Association for Specialist Fire Protection

ASFP TOASFP Technical Officer Niall Rowan has been appointed chair of FSH 22, the UK national committee for fire resistance testing.

The committee is responsible for maintaining the BS 476: Parts 20-24 series of fire resistance test methods. It also formulates the UK input into CEN TC 127, Fire safety in buildings, which is the committee which is responsible for all European Fire Test and Extended Application (EXAP) methods and for providing input to ISO standards, as appropriate.

FSH 22 manages a large number of panels for specific products, such as doors, walls, steelwork and glazing, and also liaises with other committees such as FSH 21, Reaction to Fire; FSH  14, Fire precautions in buildings; and FSH 24, Fire engineering.

Speaking about his aims for the committee, Mr Rowan said that, following discussion with committee members, he hoped to make it more accountable to the needs of its stakeholders, in particular to industry and UK plc. He suggested that this may mean a change in the focus of activities from areas where standardisation activities have a lesser effect on the UK to those areas where standardisation has a greater impact.

Mr Rowan noted that BS 476 remained important in the UK since CE marking for the majority of passive fire protection products is not yet mandatory. He added that this series of standards is still called up by national building regulations throughout the UK.

Accepting his appointment, Mr Rowan declared:

“It is a great honour to be chosen as the chairman of FSH 22 and I pay tribute to my predecessors. I would also like to thank those members who devote their time and effort to attend meetings and undertake work between meetings. I could not do this job without them.”

In welcoming Mr Rowan as chairman, BSI recognised the key role played by committee chairmen in leading each committee through its deliberations to establish a consensus on all matters brought to it for its decision; and in ensuring that a UK viewpoint is established on European and international standardisation matters.