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PRBA Begins Work on NFPA and International Fire Code Battery Storage Proposals

The Fire Code Committee at PRBA – The Rechargeable Battery Association recently convened to start working on new battery storage proposals that could be incorporated into Chapter 14 of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 855 standard and the International Fire Code (IFC).

While the primary concern among fire code officials is the storage of lithium ion batteries, the efforts now underway to develop new provisions for the IFC will likely impact all battery chemistries.

Chapter 14 of NFPA 855 (Installation of Stationary Energy Storage Systems) currently addresses the storage of used and off-specification batteries. However, the NFPAA 855 task group responsible for drafting changes to Chapter 14 is considering whether to expand its scope to cover new batteries. The work developed by this task group will serve as the basis for amending the IFC, which currently does not include specific provisions on battery storage.

Changes to Chapter 14 in NFPA 855 and the IFC will have very significant impacts on PRBA members and a broad range of industries. These include, but are not limited to, battery manufacturers and recyclers, retailers, electric vehicle manufacturers and repair facilities, testing labs, and battery distributors.

For further information, please contact George Kerchner at [email protected] or Susan Bernard at [email protected]. Both George and Susan are active in the NFPA 855 Chapter 14 task group and IFC’s Fire Code Action Committee (FCAC).

PRBA Files Three Co-Authored Proposals to Amend the UN’s Lithium Battery Transport Regulations

Amendments Include Modification of New Test Summary Requirement

In preparation for the United Nations Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods meeting scheduled for June 29 – July 8, 2020, PRBA – The Rechargeable Battery Association has filed three proposals in cooperation with several other associations to amend the lithium battery regulations found in the UN Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods Model Regulations.

The papers address the following lithium battery-related transport issues:

  • Compliance with the new Test Summary requirement
  • Elimination of a the phone number on the lithium battery mark
  • Packaging for large format lithium batteries exceeding 400 kg

The proposal on the lithium battery Test Summary was co-authored by PRBA and six other trade association participants in the UN Sub-Committee meeting whose members have been impacted by the new Test Summary requirement that took effect January 1, 2020.

All of the proposals will be posted this week to the UN’s website at