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Interpretation Response #PI-77-0104

Below is the interpretation response detail and a list of regulations sections applicable to this response.

Interpretation Response Details

Response Publish Date:

Company Name:

Individual Name:

Location State: OK Country: US

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Response text:

Mr. Jim Barton
Williams Brothers Engineering Company
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74136

Mr. Barton said they needed an interim response by phone to their letter of February 25, 1977,
since they had to relay the information to Australia. I gave him the following guidance on each
specific question:

a)   Basis for the number of buildings for class 1 and 2 locations.  How were the numbers 10 or
less buildings for class 1 and 46 or less buildings for class 2 locations arrived at?

Answer:              This requirement was taken from the industry developed standard B31.8. we do
not know the basis for these numbers.

b)   What is the interpretation of “normal use” as used in defining class locations? What frequency
of use of a building or defined outside area by more than 20 people would require the location to
be classified3, once a day, week, month, year?

Answer:              I told him that “normal use” should be interpreted to be based on the
frequency of used of playgrounds, outdoor theaters, and recreation areas.  I read him the
interpretation in the November 1977 Advisory Bulletin. I also told him that a cemetery had been
interpreted not to require a class 3 location; while a church would require a class 3 location. I
told him we
would send him a copy of the November 1976 Advisory Bulletin.

c)    What is the interpretation of “intended for human occupancy” as used in 192.5?

Answer:              “Human Occupancy” probably meant dwelled in or inhabited or occupied by people
for a significant part of a day.

I told him a more definitive interpretation for all three questions would follow.
Cesar DeLeon
Acting Director
Office of Pipeline Safety Operations

Regulation Sections

Section Subject
192.5 Class locations