BS 5852:2006 - Methods of test for assessment of the ignitability of upholstered seating by smouldering and flaming ignition sources – BSI British Standards

BS 5852:2006

Methods of test for assessment of the ignitability of upholstered seating by smouldering and flaming ignition sources

Status : Current, Under review   Published : March 2006



What is BS 5852:2006?

BS 5852:2006 describes best practice methods to assess the ignitability of single material combinations, such as covers and fillings used in upholstered seating, or complete items of seating. These tests determine the effects of a smouldering cigarette, or other flaming ignition sources such as burning matches or a four-sheet full-size newspaper. This standard can be used to establish the potential ignitability of components in conjunction with other specified materials.

How does it work?

BS 5852:2006 first looks at the criteria of ignition, and the health and safety of operators. It then explains the various apparatus, before focussing on smouldering ignition sources – such as a cigarette, butane gas flames and flaming wooden cribs. It also looks at ways to test for the ignitability of upholstery composites and complete items of furniture. The standard concludes with a final examination and test report.

What is new?

This British Standard replaces BS 5852:1990 which is now withdrawn.

Who should buy it?

  • Manufacturers of upholstered furniture
  • Product testers
  • Health and safety officers
  • Regulatory bodies
  • Quality assessors

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Standard NumberBS 5852:2006
TitleMethods of test for assessment of the ignitability of upholstered seating by smouldering and flaming ignition sources
StatusCurrent, Under review
Publication Date31 March 2006
Confirm Date01 October 2016
Normative References(Required to achieve compliance to this standard)BS EN 1021-1, BS EN 1021-2
Informative References(Provided for Information)BS 6807, Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations, Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, BS 7176, Regulations 1989, 2002, Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) (Amendment), BS 4250, Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations, Regulations 1993, 1988
ReplacesBS 5852:1990
Draft Superseded By05/30057625 DC
DescriptorsChair covers, Reports, Cushions, Ignition cribs, Ignitability, Furniture, Testing conditions, Test equipment, Furnishing fabrics, Test specimens, Upholstered furniture, Seating, Fire tests, Specimen preparation, Paddings
ISBN0 580 47926 9
File Size4.604 MB

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