U.S., Canadian Standards Process Progresses
Steady progress continues on the effort to harmonize U.S. and Canadian RV standards with the CSA Z240 Technical Committee holding what is hoped to be the last in series of meetings dating back to March 2012 to update and synchronize CSA Z240 with NFPA 1192.
According to a press release, the meeting resulted in a unanimous vote to approve all proposed changes agreed upon during the previous meetings. CSA will now format the draft 2014 edition of CSA Z240 and then issue a 60-day public review period. There may be a need to hold one last meeting, tentatively scheduled for early September/October, to process any submitted public comments.
The harmonization plan agreed to by an ad hoc group composed of members from the CSA Z240 Technical Committee and the NFPA Technical Committee on RVs is to “synchronize” as much as possible within the two standards for the respective 2014 editions.
The current CSA Z240 code cycle schedule targets early 2014 for publication and the NFPA 1192 code cycle has the 2014 edition ready for publication in late 2013. The approach also includes identifying those requirements that cannot be synchronized and then conducting the necessary research and lobbying in order to secure desired changes for 2017.
The final goal is to “harmonize” the two documents for the 2017 editions. The vision is to have the two documents published under a single cover that will have both the CSA Z240 and the NFPA 1192 identifications.