As the primary administrator of standardisation across the UK, the British Standards Institution (BSI) holds over 500,000 standards in its archives relating to all areas of quality management, environmental management, occupational health and safety management, information security management and more.

When it comes to fire safety, there are many BS standards that govern the quality of services and products that operate within the field, from fire extinguishers and alarms to risk assessment and evacuation procedures.

One of the main standards which affects not only fire safety but general health and safety practice is BS OHSAS 18001 Occupational Health and Safety Management. This key document outlines the ways in which employers and responsible persons can limit hazardous workplace conditions and a safer working environment.

While BS OHSAS 18001 is a more general, umbrella standard, there are many in the British Standard Index that refer specifically to fire safety.

British Standard Index – Fire Safety

BS 5266 Series: Emergency lighting

BS 5306 Series: Fire extinguishing installations

BS 5446 Series: Fire detection & alarm systems

BS 5839 Series: Fire detection & alarm systems for buildings

BS 7273 Series: Operation of fire protection measures

BS EN 54 Series: Fire detection & alarm systems

BS EN 12259 Series: Fixed firefighting systems

BS EN 15004 Series: Fixed firefighting systems

BS EN 1568 Series: Fire extinguishing media. Foam concentrates

BS EN 12094 Series: Fixed firefighting systems

BS EN 1866-2:2014 – Mobile fire extinguishers. Requirements for the construction, pressure resistance

BS EN 16327:2014 – Fire-fighting. Positive pressure proportioning systems

BS EN 14044:2014 – High rise aerial appliances for fire & rescue service use

BS EN 14043:2014 – High rise aerial appliances for fire & rescue service use

BS EN 1866-3:2013 – Mobile fire extinguisher requirements

BS EN 62034:2012 – Automatic test systems for battery powered emergency escape lighting

BS EN 671-1:2012 – Fixed firefighting systems. Hose systems. Hose reels with semi-rigid hose

BS EN 671-2:2012 – Fixed firefighting systems. Hose systems. Hose systems with lay-flat hose

PAS 79:2012 – Fire risk assessment. Guidance and a recommended methodology

BS EN ISO 5923:2012 – Equipment for fire protection and firefighting. Fire extinguishing media.

PD 7974-8:2012 – Application of fire safety engineering principles to the design of buildings.

BS 9991:2011 – Fire safety in the design, management and use of residential buildings. Code of practice

PD 7974-3:2011 – Application of fire safety engineering principles to the design of buildings

BS ISO 23601:2009 – Safety identification. Escape and evacuation plans

BS EN ISO 13943:2010 – Fire safety. Vocabulary

DD 8489-1:2011 – Fixed fire protection systems. Industrial and commercial watermist systems

DD 8458-1:2010 – Fixed fire protection systems. Residential and domestic watermist systems. Code of practice for design and installation

BS ISO 23932:2009 – Fire safety engineering: general principles

BS 1635:1990 – Recommendations for graphic symbols and abbreviations for fire protection drawings

BS 476-10:2009 – Fire tests on building materials and structures. Guide to the principles, selection, role and application of fire testing and their outputs

BS 6266:2011 – Code of practice for fire protection for electronic equipment installations

BS 7671:2008+A1:2011 – Requirements for electrical installations. IEE wiring regulations

BS 7863:2009 – Recommendations for colour coding to indicate the extinguishing media contained in portable fire extinguishers

BS 8492:2009 – Telecommunications equipment and telecommunications cabling. Code of practice for fire performance and protection

BS 8519:2010 – Selection and installation of fire-resistant power and control cable systems for life safety and fire-fighting applications

BS 9999:2008 – Code of practice for fire safety in the design, management and use of buildings

BS EN 12845:2004+A2:2009 – Fixed firefighting systems. Automatic sprinkler systems. Design, installation and maintenance

BS EN 13565-2:2009 – Fixed firefighting systems. Foam systems. Design, construction and maintenance

BS EN 15269-20:2009 – Extended application of test results for fire resistance and/ or smoke control for door, shutter and openable window assemblies, including their elements of building hardware

BS EN 3-7: 2004+A1 2007 – Portable fire extinguishers. Characteristics, performance requirements and test methods

BS EN 3-8:2006 – Portable fire extinguishers. Additional requirements to EN 3-7 for the construction, resistance to pressure and mechanical tests for extinguishers with a maximum allowable pressure equal to or lower than 30 bar

BS EN 3-9:2006 – Portable fire extinguishers. Additional requirements to EN 3-7 for pressure resistance of CO2 extinguishers

BS EN 3-10:2009 – Portable fire extinguishers. Provision for evaluating the conformity of a portable fire extinguisher to EN 3-7

BS EN 671-3:2009 – Fixed firefighting systems. Hose systems. Maintenance of hose reels with semi-rigid hose and hose systems with lay-flat hose

BS EN ISO9001:2008 – Quality management systems. Requirements

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