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International Fire Code 2018 (IFC 2018)

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Ripening processes where ethylene gas is introduced into a room to promote the ripening of fruits, vegetables and other crops shall comply with this chapter.

Exception: Mixtures of ethylene and one or more inert gases in concentrations that prevent the gas from reaching greater than 25 percent of the lower explosive limit (LEL) when released to the atmosphere.

Permits shall be required as set forth in Section 107.2.
Approved ethylene generators shall be operated and maintained in accordance with Section 2506 and the applicable building code.
Words and terms used in this chapter and defined in Chapter 2 shall have the meanings ascribed to them as defined therein.
Ethylene gas shall be discharged only into approved rooms or enclosures designed and constructed for this purpose.
Valves controlling discharge of ethylene shall be maintained to limit the concentration of gas in accordance with this chapter and the applicable building code.
Sources of ignition shall be controlled or protected in accordance with this section and Chapter 3.
Electrical wiring and equipment, including luminaires, shall be classified and maintained in accordance with Chapter 6, the applicable building code, and the maintenance provisions of NFPA 70.
Bonding and grounding provided for permanent containers, piping, and equipment shall be maintained in accordance with the applicable building code. Portable containers, piping, and equipment shall be bonded and grounded in accordance with Chapter 57.
Lighting shall be by approved electric lamps or luminaires only.
Heating shall be maintained in accordance with Chapter 6 and the applicable building code.
Empty boxes, cartons, pallets and other combustible waste shall be removed from ripening rooms or enclosures and disposed of at regular intervals in accordance with Chapter 3.
Ethylene generators shall be listed and labeled by an approved testing laboratory, approved, and used only in approved rooms in accordance with the ethylene generator manufacturer's instructions. The listing evaluation shall include documentation that the concentration of ethylene gas does not exceed 25 percent of the lower explosive limit (LEL).
Portable ethylene generators shall be used in rooms having a volume of not less than 1,000 cubic feet (28 m3). Rooms shall have air circulation to ensure even distribution of ethylene gas and shall be free from sparks, open flames, or other ignition sources.
Approved warning signs indicating the danger involved and necessary precautions shall be posted on all doors and entrances to the premises.
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