Standards, Responsibilities and Guidance

Standards, Responsibilities and Guidance


BS 9999 provides a framework for best practice regarding fire safety and it contains standards for the definition, maintenance and testing of fire dampers.  It is the code of practice for fire safety in the design, management, and use of buildings and the treatment of fire dampers is addressed within this code.

To help clarify the issues relating to BS 9999 and the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and what it means to building owners, operators, and employers, we have put together a “headline brief” of explanatory notes.  Click the button to fill in the form and download our useful guide to BS 9999 and the Regulatory Reform Order relating to fire dampers.

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The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (and Scottish and Northern Irish Fire Safety Regulations) states that it is the employer, business or building owner who as the responsible person (Article 3) must maintain the fire safety systems in his building.  Article 17 of this Order states, “Where necessary in order to safeguard the safety of relevant persons the responsible person must ensure that the premises and any facilities, equipment and devices provided in respect of the premises under this Order … are subject to a suitable system of maintenance and are maintained in an efficient state, in efficient working order and in good repair”.

Standards, Responsibilities and Guidance


The publication of Technical Bulletin VH001 (March 2021) produced by the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) is designed to advise and direct end users and fire damper testing companies on the methodology of fire and smoke damper testing and the form of the related reporting.

‘All fire dampers should be tested by a competent person at regular intervals not exceeding one year, and to be repaired or replaced immediately if found to be faulty. Spring-operated fire dampers should be tested annually, and fire dampers situated in dust-laden and similar atmospheres should be tested much more frequently, at periods suited to the degree of pollution’ – extract from TB VH001 

The guidance goes on to detail how the tests must be conducted; how the reports must be written up and when any remedial work is to be undertaken.   The standards could not be clearer on who is responsible, what is to be done, and how the results are to be presented and preserved.

Our standards are market leading.  We have developed a fire damper inspection and testing reporting platform to ensure that our clients are compliant with guidance under VH001 and standards contained in BS 9999.

We provide you with comprehensive details of all dampers tested, including photographic evidence of the damper before, during, and after testing as well as any remedial work that is required to ensure compliance.  We will also provide costs on any remedial work where this sits within our scope.  Lastly, we will provide you with a full asset register.

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