Inspection and certification - Extinguishing gas systems
INTRODUCTION - Inspection and certification of gas extinguishing systems
When extinguishing fire, many people may think about the use of water. But water is not always suitable for extinguishing fires. In that case, there are gas extinguishing installations. These are highly suitable for extinguishing a fire when water would cause too much damage. This is the case, for example, with computer rooms and rooms containing hazardous substances. Gas fire extinguishing installations can also be used to secure things like gas turbines and switch boxes. In addition, a gas fire extinguishing installation is used to reduce fire risks. Some insurers even set a non-negotiable requirement that gas extinguishing installations be used, whether or not in combination with an automatic fire detection system. The government can also make this a condition when granting a building or environmental permit.
An inspection certificate of the installation is often required to ensure that the gas extinguishing installation offers sufficient protection against the risk against which cover is required. This provides the assurance that the gas extinguishing installation meets the requirements, not only upon delivery but throughout its lifetime, and that it offers the protection one can reasonably expect from it.
SCOPE - Inspection and certification of gas extinguishing systems
Gas extinguishing systems are often necessary to obtain a building or environmental permit, for example in the condition 'fire break-through and fire spread'. If the end user has certain wishes for the placement of the system, that's not a problem, as long as it doesn't violate the conditions. Safety comes first. These systems are used in almost all market segments, such as industry, warehouses with storage of hazardous substances and MER/SER spaces.
STANDARD CONTENT - Production of gas extinguishing installations
The Netherlands uses foreign regulations for the production of gas extinguishing installations, such as the CEA 4007; CEA 4008; CEA 4045; ISO 6183; NEN-EN 15004; NEN-ISO 14520; NFPA 12; NFPA 2001; VdS 2093; VdS 2380; VdS 2381. NEN 2535 is used for fire alarm systems necessary for the activation of the gas extinguishing installations; NEN 2575 is used for evacuation alarm systems.
CERTIFICATION PROCESS - Fire protection inspection schedule
What does this certification process look like? Inspections can be carried out on derived objectives in accordance with the CCV-inspectieschema Brandbeveiliging (CCV inspection schedule - Fire protection), after which an inspection certificate can be issued upon approval. In addition, inspection of gas extinguishing systems may be required at PGS locations. We use the CCV-inspectieschema Uitgangspuntendocumenten Brandbeveiliging Opslag Gevaarlijke stoffen (CCV inspection schedule - Starting points documents Fire protection Storage of Hazardous substances) according to PGS (UPD-PGS) and theCCV-inspectieschema Brandbeveiliging Opslag Gevaarlijke Stoffen PGS (CCV inspection schedule - PGS Fire protection Storage Hazardous Substances).
Bureau Veritas is accredited by the Raad van Accreditatie (RvA - Dutch Accreditation Council) for carrying out inspection work under registration number I 0002, Type A (see also RVA.nl). This applies to inspections for derived objectives, compliance with the UPD-PGS and inspections on standard conformity. In addition, we carry out spot-check inspections for certification bodies.
ADDITIONAL STANDARDS - Fire safety
The gas fire-extinguishing systems use the 'Fixed Fire Control and Fire Extinguishing Systems' standards. The CEA 4007, 4008, 4045, FM 4-9 standards in combination with NFPA 2001 or ISO 14520-1 or NEN-EN 15004-1, ISO 6183, NEN-EN 15004 series, NEN-ISO 14520, NFPA 12, NFPA 2001, VdS 2380 and 2381.
INFORMATION - Building Act 2012
In order to stimulate innovation, it was stipulated that the regulations of the Building Decree (Bouwbesluit) 2012 do not have to be followed literally. However, the same level of safety, health protection, usability, energy efficiency and environmental protection must be guaranteed.
For additional information about fire services and possibilities, please call us on +31 88 4505670.