Changes Impacting Combustible Liquid Storage Permitted in Composite Intermediate Bulk Containers

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The use of Composite Intermediate Bulk Containers (CIBCs) for the storage and handling of combustible liquids has introduced significant fire risks into storage and handling operations. Beginning with the sentinel research work conducted by the UK Health & Safety Executive in the mid-2000s, continued research and educational efforts have resulted in improved understanding of the controls required to manage these risks.

After a brief overview of the fire risks presented by combustible liquid storage in composite IBCs, this webinar will provide an overview of the significant changes in NFPA 30 (2018) related to new requirements for using listed and labeled composite IBCs with Class II and IIIA liquids. Simple evaluation flowcharts will be shared to easily identify allowable storage configurations that are permitted by NFPA 30 for CIBC storage. Participants will:

  • Understand the fire risks presented by combustible liquid storage in composite IBCs, including an overview of several large loss incidents.
  • Become aware of the development and current status of fire testing standards for listing and labeling of composite IBCs, including UL 2368 and FM Approval Standard 6020
  • Become aware of the impact that revisions to Section 9.4 (Acceptable Containers) of NFPA 30 (2018) will have on use of non-listed Composite IBCs in Combustible Liquid Service.
  • Be able to use a simple flow chart and checklist to determine when composite IBCs may be used in conformance with NFPA 30 (2018), and in what configurations.


Mike Snyder
Executive Vice President
DEKRA Process Safety (Americas)

Michael D. (Mike) Snyder is Executive Vice President for DEKRA Process Safety (Americas), an adviser in chemical process safety testing and consulting services. Snyder was previously Global Director of Safety and Loss Prevention for Dow Corning Corp., responsible for leading the company’s Occupational and Process Safety programs. He also is a retired Fire Chief and Fire Marshal from the Auburn-Williams Fire District in Michigan.

Snyder currently serves a member of the NFPA Standards Council, and also on the Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS) Advisory Board. He currently serves on NFPA Technical Committees involved with NFPA 30 (Flammable & Combustible Liquids Code) and NFPA 1720 (Staffing & Deployment of Volunteer Fire Departments).

He earned a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University and a master’s degree in Occupational Safety & Health from Columbia Southern University. He is a registered professional engineer in Michigan, a Certified Safety Professional and a Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS).


May 15, 2018
1 – 2 p.m. CT


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