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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 13. Housing
Agency 5. Department of Housing and Community Development
Chapter 51. Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code
8/3/2020

13VAC5-51-140.5. Ifc Chapter 24 Flammable Finishes.

A. The following change shall be made to Section 2401, General:

Change Section 2401.3 to read:

2401.3 Permits. Permits shall be required as set forth in Section 107.2.

B. The following changes shall be made to Section 2403, Protection of Operations:

1. Change Section 2403.2.1 to read:

(N)2403.2.1 Electrical wiring and equipment. Electrical wiring and equipment shall be maintained in accordance with the applicable building code.

2. Change Section 2403.2.1.1 to read:

(N)2403.2.1.1 Flammable vapor areas. Electrical wiring and equipment in flammable vapor areas shall be of an explosion proof type approved for use in such hazardous locations and maintained in accordance with the applicable building code.

3. Change Section 2403.2.1.2 to read:

(N)2403.2.1.2 Areas subject to deposits of residues. Flammable vapor areas or drying operations that are subject to splashing or dripping of liquids shall be specifically approved for locations containing deposits of readily ignitable residue and explosive vapors.

4. Change Section 2403.2.1.3 to read:

(N)2403.2.1.3 Areas adjacent to spray booths. Electrical wiring and equipment located outside of, but within 5 feet (1524 mm) horizontally and 3 feet (914 mm) vertically of, openings in a spray booth or a spray room shall be maintained in accordance with the applicable building code.

5. Change Section 2403.2.5 to read:

(N)2403.2.5 Grounding. The grounding of metal parts of spray booths, exhaust ducts, and piping systems conveying Class I or II liquids shall be maintained in accordance with the applicable building code

C. The following changes shall be made to Section 2404, Spray Finishing:

1. Change Section 2404.1 to read:

(N)2404.1 General. The application of flammable or combustible liquids by means of spray apparatus in continuous or intermittent processes shall be in accordance with the requirements of Sections 2403 and 2404.

2. Delete Section 2404.2.

3. Delete Section 2404.3.

4. Change Section 2404.3.1 to read:

(N)2404.3.1 Spray rooms. Spray rooms shall be maintained in accordance with the applicable building code.

5. Change Section 2404.3.1.1 to read:

(N)2404.3.1.1 Floor. Combustible floor construction in spray rooms shall be maintained in accordance with the applicable building code.

6. Change Section 2404.3.2 to read:

(N)2404.3.2 Spray booths. Spray booths shall be maintained in accordance with the applicable building code.

7. Delete Section 2404.3.2.1.

8. Change Section 2404.3.2.2 to read:

(N)2404.3.2.2 Surfaces. The interior surfaces of spray booths shall be maintained in accordance with the applicable building code.

9. Change Section 2404.3.2.3 to read:

(N)2404.3.2.3 Floor. Combustible floor construction in spray booths shall be maintained in accordance with the applicable building code.

10. Change Section 2404.3.2.4 to read:

(N)2404.3.2.4 Means of egress. Means of egress shall be maintained in accordance with the applicable building code.

11. Change Section 2404.3.2.5 to read:

(N)2404.3.2.5 Clear space. A clear space of not less than 3 feet (914 mm) shall be maintained on all sides of the spray booth. This clear space shall be kept free of any storage or combustible construction.

12. Delete Section 2404.3.2.6.

13. Change Section 2404.3.3 to read:

(N)2404.3.3 Spraying spaces. Spraying spaces shall be maintained in accordance with the applicable building code.

14. Change Section 2404.3.3.1 to read:

(N)2404.3.3.1 Floor. Combustible floor construction in spraying spaces shall be maintained in accordance with the applicable building code.

15. Change Section 2404.4 to read:

(N)2404.4 Fire protection. Automatic fire-extinguishing systems provided for spray booths shall be maintained in accordance with the applicable building code.

16. Change Section 2404.6.2.1 to read:

(N)2404.6.2.1 Glass panels. Panels for luminaires or for observation shall be maintained in accordance with the applicable building code.

17. Change Section 2404.6.2.2 to read:

(N)2404.6.2.2 Exterior luminaires. Luminaires attached to the walls or ceilings of a flammable vapor area, but outside of any classified area and separated from the flammable vapor areas by vapor-tight glass panels, shall be maintained in accordance with the applicable building code.

18. Change Section 2404.6.2.3 to read:

(N)2404.6.2.3 Integral luminaires. Luminaires that are an integral part of the walls or ceiling of a flammable vapor area are allowed to be separated from the flammable vapor area by glass panels that are an integral part of the luminaire. Such luminaires shall be maintained in accordance with the applicable building code.

19. Change Section 2404.7 to read:

(N)2404.7 Ventilation. Mechanical ventilation of flammable vapor areas shall be maintained in accordance with the applicable building code.

20. Change Section 2404.7.1 to read:

(N)2404.7.1 Operation. Where provided, mechanical ventilation shall be kept in operation at all times while spraying operations are being conducted and for a sufficient time thereafter to allow vapors from drying coated articles and finishing material residue to be exhausted.

21. Delete Section 2404.7.2.

22. Change Section 2404.7.3 to read:

(N)2404.7.3 Air velocity. The required air velocity for ventilation systems shall be maintained in accordance with the applicable building code.

23. Change Section 2404.7.3.1 to read:

(N)2404.7.3.1 Open-face or open-front spray booth. For spray application operations conducted in an open-face or open-front spray booth, the ventilation system shall be maintained in accordance with the applicable building code.

24. Change Section 2404.7.3.2 to read:

(N)2404.7.3.2 Enclosed spray booth or spray room with openings for product conveyance. For spray application operations conducted in an enclosed spray booth or spray room with openings for product conveyance, the ventilation system shall be maintained in accordance with the applicable building code.

25. Delete Section 2404.7.5.

26. Change Section 2404.7.6 to read:

(N)2404.7.6 Termination point. The termination point for exhaust ducts discharging to the atmosphere shall be maintained in accordance with the applicable building code.

27. Change Section 2404.7.7 to read:

2404.7.7 Fan motors and belts. Electric motors driving exhaust fans shall not be placed inside booths or ducts, unless approved. Fan rotating elements shall be nonferrous or nonsparking or the casing shall consist of, or be lined with, such material. Belts shall not enter the duct or booth unless the belt and pulley within the duct are tightly enclosed.

28. Change Section 2404.7.8 to read:

(N)2404.7.8 Filters. Air intake filters that are part of a wall or ceiling assembly shall be maintained.

29. Change Section 2404.7.8.1 to read:

(N)2404.7.8.1 Supports. Supports and holders for filters shall be maintained.

30. Change Section 2404.7.8.3 to read:

(N)2404.7.8.3 Maintaining air velocity. The required air velocity shall be maintained in accordance with the applicable building code.

31. Change Section 2404.7.8.4 to read:

(N)2404.7.8.4 Filter rolls. Filter rolls for spray booths shall be maintained in accordance with applicable building code.

32. Change Section 2404.7.8.7 to read:

(N)2404.7.8.7 Waterwash spray booths. Waterwash spray booths shall be maintained in accordance with the applicable building code.

33. Change Section 2404.8 to read:

(N)2404.8 Interlocks. Interlocks for spray application finishes shall be maintained in accordance with the applicable building code.

34. Delete Section 2404.8.1.

35. Change Section 2404.8.1.1 to read:

(N)2404.8.1.1 Alarm station. Where required, a manual fire alarm and emergency system shutdown station shall be maintained in accordance with the applicable building code.

36. Delete Section 2404.8.1.2.

37. Delete Section 2404.8.2.

38. Change Section 2404.9.3 to read:

(N)2404.9.3 Ventilation. Positive mechanical ventilation providing a minimum of six complete air changes per hour shall be maintained in accordance with the applicable building code.

39. Change Section 2404.9.4 to read:

(N)2404.9.4 Electrical wiring. Electrical wiring within 10 feet (3048 mm) of the floor and 20 feet (6096 mm) horizontally of the limited spraying space shall be designed for Class I, Division 2 locations in accordance with the applicable building code.

D. The following changes shall be made to Section 2405, Dipping Operations:

1. Delete Section 2405.2.

2. Delete Section 2405.3.

3. Change Section 2405.3.1 to read:

(N)2405.3.1 Overflow. Overflow piping required for dip tanks shall be maintained in accordance with the applicable building code.

4. Change Section 2405.3.2 to read:

(N)2405.3.2 Bottom drains. Bottom drains required for dip tanks shall be maintained in accordance with the applicable building code. Manual operation shall be from a safe, accessible location. Where gravity flow is not practicable, automatic pumps shall be provided.

5. Change Section 2405.4 to read:

(N)2405.4 Fire protection. Dip tank operations shall be protected in accordance with the applicable building code.

6. Change Section 2405.4.1 to read:

(N)2405.4.1 Fixed fire-extinguishing equipment. Fixed fire-extinguishing equipment required for dip tanks shall be maintained in accordance with the applicable building code.

7. Change Section 2405.4.1.1 to read:

(N)2405.4.1.1 Fire-extinguishing system. Fire-extinguishing systems provided for dip tanks maintained in accordance with the applicable building code.

8. Change Section 2405.7 to read:

(N)2405.7 Ventilation of flammable vapor areas. Ventilation provided for flammable vapor areas shall be maintained in accordance with the applicable building code.

9. Delete Section 2405.9.1.

10. Change Section 2405.9.2 to read:

(N)2405.9.2 Hoods. Hoods provided for tanks shall be maintained in accordance with the applicable building code.

11. Delete Section 2405.9.3.

12. Change Section 2405.9.4 to read:

(N)2405.9.4 Fire protection. Fire protection provided hardening and tempering tanks shall be maintained in accordance with the applicable building code.

13. Delete Section 2405.10.1.

14. Change Section 2405.11 to read:

(N)2405.11 Roll-coating operations. Roll-coating operations shall be maintained in accordance with the applicable building code.

E. The following changes shall be made to Section 2406, Powder Coating:

1. Change Section 2406.2 to read:

(N)2406.2 Location. Powder coating operations shall be conducted in enclosed powder coating rooms, enclosed powder coating facilities that are ventilated, or ventilated spray booths and in accordance with applicable building code.

2. Delete Section 2406.3.

3. Change Section 2406.4 to read:

(N)2406.4 Fire protection. Fire-extinguishing systems provided for areas used for powder coating shall be maintained in accordance with the applicable building code.

4. Delete Section 2406.4.1.

5. Change Section 2406.6.4 to read:

(N)2406.6.4 Grounding and bonding. Grounding and bonding provided for powder coating operations shall be maintained in accordance with the applicable building code.

6. Change Section 2406.7 to read:

(N)2406.7 Ventilation. Exhaust ventilation shall be maintained in accordance with the applicable building code.

F. The following changes shall be made to Section 2407, Electrostatic Apparatus:

1. Change Section 2407.2 to read:

(N)2407.2 Location and clear space. A sign stating the sparking distance shall be conspicuously posted near the assembly. The location and clear space required for electrostatic apparatus and devices shall be maintained in accordance with the applicable building code and manufacturer's instructions.

2. Delete Section 2407.3.

3. Change Section 2407.3.1 to read:

(N)2407.3.1 Barriers. Booths, fencing, railings or guards shall be in accordance with the applicable building code.

4. Change Section 2407.4 to read:

(N)2407.4 Fire protection. Fire-extinguishing systems provided for areas used for electrostatic spray finishing with fixed equipment shall be maintained in accordance with the applicable building code.

5. Change Section 2407.4.1 to read:

(N)2407.4.1 Protection for automated liquid electrostatic spray application equipment. Flame detection apparatus required for automated liquid electrostatic spray application equipment shall be maintained in accordance with the applicable building code.

6. Change Section 2407.7 to read:

(N)2407.7 Ventilation. Ventilation provided for flammable vapor areas shall be maintained in accordance with the applicable building code.

7. Change Section 2407.8 to read:

(N)2407.8 Emergency shutdown. Emergency shutdown controls shall be maintained in accordance with the applicable building code.

8. Change Section 2407.9 to read:

(N)2407.9 Ventilation interlock. Ventilation interlock required for electrostatic equipment shall be maintained in accordance with the applicable building code.

G. The following change shall be made to Section 2408, Organic Peroxides and Dual-Component Coatings:

Delete Section 2408.2.

H. The following changes shall be made to Section 2409, Indoor Manufacturing of Reinforced Plastics:

1. Change Section 2409.3 to read:

(N)2409.3 Fire protection. Automatic sprinkler systems provided for resin application areas shall be maintained in accordance with the applicable building code.

2. Change Section 2409.6 to read:

(N)2409.6 Ventilation. Mechanical ventilation shall be maintained in accordance with the applicable building code.

3. Change Section 2409.6.1 to read:

(N)2409.6.1 Local ventilation. Local ventilation shall be maintained in accordance with the applicable building code.

Statutory Authority

§ 27-97 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Volume 30, Issue 16, eff. July 14, 2014; amended, Virginia Register Volume 34, Issue 18, eff. October 16, 2018.

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