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International Fire Code 2018 (IFC 2018)

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Dry cleaning plants and their operations shall comply with the requirements of this chapter.
Permits shall be required as set forth in Section 107.2.

The following terms are defined in Chapter 2:

Dry cleaning solvents shall be classified according to their flash points as follows:

  1. Class I solvents are liquids having a flash point below 100°F (38°C).
  2. Class II solvents are liquids having a flash point at or above 100°F (38°C) and below 140°F (60°C).
  3. Class IIIA solvents are liquids having a flash point at or above 140°F (60°C) and below 200°F (93°C).
  4. Class IIIB solvents are liquids having a flash point at or above 200°F (93°C).
  5. Class IV solvents are liquids classified as nonflammable.

Dry cleaning plants and systems shall be classified based on the solvents used as follows:

  1. Type Isystems using Class I solvents.
  2. Type IIsystems using Class II solvents.
  3. Type III-A—systems using Class IIIA solvents.
  4. Type III-B—systems using Class IIIB solvents.
  5. Type IV—systems using Class IV solvents in which dry cleaning is not conducted by the public.
  6. Type V—systems using Class IV solvents in which dry cleaning is conducted by the public.

Spotting and pretreating operations conducted in accordance with Section 2106 shall not change the type of the dry cleaning plant.

Dry cleaning plants using more than one class of solvent for dry cleaning shall be classified based on the numerically lowest solvent class.
The occupancy classification, design and construction of dry cleaning plants shall be maintained in accordance with the applicable building code.
Type I dry cleaning plants shall be prohibited. Limited quantities of Class I solvents stored and used in accordance with this section shall not be prohibited in dry cleaning plants.
Building services and systems shall be designed, installed and maintained in accordance with this section and Chapter 6.
Ventilation shall be operated and maintained. Ventilation systems provided shall remain in accordance with the applicable building code.
In Type II dry cleaning plants, heating shall be by indirect means using steam, hot water or hot oil only.
Electrical wiring and equipment in dry cleaning rooms or other locations subject to flammable vapors shall be maintained in accordance with the applicable provisions of NFPA 70 and Chapter 6. Where provided, such systems and equipment shall comply with the applicable building code.
Storage tanks, treatment tanks, filters, pumps, piping, ducts, dry cleaning units, stills, tumblers, drying cabinets and other such equipment, where not inherently electrically conductive, shall be bonded together and grounded. Isolated equipment shall be grounded.
The operation of dry cleaning systems shall comply with the requirements of Sections 2105.1.1 through 2105.3.
Written instructions covering the proper installation and safe operation and use of equipment and solvent shall be given to the buyer.
In Type II, III-A, III-B and IV dry cleaning systems, machines shall be operated in accordance with the operating instructions furnished by the machinery manufacturer. Employees shall be instructed as to the hazards involved in their departments and in the work they perform.
Operating instructions for customer use of Type V dry cleaning systems shall be conspicuously posted in a location near the dry cleaning unit. A telephone number shall be provided for emergency assistance.
The manufacturer shall provide nameplates on dry cleaning machines indicating the class of solvent for which each machine is designed.
Dry cleaning by immersion and agitation in open vessels shall be prohibited.
The use of solvents with a flash point below that for which a machine is designed or listed shall be prohibited.
Proper maintenance and operating practices shall be observed in order to prevent the leakage of solvent or the accumulation of lint. The handling of waste material generated by dry cleaning operations and the maintenance of facilities shall comply with the provisions of this section.
Class I and II liquids shall not be used for cleaning floors.
Filter residue and other residues containing solvent shall be handled and disposed of in covered metal containers.
Lint and refuse shall be removed from traps daily, deposited in approved waste cans, removed from the premises, and disposed of safely. At all other times, traps shall be held securely in place.
In Type V dry cleaning systems, customer areas shall be kept clean.
Special operating requirements for Type II dry cleaning systems shall comply with the provisions of Sections 2105.2.1 through 2105.2.3.
Materials to be dry cleaned shall be searched thoroughly and foreign materials, including matches and metallic substances, shall be removed.
In removing materials from the washer, provisions shall be made for minimizing the dripping of solvent on the floor. Where materials are transferred from a washer to a drain tub, a nonferrous metal drip apron shall be placed so that the apron rests on the drain tub and the cylinder of the washer.
Ventilation shall be operated and maintained. Ventilation systems provided shall remain in accordance with the applicable building code.
Types IV and V dry cleaning systems shall be maintained in accordance with the applicable building code.
Spotting and pretreating operations and equipment shall comply with the provisions of Sections 2106.2 through 2106.5.
The maximum quantity of Class I solvents permitted at any work station shall be 1 gallon (4 L). Spotting or prespotting shall be permitted to be conducted with Class I solvents where they are stored in and dispensed from approved safety cans or in sealed DOT-approved metal shipping containers of not more than 1-gallon (4 L) capacity.
Spotting and prespotting shall be permitted to be conducted with Class I solvents where dispensed from plastic containers of not more than 1 pint (0.5 L) capacity.
Scouring, brushing, and spotting and pretreating shall be permitted to be conducted with Class II or III solvents. The maximum quantity of Class II or III solvents permitted at any work station shall be 1 gallon (4 L). In other than Group H-2 occupancy, the aggregate quantities of solvents shall not exceed the maximum allowable quantity per control area for use-open system in accordance with the applicable building code.
Scouring, brushing or spotting tables on which articles are soaked in solvent shall have a liquid-tight top with a curb on all sides not less than 1 inch (25 mm) high. The top of the table shall be pitched to ensure thorough draining to a 11/2-inch (38 mm) drain connected to an approved container.

Where approved, articles that cannot be washed in the usual washing machines are allowed to be cleaned in scrubbing tubs. Scrubbing tubs shall comply with the following:

  1. Only Class II or III liquids shall be used.
  2. The total amount of solvent used in such open containers shall not exceed 3 gallons (11 L).
  3. Scrubbing tubs shall be secured to the floor.
  4. Scrubbing tubs shall be provided with permanent 11/2-inch (38 mm) drains. Such drain shall be provided with a trap and shall be connected to an approved container.
Scrubbing tubs, scouring, brushing or spotting operations shall be located such that solvent vapors are captured and exhausted by the ventilating system.
Metal scouring, brushing and spotting tables and scrubbing tubs shall be permanently and effectively bonded and grounded.
Flammable and combustible liquids used for spotting operations shall be stored in approved safety cans or in sealed DOTn-approved shipping containers of not more than 1 gallon (4 L) in capacity. Aggregate amounts shall not exceed 10 gallons (38 L).
Spotting operations using flammable or combustible liquids are prohibited in Type V dry cleaning systems.
Dry cleaning systems, including dry cleaning units, washing machines, stills, drying cabinets, tumblers and their appurtenances, including pumps, piping, valves, filters and solvent coolers, shall be maintained in accordance with NFPA 32.

Unless otherwise approved by the applicable building code, Type II dry cleaning and solvent tank storage rooms shall not be operated below grade or above the lowest floor level of the building and shall be maintained in accordance with Sections 2107.2.1 through 2107.2.3.

Exception: Solvent storage tanks installed underground, in vaults, or in special enclosures in accordance with Chapter 57.

Where required by the applicable building code, access shall be maintained from one side of Type II dry cleaning rooms for firefighting and fire control purposes in accordance with Section 503.
The number and means of egress for Type II dry cleaning rooms shall be maintained in accordance with the applicable building code.
Curbs, drains or other provisions for spill control and secondary containment shall be maintained in accordance with Section 5004.2 to collect solvent leakage and fire protection water as approved in accordance with the applicable building code.

Solvent storage tanks for Classes II, IIIA and IIIB liquids shall be maintained in accordance with Chapter 57 and as approved in accordance with the applicable building code.

Exception: As provided in applicable provisions of NFPA 32 for inside storage or treatment tanks.

Fire protection systems, devices, and equipment shall be inspected, tested, and maintained in accordance with Chapter 9.
Automatic sprinkler systems required or provided for dry cleaning plants containing Type II, III-A, or III-B dry cleaning systems shall be maintained in accordance with Chapter 9. Where special conditions were required by the applicable building code, in order to not install an automatic sprinkler system, those conditions shall be maintained.
Portable fire extinguishers shall be selected, installed and maintained in accordance with this section and Section 906. Not fewer than two 2-A:10-B:C portable fire extinguishers shall be provided near the doors inside dry cleaning rooms containing Type II, Type III-A and Type III-B dry cleaning systems.
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