Legal & Compliance

Your Legal Obligations

If your organisation has a room protected by a gaseous fire suppression system, this enclosure must be capable of containing extinguishing agent and preventing it from escaping for a pre-specified length of time. This time period varies according to the type of extinguishant in use. Failure of the enclosure to retain the extinguishant effectively could result in the re-ignition of a fire.

You are legally obliged to test the integrity of all such enclosures annually, or more frequently if there is any change to the enclosure.

Types of Enclosures Requiring Integrity Testing:

• Computer room
• PABX/Communications room
• Disaster recovery suite
• Operations room
• Data centre
• Control room
• Network hub
• Data storage room
• Electronic archive stores
• Generator room
• Turbine halls

Comply With UK & International Standards

According to National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and British Standards EN 15004-1 2008 your company is required to test the integrity of each enclosure protected by a gaseous fire suppression system, at installation and annually thereafter, unless you can prove there has been no change to the enclosure since any previous verification occurred. This is virtually impossible to prove so repeat annual checks are advisable to re-validate the room integrity.

Failure to undertake annual integrity testing compromises the safety of your facility and your company’s insurance may be invalidated; any attempt to make a fire-related claim may be unsuccessful.