Laboratory Definition:Laboratory shall mean a building, room, or workplace designed and/or used for the development, conduct, or observation of scientific, including but not limited to the medical, chemical, physical, or biological disciplines, experimentation or research, including non-routine testing, analysis, experimentation, or other similar activities that involve the use or storage of hazardous materials as defined by Section 20.02 (c) of the City of Boston Fire Department Fire Prevention Code. Specifically excluded from this definition are classroom laboratories, dark rooms, autoclave rooms, pharmacies, drug stores, physician’s offices or the offices of other direct-care health providers, hospital or health care dispensaries, or other facilities providing medication directly to patients.
Clinical labs are not included in this registration ordinance.
Laboratory facilities shall register on or after January 1 but no later than April 1 of every calendar year. As long as they are located within the same building and at the same physical address, an Owner/Operator may elect to aggregate Laboratories into a Laboratory Facility for purposes of registration.
In no event may an Owner/Operator aggregate Laboratories or Laboratory Facilities that are not in the same building and at the same physical address. Each building will require a separate registration.
Laboratory Square Footage: This is the summed square footage of all laboratory units within the facility (See section 3.3.36 and Annex D of NFPA 45).
“Licenses” referred to in the 4th check box is the License for Hazardous Materials and Operations. This is the land license needed for storage and use of flammable liquids, solids, and gasses over exempt amounts (these facilities also require the annual permit). “Certificates of registration” referred to in the 4th check box is the certificate issued by the Boston Fire Department after laboratory registration is complete.
The following information must be clearly marked on architectural floor plans:
Locations of Biosafety Level 3 and 4 labs, Select Agent locations, animal holding facilities, Gamma irradiators and any locations that required implementing increased controls by the DPH Radiation Control Program;
Main chemical storage or distribution rooms;
Main chemical waste accumulation areas;
Radiation waste processing and/or main accumulation areas;
Any lasers that under normal operation are categorized as Class 3b or 4;
MRI’s or NMR’s;
Areas where inhabitants can not self-evacuate;
Main storage and/or holding areas for compressed gases or liquid nitrogen;
High voltage electrical vaults;
Or any other area(s) where entry during an emergency response would pose a significant hazard to response personnel.
L.W. Bills: 508-352-6660
Harold Roeder: 800-892-0275
Emergency Access Systems: 800-566-9269
Alloy Casting: 508-378-2541
Boston Fire Prevention Code
Boston Fire Prevention Order 86-1 (Boston Fire Prevention Code beginning on page 123)
National Fire Protection Association - NFPA (www.NFPA.org)
1. NFPA 25 Standards for Inspection, Testing and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems
2. NFPA 30 Flammable and Combustible Liquids Code
3. NFPA 45 Standard on Fire Protection for Laboratories Using Chemicals
4. NFPA 72 National Fire Alarm Code
Massachusetts Board of Fire Regulations (www.mass.gov/dfs/osfm/boards/bfpr.htm)
Boston Fire Prevention Code- Sections: 11.06 (c), 11.06(d), 11.07 (a), 14.13, 19.04 (c), 19.06 (d), 20.04 (b), 20.04 (c),
Boston Fire Prevention Order 72, Guidelines for Evacuation Planning.
Massachusetts Board of Fire Regulations 527 CMR- sections: 1.06(1), 1.06(2), 10.02(1), 10.02(2), and 10.03(1) (2) (13-a).
NFPA 45 Standard on Fire Protection for Laboratories Using Chemicals: Chapter 5- 5.4.1, Chapter 6- 6.1.1, Chapter 8-8.12.2, Chapter 11- 184.108.40.206, 11.1.6, and Chapter 13- 13.1.1.
Checks made payable to: City of Boston
1 square foot to 25,000 square feet = $500.00
25,001 square feet to 100,000 square feet = $650.00
100,001 square feet to 250,000 square feet = $750.00
250,001 square feet or more = $1000.00
No single Owner/Operator shall pay more than $5000.00 in total.
A new Comprehensive Model Fire Code (527 CMR 1.00) has been adopted by the Division of Fire Services and the State Fire Marshal's Office effective January 1, 2015 replacing the current 527 CMR.
The new code adopts, in large part, the National Fire Prevention Association’s (NFPA) Model Fire Code (NFPA-1- 2012 Edition), with Massachusetts amendments. The new code should result in an improved, more comprehensive fire safety code, using consensus standards recognized throughout the nation. This new code will replace the current 527 CMR. More information can be obtained by visiting the Department of Fire Services website.
New Ordinance Enacted in Boston
Regulating the use and sale of outdoor cooking appliances, outdoor patio and space heaters, outdoor decorative appliances, and outdoor fireplaces. On July 30, 2014 the Boston City Council amended the Boston Fire Prevention Code by passing Article XXXIII of the Boston Fire Prevention Code.
Think Safety First When Planning Your Barbecue
BFD offers tips and advice on barbecue safety.
Effective April 1, 2014 Boston has a Revised Upholstered Furniture, Molding Seating and Re-upholstered Furniture Policy
Effective April 1, 2014 the Boston Fire Department shall modify its upholstered seating regulations to more closely align with the current state regulations: 527 CMR 29, "Upholstered Furniture, Molded Seating and Re-upholstered Furniture. This change will effectively reduce the number of regulated use groups in the City of Boston.
Although this modified policy closely follows the requirements of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Regulations, there are still some notable exceptions that shall be strictly enforced. This policy is subject to modification at the discretion of the Boston Fire Marshal.
Important gas safety information for residents of Hyde Park from NStar
NSTAR Gas delivers natural gas safely and reliably to customers in the neighborhood of Hyde Park. We ask those residents especially to take a moment to review the following important gas safety information regarding pipeline operations and safety:
New Requirements for Certain Lodging and Boarding Houses
On December 5, 2012 the Boston City Council adopted MGL Chapter 148 Section 26H requiring owners of lodging and boarding houses renting to 6 or more unrelated tenants to sprinkler their properties by December 5, 2017. (Click links below for more information.)
Restricted Use of Propane (LPG) for "Hot Work"
Effective January 1, 2013
Commercial Hood and Exhaust Cleaners
December 1, 2012 new guidelines from the Boston Fire Department that can affect commercial hood and exhaust cleaners registration
Sale or Transfer of Residential Dwellings
As of August 1, 2012, realtors and sellers scheduling Certificate of Compliance inspections should be aware that under MGL Chapter 148 sec 26F residential dwellings built after 1975 or having 6 or more dwelling units are exempt from the requirements of 26F.....
Candle Usage Guidelines, Definitions and Application for Candle Usage in a Place of Assembly
Read the new Candle Guidelines that are in effect October 1, 2012. The Boston Fire Department requires that the use of candles in a Place of Assembly be permitted as defined in the attached document.