Certification of a fire safety design using verified calculation methods
FROM ISO TRAINING MATERIAL FOR ISO/IEC TR 17032
Certification of fire safety designs in accordance with ISO standards
Nuclear safety regulation and building fire codes require that fire safety devices such as sprinklers and fire barriers be certified for performance by independent laboratories in accordance with ISO standards. The number and location of the devices are generally prescribed in the regulation or fire code. Presently fire safety engineering (FSE) is used to specify or replace the devices required in the regulation. This FSE process should also be certified by an independent and impartial body since it is used to substitute requirements in regulation.
An ISO standard, ISO/IEC TR 17032:2019, Guidelines and examples of a scheme for the certification of processes, has been developed and available for the certification of processes such as fire safety engineering. The above schematic is taken from ISO training resources. See specific training slides for ISO/IEC TR 17032:2019. Dr. Monideep Dey served as a US expert representing the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to the ISO working group which developed ISO/IEC TR 17032:2019. Dr. Monideep Dey developed a specific annex (A.8) in ISO/IEC TR 17032 which specifies its use for certifying alternate fire safety designs based on fire safety engineering. The annex references ISO 23932-1:2018, Fire safety engineering — General principles — Part 1: General which specifies principles and requirements for the FSE process. A critical element of the fire safety engineering process is the verification and validation of fire calculation methods. In recognition of prior research by Monideep Dey on the topic, he was elected by international experts to be a Convenor in the ISO technical committee for fire safety. As Convernor, Dr. Monideep Dey led the effort to developISO 16730-1:2015:Fire safety engineering — Procedures and requirements for verification and validation of calculation methods. Dr. Dey's prior research was used in the development of this ISO standard, and asummary report from Monideep Dey of his research was referenced in it. ISO 16730-1:2015 is critical in the certification process of a fire safety design since fire calculations are a center piece of the process. Prevention of faulty safety designs can be assured through the use of calculation methods that are certified by an independent and impartial 3rd party, in accordance with ISO standards. Faulty designs increase the risk to public safety and damage to property.
See the full list of fire safety publications by Dr. Monideep Dey that demonstrate his endeavors to establish safety standards, and his experience in standards and certification. The videos below illustrate the importance of the verification and validation of fire safety calculation methods, and also the benefits of using certification methods developed by ISO.