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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 for electrotechnical products. 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 assessment standard; fixed procedures are not established. Any limitations in the availability of data, of appropriate test procedures, of adequate fire models, or in the advancement of scientific knowledge will place significant constraints upon the procedure for the assessment of fire hazard.
4.3 The focus of this guide is on fire assessment standards for electrotechnical products. However, insofar as the concepts in this guide are consistent with those of Guide , the general concepts presented also may be applicable to processes, activities, occupancies, and buildings. Guide contains an example of how to use information on fire-test-response characteristics of electrotechnical products (electric cables) in a fire hazard assessment for a specific occupancy (rail transportation vehicle).
4.4 A standard developed following this guide should not attempt to set a safety threshold or other pass/fail criteria. Such a standard should specify all steps required to determine fire hazard measures for which safety thresholds or pass/fail criteria can be meaningfully set by authorities having jurisdiction.
1.1 This guide provides guidance on the development of fire hazard assessment standards for electrotechnical products. For the purposes of this guide, products include materials, components, and end-use products.
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 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, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.
1.4 This fire standard cannot be used to provide quantitative measures.
1.5 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.
1.6 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
D1711 Terminology Relating to Electrical Insulation
E176 Terminology of Fire Standards
E603 Guide for Room Fire Experiments
E1546 Guide for Development of Fire-Hazard-Assessment Standards
E1776 Guide for Development of Fire-Risk-Assessment Standards
E2061 Guide for Fire Hazard Assessment of Rail Transportation Vehicles
E2067 Practice for Full-Scale Oxygen Consumption Calorimetry Fire Tests
NFPA Codes and StandardsNFPA 555 NFPA 556 Guide on Methods for Evaluating Fire Hazard to Occupants of Passenger Road Vehicles NFPA 901
International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) StandardsIEC 60695-1-1 Fire Hazard TestingPart 1-1: Guidance for Assessing the Fire Hazard of Electrotechnical ProductsGeneral guidelines (Withdrawn)
International Organization for Standardization (ISO) StandardsISO 13943
ICS Number Code 13.220.40 (Ignitability and burning behaviour of materials and products)
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ASTM D5425-18, Standard Guide for Development of Fire Hazard Assessment Standards of Electrotechnical Products, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2018, www.astm.orgBack to Top