The Fire Prevention Commission has submitted a request for adoption of an emergency regulation to the Maryland Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive, and Legislative Review.  The request was received by the Committee on February 10, 2020.

Emergency Regulation DLS Control No. 20-007 

Department of State Police: Fire Prevention Commission: 

Fire Prevention Code: COMAR The purpose of this action is to correct an oversight in the Fire Prevention Code to allow the enforcement of Sections 11.2 and 11.3 of NFPA 495 Explosive Materials Code (2013 edition), a national standard adopted by reference under the Fire Prevention Code. These sections deal with ground vibration and air overpressure requirements related to blasting operations. Similar requirements were previously enforced under regulations and which were deleted from the Fire Prevention Code effective October 7, 2019, in an effort to conform to nationally recognized industry standards.  

Proposing Regulation be amended to read as follows:

Amend Subsection 65.9.1 reference to NFPA 495 as follows:

(1)  Amend Section 3.3 to add the following definition: Demolition. The explosive razing of any manmade structure or any part thereof that cannot be covered with overburden or blasting mats. 

(2) Amend Section 4.4 to add the following new Subsection: 4.4.7 Each applicant for a Demolition Class D permit shall possess 5 years of experience in the field of demolition and shall pass the demolition examination as approved by the Office of the State Fire Marshal.