BDM5 - Fire protection of buildings - Food processing factories 1- Design principles

  • 11 Jun 2004
  • Building construction, structure and protection

This document deals with the design principles for passive fire safety in food processing factories. It describes measures and makes recommendations which, if adopted, will assist in the design and construction of food factory buildings (or extensions thereto) which are less likely to catch fire. Should fire occur, however, the applied design principles will help minimise fire and smoke damage and thus minimise business interruption. In addition, this guide may also help in identifying ways to reduce fire risks in existing food factories and/or similar food processing activities. It is recommended that reference is also made to the Code of Practice for Fire Protection in the Food and Drink Industry, which will assist in understanding the need to protect the material assets of a food industry premises.