NFPA 110, What Is It?

If you are a facility manager for a mission-critical facility, data center or municipality, you understand that your facility must adhere to federal guidelines. One such policy is The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 110. It is the standard for Emergency and Standby Power Systems. The regulations provide specific requirements for acceptance testing of an emergency generator. Over the years, the conditions are periodically reviewed and changed. However, the basic standards remain the same. Here are the NFPA 110 fundamentals.

Codes for Healthcare Organizations

NFPA 110 attempts to ensure a high degree of reliability for emergency backup power systems. The goal is making sure your generators perform as required. While compliance with this code is necessary for any emergency system application , the most significant NFPA 110 installation acceptance protocol references healthcare applications. Due to the nature of the business at medical facilities, the Joint Commission provides additional oversight. The Joint Commission is an independent, not-for-profit organization. It accredits and certifies over 20,000 health care organizations and programs within the United States.

Procedure for New Installation

Design engineers have many factors they must consider when designing a backup power system for a facility. Safety, maintainability, code compliance, plus budget will all play a crucial role in determining the topology. In large institutions, electrical failure could result in a significant economic and biological loss. Therefore, backup power is vital. Owners frequently desire to use their backup systems to support their emergency and legally required standby loads. Because of the requirements of NFPA 110, the design engineer must carefully consider the implications of combining the needs for the crisis, legal, and optional standby systems. He must also ensure code compliance with maintenance in mind. NFPA 110 provides requirements. However, it is not meant to be a design guide.

Challenges for Fuel Storage Tanks

Fuel storage tanks require strict adherence to NFPA 110 Guidelines. Accordingly, it requires that up to 96 hours of fuel are stored for particular seismic zones. Additionally, other requirements state that main fuel tanks carry 133 percent of the total fuel required to meet the class specifications. Hence, if you need 20,000 gallons of fuel to run a large diesel generator for 96 hours, you would actually need to store 26,600 gallons of fuel. In facilities with a large set of generators, these two guidelines result in hundreds of thousands of gallons of fuel storage! These requirements, therefore result in substantial costs, real estate restrictions, and fuel stabilization issues. Furthermore, through the NFPA 110 installation acceptance testing process, the generator must be validated to ensure there are no oversights in the design, manufacture, installation, and application.

Fuel and Tank Maintenance is Crucial

It is imperative that companies that utilize large fuel storage facilities use fuel testing and sampling services. There is a host of issues that arise when storing fuel for extended periods of time. Problems such as bacteria and fungal growth not only interfere with proper emergency power operation but result in non-compliance with NFPA 110.  Avoid these issues and safeguard the purity and quality of fuel with fuel testing and polishing services.

Fuel Testing, Sampling, and Treatment

Clean Fuels Associates is the best local resource for fuel testing and fuel sampling services. Additionally, we provide fuel polishing and purification, fuel tank cleaning, and fuel disposal, all to keep your facility compliant. As stated earlier, the NFPA 110 regulations are periodically reviewed. Is your facility up-to-date? Avoid potential disasters or fines. Contact Clean Fuels today for a complete evaluation of both your fuel and storage tanks.