BS 9999:2008 Code of Practice for Fire Safety in the Design, Management and Use of Buildings
- British Standards Institution (BSI)
After 10 years in development, BSI British Standards has published 'BS 9999:2008 Code of Practice for Fire Safety in the Design, Management and Use of Buildings'.
BS 9999 gives recommendations and guidance on the design, management and use of buildings to achieve acceptable levels of fire safety for all people in and around buildings.
BS 9999 is applicable to the design of new buildings and to alterations, extensions and changes of use of an existing building, with the exception of individual homes and with limited applicability in the case of certain specialist buildings. It also provides guidance on the ongoing management of fire safety in a building throughout the entire life cycle of the building, including guidance for designers to ensure that the overall design of a building assists and enhances the management of fire safety. It can be used as a tool for assessing existing buildings, although fundamental change in line with the guidelines might well be limited or not practicable.
This standard contributes to the protection of people in buildings by:
Working to prevent fires occurring in the first place
Being aware of the types of people in the building and any special risks or needs (such as disabled people, see 'BS 8300 Design of Buildings and their Approaches to Meet the Needs of disabled people. Code of Practice' - listed below)
Ensuring that all of the fire safety measures in the building are kept in working order, and in particular that the means of escape are always available
Training staff and organising the evacuation plan, to ensure that occupants leave quickly if a fire occurs
Taking command in the event of a fire until the fire and rescue service arrives.
The standard builds on government guidance to legislative requirements, providing an advanced approach to fire safety in the design, management and use of buildings. It promotes a more flexible approach to fire safety design through use of structured risk-based design where designers can take account of varying human factors.
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