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    ASTM E1546 - 15

    Standard Guide for Development of Fire-Hazard-Assessment Standards

    Active Standard ASTM E1546 | Developed by Subcommittee: E05.33

    Book of Standards Volume: 04.07


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    Significance and Use

    4.1 This guide is intended for use by those undertaking the development of fire-hazard-assessment standards. Such standards are expected to be useful to manufacturers, architects, specification writers, and authorities having jurisdiction.

    4.2 As a guide, this document provides information on an approach to the development of a fire hazard standard; fixed procedures are not established. Limitations of data, available tests and models, and scientific knowledge may constitute significant constraints on the fire-hazard-assessment procedure.

    4.3 While the focus of this guide is on developing fire-hazard-assessment standards for products, the general concepts presented also may apply to processes, activities, occupancies, and buildings.

    4.4 When developing fire-risk-assessment standards, use Guide E1776. The present guide also contains some of the guidance to develop such a fire-risk assessment standard.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This guide covers the development of fire-hazard-assessment standards.

    1.2 This guide is directed toward development of standards that will provide procedures for assessing fire hazards harmful to people, animals, or property.

    1.3 Fire-hazard assessment and fire-risk assessment are both procedures for assessing the potential for harm caused by something–the subject of the assessment–when it is involved in fire, where the involvement in fire is assessed relative to a number of defined fire scenarios.

    1.4 Both fire-hazard assessment and fire-risk assessment provide information that can be used to address a larger group of fire scenarios. Fire-hazard assessment provides information on the maximum potential for harm that can be caused by the fire scenarios that are analyzed or by any less severe fire scenarios. Fire-risk assessment uses information on the relative likelihood of the fire scenarios that are analyzed and the additional fire scenarios that each analyzed scenario represents. In these two ways, fire-hazard assessment and fire-risk assessment allow the user to support certain statements about the potential for harm caused by something when it is involved in fire, generally.

    1.5 Fire-hazard assessment is appropriate when the goal is to characterize maximum potential for harm under worst-case conditions. Fire-risk assessment is appropriate when the goal is to characterize overall risk (average severity) or to characterize the likelihood of worst-case outcomes. It is important that the user select the appropriate type of assessment procedure for the statements the user wants to support.

    1.6 Fire-hazard assessment is addressed in this guide and fire-risk assessment is addressed in Guide E1776.

    1.7 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

    1.8 This fire standard cannot be used to provide quantitative measures.

    1.9 This standard is used to predict or provide a quantitative measure of the fire hazard from a specified set of fire conditions involving specific materials, products, or assemblies. This assessment does not necessarily predict the hazard of actual fires which involve conditions other than those assumed in the analysis.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    D2859 Test Method for Ignition Characteristics of Finished Textile Floor Covering Materials

    E176 Terminology of Fire Standards

    E603 Guide for Room Fire Experiments

    E648 Test Method for Critical Radiant Flux of Floor-Covering Systems Using a Radiant Heat Energy Source

    E1354 Test Method for Heat and Visible Smoke Release Rates for Materials and Products Using an Oxygen Consumption Calorimeter

    E1546 Guide for Development of Fire-Hazard-Assessment Standards

    E1678 Test Method for Measuring Smoke Toxicity for Use in Fire Hazard Analysis

    ISO Standards

    ISO 13943 Fire Safety - Vocabulary


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 13.220.01 (General standards related to fire protection)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 46190000(Fire protection)


    Referencing This Standard

    DOI: 10.1520/E1546-15

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    Citation Format

    ASTM E1546-15, Standard Guide for Development of Fire-Hazard-Assessment Standards, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2015, www.astm.org

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