20 Nov BTI Nº 175
APPROVAL OF FIRE PROTECTION FACILITIES REGULATIONS
Last May, and by Royal Decree, the Council of Ministers approved the Fire Protection Facilities Regulations (Spanish acronym RIPCI). The purpose of the regulations is to define the conditions and requirements for the design, installation, maintenance and inspection of the equipment, systems and components making up active fire protection facilities.
The RIPCI is key to ensuring efficient fire safety and incorporates both the demands derived from implementing European legislation and the regulation of sectors that were not initially contemplated, and products not covered by the harmonised standards.
In particular, the following aspects are regulated:
- The conditions and requirements to be met by fire protection equipment, systems and components.
- The conditions for the approval and operation of installation and maintenance companies.
- The conditions for installation, commissioning, minimum maintenance and regular inspection of these facilities.
- Penalty system.
Fire protection installations are currently regulated by the Regulation of November 5, 1993 However, technical and regulatory framework developments make it necessary to update and revise the requirements established in that Regulation that relies on more than 100 standards in the UNE catalogue. In particular, the two Community Regulations of 2008 and 2011 can be quoted.
Furthermore, the 2004 fire protection Regulations for industrial establishments and the 2008 Technical Building Code establish that the design, execution, commissioning and maintenance of fire protection installations, together with their materials, components and equipment, must comply with the terms of their specific regulations. It is therefore necessary to establish the conditions to be met by the equipment and systems comprising fire protection installations in order to ensure that their efficient operation in case of fire.
QUIMICA 21, S.L.
AT THE VANGUARD OF FIRE FIGHTING SECTOR