Inspection and certification light foam systems

inspection and certification - light foam systems


Light foam systems have been used for many decades to protect buildings and goods from the consequences of fire. They are especially applicable in situations where water is less suitable as an extinguishing agent, for example in the safeguarding of storage buildings for certain hazardous substances (PGS-15 storage).

In some cases, the user or owner applies light foam systems to reduce his fire risks. In other cases, the insurer requires such an installation as part of an insurance contract, or sets it as a condition for granting a building or environmental permit.

The light foam system must be appropriate to the risk against which it provides protection, and this protection must remain in place. In order to ensure adequate safeguards, in many cases, certification of the light foam protection is required. The certification shows that the light foam protection meets the requirements and guarantees the expected protection, not only upon delivery but also in the years thereafter.


Light foam systems fulfil the requirements in an environmental permit for the storage of hazardous substances in industry. Users of storage buildings can have these systems installed according to their own wishes.


The usual standards for certification of light foam systems include the standards NFPA 11, NFPA 15 and NFPA 16. NEN 2535 applies to fire alarm systems necessary for the activation of the light foam system, and NEN 2575 applies to evacuation alarm systems.


What does a certification process look like? Inspections can be carried out on derived objectives in accordance with the CCV-inspectieschema Brandbeveiliging (CCV inspection schedule - Fire protection). The starting principles, the detailed design and the final installation are assessed, after which an inspection certificate can be issued upon approval. In addition, inspection of light foam systems may be necessary at PGS locations, depending on the environmental permit on which the PGS-15 guideline is based. 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 the CCV-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 independent inspection institution (see also This applies to inspection for derived objectives, inspection for compliance with the UPD-PGS and inspection on standard conformity. In addition, we carry out spot-check inspections for certification bodies.


For additional information about services and the application possibilities, please contact the Fire department directly on 088 4505670.