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Last Updated: 2010-01-11


Permit Holder Guideline #29


CODE SECTION: (Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code) 5901.2

FEE: $ 225.00 (Check payable to the City of Richmond)

SCOPE: An operational permit is required to melt, cast, heat treat or grid more than 10 pounds (4.54 kg) of magnesium.

PERMIT EXPIRATION: ONE (1) year from date issued.

REQUIREMENTS: Permit holder agrees to abide by the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code and any special stipulations noted on permit, as well as the following:

  1. Submit floor plan (showing hazardous material areas, potential ignition sources and items/areas of concern), MSDS, description of operation and safety provisions (including emergency procedures and equipment).
  2. Indoor storage maximum 1000 cubic feet per pile with aisles width not be less than the height of piles or 4 feet, whichever is greater. Magnesium over 50 cubic feet per pile to have aisle (for fine scrap: over 50 feet wide or fire barrier) separating from combustible materials.
  3. Magnesium grinding, buffing, or wire-brushing to have approved dust safety process. Daily collect chips, turning and other fine magnesium, place in vented covered steel container and remove to an approved location.
  4. "No Smoking" signs shall be posted and enforcement of all safety procedures.
  5. Fire-extinguishing material shall be provided for every operator performing machining,grinding or other processing operation on magnesium as follows:
    1. Within 30 ft. a supply of extinguishing material in an approved container with a hand scoop or shovel for applying the material; or
    2. Within 75 ft. an approved portable fire extinguisher complying with NFPA 10
  6. Appropriate extinguishing materials, devices or systems shall be readily available within 30 feet of processing and staff trained in emergency procedures and use of extinguishers.
  7. Flammable solids shall not be stored in basements.

Also need Hazardous Materials permit if over 100 pounds of flammable solids (such as magnesium); contact us to discuss largest expected inventory of any hazardous material. A full inspection by our office is required before such permits are issued.

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Contact Information:

Fire Department
City of Richmond
201 E. Franklin St.
Richmond, VA
23219 USA
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Phone: (804)646-2500

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