New world-wide fire safety standard launched

Posted on : Tuesday, 6 October 2020

A global coalition of over 80 fire safety leadership organisations has launched a new internationally consistent approach to the safety and management of buildings, with the aim of saving more lives by reducing risk and preventing devastating fires. 


The International Fire Safety Standard - Common Principles (IFSS-CP) is the result of extensive work to improve public confidence in the regulation and control of fire safety measures. 


Prepared by the International Fire Safety Standards (IFSS) Coalition, the principles are an industry-led global response to address differing or, in some cases, non-existent requirements in countries across the world to fire safety.  


Contrasting approaches have resulted in significant variations in the design, approval, construction methods, and operation of buildings, impacting fire risk. 


Gary Strong, chair of the IFSS Coalition - a global organisation representing leading fire safety organisations from all four corners of the Globe, including FPA Australia - said at the launch: 


"Our coalition has worked hard to produce this globally applicable way to bring consistency in fire safety to buildings new and old, and reduce the risk to lives. 


"The new standard is unprecedented, being the first agreement on fire safety principles on this international scale, with its development supported by the United Nations in line with its own sustainable development goals.  


"It is the outcome of two years of work and worldwide expertise on fire safety from over 80 coalition organisations, and will bring reassurance that the construction and management of buildings upholds appropriate fire safety standards," he said. 


The standard delivers a clear performance-based framework, with common principles that apply to all stages of a building's life cycle (from design, construction, commissioning, to change and to eventual demolition). 


The common principles are: 


  1. Prevention - safeguarding against the outbreak of fire and/or limiting its effects.  
  2. Detection and communication - investigating and discovering fire, followed by informing occupants and the fire service.  
  3. Occupant protection - helping occupants to avoid and escape from the effects of fire.  
  4. Containment - limiting fire and its consequences to as small an area as possible.  
  5. Extinguishment - suppressing fire and protecting the surrounding environment. 


Click here for a copy of the Standard. 

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