2012 IFC Flammable Finishes

Course Title 2012 IFC Flammable Finishes
Contact Hours3
Duration1/2 Day
Education CategoryStandard
ObjectivesUpon completion of this seminar, participants will be better able to:
    • Explain the processes and hazards of spray finishing, dip tank operations, powder coating and indoor manufacturing of reinforced thermoplastics.
    • Recognize and apply the IFC requirements for the Protection of Operations, Spray Finishing, Powder Coating and Indoor Manufacturing of Reinforced Plastics.
    • Explain and apply the requirements in IMC Chapter 3 and Section 510 for Hazardous Exhaust Systems, including materials of construction, fans, and duct clearances.
    • Explain the 2011 NEC requirements for hazardous (classified) location electrical service in Articles 500 and 516.
    • Identify common hazards associated with Flammable Finishing activities and methods for mitigating them.
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DescriptionThe Flammable Finishes Application Guide, based on the 2012 International Fire Code (IFC), was developed to assist code officials in understanding the code provisions in IFC Chapter 24. The text presents the basis for the IFC requirements for using flammable and combustible liquids and combustible dusts for painting and coating of materials. The Flammable Finishes Application Guide is intended to be used by code officials, design professionals, plans examiners and inspectors involved with any project where flammable and combustible liquids or combustible dusts are used to provide a surface finish. The text introduces the reader to the hazards of spray finishing, powder coating, rigid thermoplastics and dip tank operations. Chapter 2 explains the numerous requirements for the protection of these operations. The remaining chapters address the IFC, International Mechanical Code (IMC) and National Electrical Code (NEC) requirements for the various processes. A key element of this application guide is that it extensively addresses the requirements of the IMC. Mechanical ventilation systems for flammable finishing activities are classified as hazardous exhaust systems. This text reviews the requirements for these systems, including required supply and exhaust air rates, duct construction, and required clearances. Features:
  • Each chapter contains questions and answers to help users understand the IFC, IMC and NEC requirements
  • Key points are presented on each page to summarize the code requirements
  • Extensive use of photographs and illustrations will assist readers in understanding the technical content.
Target audience is design professionals, code officials, plans examiners and inspectors, and manufacturers who provide spray booths, spraying and powder coating equipment. Participants will be better able to have a basic understanding of the hazards and the requirements for various flammable finishing activities based on the provisions in the 2012 International Fire Code (IFC), 2012 International Mechanical Code (IMC), and the 2012 National Electrical Code.

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