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Claim equivalency for applying new technology in NFPA Burner Management Standards
Over the past several weeks, I"ve mentioned "gaps" in NFPA standards (NFPA 85, 86 and 87) regarding burner management systems.
The problem (as I see it) is that prescriptive standard committees such as NFPA are slow to adopt new (and proven) techniques and technologies. That"s the fact, and there is nothing we can do about it.....but there is a way to get around it.
All NFPA (BMS related) standards have an equivalency section (Section 1.5) that allows one to provide an equivalent (and/or superior) design that may not be accurately covered in current NFPA issues.
The problem is, that most folks don"t feel competent enough to provide the technical documentation (and arguements) to prove their design is superior.
When it comes to functional safety, the CFSE program is conidered the “gold standard” for functional safety personnel competency demonstration.
I"ll be using my CFSE credentials to provide the technical documentation against one of my pet peeve areas where the NFPA 86 standard actually limits the use of a Safety PLC over the selection of non-certified hardwired equipment.
If you"d like to see what it takes to gain CFSE status, exida is offering a free webinar tomorrow...