ADOPTS WITH AMENDMENTS:

NFPA 1, 2018

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The handling or storage of chemicals in laboratory buildings, laboratory units, and laboratory work areas whether located above or below grade shall comply with this chapter. Construction and protection of new laboratories shall also comply with NFPA 45.
Chapter 26 shall apply to laboratory buildings, laboratory units, and laboratory work areas whether located above or below grade in which chemicals, as defined in NFPA 704 with one or more of the following hazard ratings are handled or stored: health — 2, 3, or 4; flammability — 2, 3, or 4; or instability — 2, 3, or 4. (See also Section B.2 of NFPA 45.). [45:1.1.1]
Chapter 26 shall apply to all educational laboratory units and instructional laboratory units in which any quantity of chemicals, as defined in NFPA 704 with one or more of the following hazard ratings, is handled or stored: health — 2, 3, or 4: flammability — 2, 3, 4; or instability — 2, 3, 4. (See also Section B.2 of NFPA 45). [45:1.1.2]

26.1.4

ILLUSTRATION
With the exception of 26.1.3, Chapter 26 shall not apply to the following:
  1. * Laboratories for which the following conditions apply:
    1. Laboratory units that contain less than or equal to 1 gal (4 L) of flammable or combustible liquid
    2. Laboratory units that contain less than 75 scf (2.2 standard m3) of flammable gas, not including piped-in low-pressure utility gas installed in accordance with NFPA 54
  2. * Pilot plants
  3. Laboratories that handle only chemicals with a hazard rating of 0 or 1 for all of the following: health, flammability, and instability, as defined by NFPA 704
  4. Laboratories that are primarily manufacturing plants
  5. Incidental testing facilities
  6. Physical, electronic, instrument, laser, or similar laboratories that use chemicals only for incidental purposes, such as cleaning
  7. * Hazards associated with radioactive materials, as covered by NFPA 801
  8. Laboratories that work only with explosive material, as covered by NFPA 495
  9. A laboratory work area containing an explosion hazard great enough to cause property damage outside that laboratory work area or injury outside that laboratory work area requiring medical treatment beyond first aid

[45:1.1.3]

Chapter 26 contains requirements, but not all-inclusive requirements, for handling and storage of chemicals where laboratory-scale operations are conducted and shall not cover the following:
  1. The special fire protection required when handling explosive materials (See NFPA 495.)
  2. The special fire protection required when handling radioactive materials

[45:1.1.6]

Fire prevention, maintenance, and emergency action plans and procedures shall be established.
Permits, where required, shall comply with Section 1.12.
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