The use of Composite Intermediate Bulk Containers (CIBCs) for the storage and handling of combustible liquids has introduced significant fire risks into storage and handling operations. Beginning with the sentinel research work conducted by the UK Health & Safety Executive in the mid-2000s, continued research and educational efforts have resulted in improved understanding of the controls required to manage these risks.
After a brief overview of the fire risks presented by combustible liquid storage in composite IBCs, this webinar will provide an overview of the significant changes in NFPA 30 (2018) related to new requirements for using listed and labeled composite IBCs with Class II and IIIA liquids. Simple evaluation flowcharts will be shared to easily identify allowable storage configurations that are permitted by NFPA 30 for CIBC storage. Participants will:
- Understand the fire risks presented by combustible liquid storage in composite IBCs, including an overview of several large loss incidents.
- Become aware of the development and current status of fire testing standards for listing and labeling of composite IBCs, including UL 2368 and FM Approval Standard 6020
- Become aware of the impact that revisions to Section 9.4 (Acceptable Containers) of NFPA 30 (2018) will have on use of non-listed Composite IBCs in Combustible Liquid Service.
- Be able to use a simple flow chart and checklist to determine when composite IBCs may be used in conformance with NFPA 30 (2018), and in what configurations.
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