NFPA Journal - March/April 2013 - (Page 58)

50 YEARS OF NFPA + THE MARINE INDUSTRY Vigilant Eye A tiny group of NFPA-certified marine chemists is responsible for overseeing safe work practices aboard thousands of vessels and in scores of shipyards across the United States BY LAWRENCE RUSSELL As the cost to build new ships and barges increases, for both the U.S. Navy and commercial shipping interests, the need to maintain and repair existing vessels becomes even more important. Repair work done on vessels often involves hot work, such as burning, grinding, torch cutting, welding, and other fire-producing activities. Much of that work takes place in proximity to combustible materials—fuel, cargo, wood products, insulation materials, to name a few—and is often conducted in confined or enclosed spaces where the atmosphere can be oxygen-deficient, and can often contain flammable vapor, toxic gases, or fumes. Making sure the work can be done safely is the job of NFPA-certificated marine chemists. They aren’t chemists per se, but their actions safeguard maritime and shipyard workers against a vast array of potentially harmful chemicals and their interactions. Only when a marine chemist has certified an area as safe can entry and work proceed. Both the U.S. 58 NFPA JOURNAL MARCH/APRIL 2013 online exclusives For more information on NFPA 350, Guide for Safe Confined Space Entry and Work, including how to sign up for email alerts on the document’s development and adoption process, visit Photograph: Corbis

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of NFPA Journal - March/April 2013

NFPA Journal - March/April 2013
First Word
In a Flash
Heads Up
Structural Ops
In Compliance
Electrical Safety
Wildfire Watch
Cover Story: Storage Occupancies
Fifty Years of Smoke Detection
Industrial Occupancies
Chicago 2013
Fire Analysis + Research
Section Spotlight
What’s Hot
Looking Back

NFPA Journal - March/April 2013