Fire safety engineering:
Quarterly newsletter - September 2016 Monideep Dey, PhD
This newsletter from Deytec, Inc. is published every quarter to inform subscribers of developments in Fire Safety Engineering (FSE), especially on the use of international FSE standards in national fire safety regulations. Reports of the activities of ISO TC 92 SC4, Fire Safety Engineering, in which Monideep Dey, PhD represents the American National Standards Institute as a Chair (Convenor), will also be included.
Developing a quality infrastructure for fire safety
An ISO and UNIDO document on quality infrastructure
It has been recognized that building a quality infrastructure for fire safety is important for protecting occupants of buildings from injury and preventing damage to property, especially when fire safety engineering is used as a design method. ISO and UNIDO have published an excellent reference, Building Trust, for building such a quality infrastructure, including methods for conformity assessment, that can be used for fire safety. Countries in the process of developing national standardization bodies that will address national safety concerns are also referred to another useful ISO publication, Fast Forward.
The above documents and the full set of international standards available from ISO, The Conformity Assessment Toolbox, can be helpful in the development of a quality infrastructure for fire safety.
40th Meeting of ISO TC 92 SC 4, Fire Safety Engineering
Changdeokgung Palace, Seoul, Republic of Korea - Site of meeting
The 40th meeting of ISO TC 92 SC 4 will be held in Seoul, Republic of Korea, on October 17-21, 2016. The highlight of the meeting will be a workshop to plan new work items to develop international standards to support the new strategic objectives developed by the subcommittee.
Am important strategic objective is to "develop documents that are both useful and practical for end users, and can be applied worldwide irrespective of the degree of experience in and implementation of FSE”. A major challenge to the fire safety industry is the assessment of innovative performance-based designs in comparison to the prescriptive regulations for fire safety that exist in most countries.
A proposal to make ISO fire safety standards more practical by developing A unified international standard that covers prescriptive and performance-based fire safety design is on the agenda for the workshop on new work items.
Other important sessions at the 40th meeting are on the revision of ISO 23932, General Principles, aimed at linking current ISO FSE standards, and on development of a new standard on Verification and validation protocol for building evacuation models.