Evaluation Bodies
- NFPA 1006 Standard for Technical Rescue Personnel Professional Qualifications
- NFPA 1500™ Standard on Fire Department Occupational Safety, Health, and Wellness Program
- NFPA 1700 Guide for Structural Fire Fighting
As at all Technical Meetings, each relevant technical committee, correlating committee and authorized maker of a CAM has provided a position statement, which can be reviewed on the digital tech session site. During the Technical Meeting, NFPA Members and the public are encouraged to participate in the debate on each CAM by submitting position statements and acknowledging the name and date stamp being supported or countered. All submitted position statements will be publicly posted as the debate continues. There is no registration or fee required to participate in the electronic debate which runs through Friday, June 19; however, all participants will be prompted to use an existing NFPA profile or create a profile before submitting position statements.
NFPA members (i.e. those who have been an NFPA member since December 21, 2019) who have registered for the electronic 2020 NFPA Technical Meeting will have the opportunity to vote on all CAMs. Registration for voting ends on Wednesday, June 17. Voters will receive instructions on downloading the designated Technical Meeting app, as well as information on how to electronically vote between June 22 and June 26.
On or around June 29, NFPA will publicly post all results at nfpa.org/2020techsession. Any successful CAMs will be forwarded to the responsible committee(s) for ballot (if applicable) and in accordance with the Regulations Governing the Development of NFPA Standards.
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