Revise the Fire Prevention Code, Title 27, Chapter 4, of the
New York City Administrative Code, to achieve more comprehensive control over the storage and use of hazardous materials, such as nitric acid, that could cause a fire or explosion when inadvertently mixed with incompatible substances. Base these revisions on model fire codes such as the International Code Council International Fire Code and the National Fire Protection Association Fire Protection Code. Require that:
All hazardous materials be identified and labeled.
Hazardous materials permit applications include the submission of a management plan and inventory statement.
Material safety data sheets be accessible to the workforce.
Personnel working with hazardous materials be trained on
hazards and safe handling techniques in languages understood by the workforce.
Incompatible chemicals be adequately separated to improve
safety in manufacturing facilities.
New York City fire inspectors receive sufficient training to
meet the requisite skills and knowledge to verify code
compliance and recognize problems regarding the storage,
handling, and use of hazardous materials. Include in the
Hazard communication requirements.
Identification of hazardous materials storage and use
Safe storage and handling practices, such as the need to
separate incompatible chemicals and to limit quantities.