BS 476-10:2009 - Fire tests on building materials and structures. Guide to the principles, selection, role and application of fire testing and their outputs – BSI British Standards

BS 476-10:2009

Fire tests on building materials and structures. Guide to the principles, selection, role and application of fire testing and their outputs

Status : Confirmed, Current   Published : December 2008



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Fire in buildings puts lives at risk either directly, by exposure to the fire conditions, or indirectly, as a result of the response of the building to exposure to fire. Potential responses of the building that could represent a risk to life safety include:

a) Ease of ignition, resulting in early involvement
b) High rates of heat release
c) Rapid spread of fire on surfaces
d) Production of excessive volumes of smoke
e) Excessive heat flow through separating elements of structure
f) Excessive distortion of the structure
g) Collapse of the structure under self-weight or imposed loads
h) Other unspecified behaviour, e.g. melting and dripping.

BS 476-10 describes the general principles and application of the methods in the series of standards for fire testing. Fire tests are used extensively in support of national fire safety legislation. The outputs of these tests may also be used, with caution, to support a fire safety strategy that has been generated using the functional approach to regulations.

Any of the tests used to characterize the reaction to fire, or fire resistance of a material/ construction, only represents one of many possible fire scenarios.

Outputs from fire tests are used in the assessment of fire risks and, similarly to using the results in the context of a fire safety strategy, the limitations on the validity of the results need to be considered when applying them.

Who should use BS 476-10?
Facilities/building managers
Fire and rescue service 
Building control officers 
Fire safety engineers 
Fire risk consultants

BS 476-10 also includes information on how to use this standard with the other parts of the BS 476 series and replaces BS 476-10:1983, which is now withdrawn.

Also available:

BS 9999 Code of practice for fire safety in the design, management and use of buildings

Standard NumberBS 476-10:2009
TitleFire tests on building materials and structures. Guide to the principles, selection, role and application of fire testing and their outputs
StatusConfirmed, Current
Publication Date31 December 2008
Confirm Date24 May 2019
Normative References(Required to achieve compliance to this standard)BS 476-31.1, BS 476-12, BS 476-7, BS 476-21, BS 476-11, BS 476-4, BS 476-24, BS 476-13, BS 476-23, BS 476-15, BS 4422, BS 476-33, BS 476-6, BS 476-22, BS 476-32, BS 476-20, BS 476-3
Informative References(Provided for Information)BS EN 1364-3, BS EN 1364-1, ISO/TR 834-3, DD ENV 1187, BS 6336, 89/106/EEC, Building Regulations 2000, BS EN 1366-8, BS EN 1366-9, The Building Regulations (NI) 2000 Technical Booklet E, ISO 9239-2, BS EN 13823, BS ISO 3009, BS EN 1365-6, BS EN 13501-3, BS EN ISO 1716, BS EN 1365-5, BS EN ISO 11925-2, ISO 6944, BS EN 1366-6, BS EN 1365-4, ISO/TR 22898, BS EN 1634-1, ISO 5660-1, ISO 5925-1, BS ISO 10294, ISO 13785-1, BS ISO/TR 12470, BS EN 1634-3, PD 7974-3, The Building Regulations 2000 Approved Document B, ISO 12468-2, BS EN 1365-3, BS 8414-1, BS EN 13501-5, BS 5268-4, BS EN 1365-1, prEN 1366-10, BS EN 13501-4, ISO 9705, BS EN 13501-2, ISO/TR 10158, BS EN 1364-4, ISO 3008, ISO 834, BS EN 1364-2:2018, BS EN 1366-5, BS EN 13501-1:2018, BS EN 1366-4, ISO 5657, BS EN 1366-3, BS EN 1366-2, The Scottish Building Standards Technical Handbook, BS EN 1365-2, Building (Scotland) Regulations 2004, BS ISO 5658, BS 8414-2, ISO 10295, BS EN ISO 1182, prEN 1634-2, Building Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2000, BS 5950, BS EN 1363-1, BS EN 1366-1, BS 9999, ISO 12468-1, Section 2
ReplacesBS 476-10:1983
Draft Superseded By07/30147204 DC
DescriptorsHazards, Construction materials, Fire, Fire tests, Construction systems parts, Fire safety, Structural members
ISBN978 0 580 56656 1
File Size1.032 MB

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