• International Workplace
  • 7 February 2017

Revised BS 9999 Fire safety standard for 2017

BSI, the business standards company, has revised the its code of practice: BS 9999:2017 Fire safety in the design, management and use of buildings – its first update for nine years. The code of practice applies to fire safety in commercial buildings.

The revised standard is intended to provide good practice to safeguard the lives of building occupants and fire-fighters. BS 9999 provides recommendations and guidance on the provision of measures to control or mitigate the effects of fire, including business continuity and the environment.

The primary objective of the standard is to ensure that a reasonable standard of life safety can be achieved in the event of fire in the building. The revised standard is applicable to the design of new buildings, and to material alterations, extensions and material change of use of an existing building.

BS 9999 has been revised to align the standard with current good practice, new technology, and consistency with other fire recently revised safety standards, namely BS 9990 and BS 9991. The main changes in BS 9999 over the standard it replaces are:

  • An inclusion of a flowchart showing the sequential steps in the design process, to assist users in the application of the standard.
  • Revised clause on fire safety management with references to PAS 7 (the advisory standard for a fire risk management system).
  • Inclusion of watermist fire suppression systems.
  • Expansion of the guidance on voice alarms.
  • Expansion of fire growth rates table to provide more information.

The revised standard also features updated recommendations for smoke and heat control; fire curtain barrier assemblies; mechanical ventilation and air-conditioning systems; shopping complexes; and ducting.

BS 9999 will be of use to architects; building managers; fire safety engineers; fire risk assessors; building control personnel; fire and rescue personnel; installers of fire and smoke alarms, sprinklers and smoke and heat control systems; and inspectorate for certification and installation schemes.

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