Last edited 09 Mar 2021

BS 7974



[edit] Introduction

The British Standards Institution (BSI) is the UK National Standards Body (NSB). It publishes standards and provides a range of books, self-assessment tools, conferences and training services. It also represents UK economic and social interests in European and international standards organisations.

BS 7974 Application of fire safety engineering principles to the design of buildings. Code of practice is aimed at fire safety engineers (FSE) and practitioners, and is also intended for:

BS 7974 was originally released in 2001, with additional updates in 2002, 2003 and 2012. In 2016, however, a 2019 update was the first complete revision since the initial publication of the standard.

[edit] Published documents

Due to the number of published documents (PDs) associated with BS 7974, the complete standard is available as a suite of documents, which includes:

The practices included within the standard are applicable to all types of new construction and existing buildings. It is based on an approach to fire safety that focusses on the protection of people and property while showing sensitivity to the environment.

[edit] Qualitative design review

This analytical process is based on the concept of qualitative design review (QDR), which is a technique that allows fire safety engineers to consider the possible ways a fire hazard might arise and establish a range of strategies to maintain the risk at an acceptable level.

The process is broken down into three stages:

  1. Initial review. Objectives are defined, criteria are established and solutions are proposed.
  2. Analysis: Evaluations are made of solutions identified in the initial review.
  3. Assessment: The results of the analysis are measured against the criteria in the initial review.

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