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20 PalletCentral • November-December 2015 NWPCA staff and members are working to make sure your voice is heard during important meetings that affect the safety and operations of member facilities. Most recently, NWPCA served as industry experts and informational resources to committee members to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) technical committee as they considered a proposal to update their fire code. That proposal had been submitted by fire safety experts working with NWPCA. NWPCA CEO, Brent McClendon; Technical Manager, Dr. Brad Gething; fire code consultant to NWPCA, Bill Koffel; and Brambles' representatives, participated in the meeting which was NFPA's Technical Committee on Fire Code — the committee that leads the development of NFPA 1, Fire Prevention Code. NWPCA is working with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) because the organization is in the process of updating its model fire code right now and that code impacts our industry. So making our voice heard during the NFPA process is important to the development of fire safety codes enforced at member facilities. We participate in the code development process to help inform a code that suits the requirements of fire officials, protects first responders and employees and fully considers existing best practices at member facilities. The proposal received technical committee support as a "First Revisions" to NFPA 1 and represents a significant step forward. It means that the proposal we support will be published and presented to the public as the committee's intended change to the NFPA1 code. Next steps include a formal committee balloting process and then additional public comment, leading up to another committee meeting in mid-2016 to further discuss the issue. NFPA is one of two standard-setting organizations that develops fire codes that govern facilities across the United States. While the other organization, the International Code Council (ICC), develops different safety codes, there is typically overlap between the two of them. PC NFPA Fire Code Committee Meeting

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