In 2019, new requirements for NFPA 241 were issued. These include new areas with important clarifications (source NFPA):
- Temporary heating equipment and cooking equipment continue near the top of the list for ignition sources in the construction environment. New provisions reinforce the need to secure such equipment to prevent displacement.
- A new requirement helps ensure that electrical service disconnecting means are readily accessible and clearly labeled.
- A new reference to NFPA 56 addresses cleaning and purging of fuel gas piping during both the installation and removal process of such systems.
- The requirement for guard services is now specifically mandated for a building using combustible construction that is more than 40 feet above grade.
- A new section in Chapter 11 deals with standpipe installation in tunnels under construction.
- A new chapter focuses on tall timber structures and the importance of a Fire Exposure Analysis.
- An added section allows the AHJ (Authority Having Jurisdiction) to implement portions of the standard as appropriate.
Construction or demolition contractors, insurance professionals, risk managers, fire service professionals, building owners, and building engineers reference NFPA 241 to avoid fire dangers on the job.
The 2022 edition of NFPA 241 has numerous relevant changes, such as revisions to the general requirements where it specifies that the owner must designate a person responsible for the fire prevention program. This person must ensure that the program is carried out until its completion, this person may also be replaced with personnel duly authorized by the authority with corresponding jurisdiction, the title of this person will be "Manager of the Fire Prevention Program". This person will have authority to enforce the provisions of this and other applicable fire protection standards for the specific construction. He must be a competent person with knowledge of applicable fire protection codes and standards, available fire protection systems, and fire inspection procedures. When temporary systems are used, this person should consult with the registered design professional in charge, and will also have general responsibility for safeguarding life and property from fire during construction, alteration, and demolition of the facility under his/her charge.