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RC01 Recommendations for fire precautions with temporary and emergency electrical supplies

Published

2005

These recommendations aim to outline practical measures that can be taken to reduce the number of fires associated with the provision of emergency power generating equipment. The recommendations apply to the use of fixed and portable generators fuelled by gaseous or liquid fuels and to the use of batteries, including those used with an inverter.

RC02 Builders or contractors operations

Published

1980

This document has been withdrawn and superseded by the  Joint Code of Practice.

RC03 Recommendations for loss prevention in electronic equipment installations - Part 1

Published

2003

These recommendations are applicable to installations for commercial electronic data processing, electronic communications equipment, electronic equipment and industrial process control where fire might cause substantial material damage and/or business interruption losses.

RC03 Recommendations for loss prevention in electronic equipment installations - Part 2

Published

2007

This document describes measures to minimise the possibility of loss, damage or interference involving electronic hardware due to the presence of unauthorised persons. The guidance given, while intended to significantly reduce the risks for Category 1 facilities, as identified in the Introduction, can be selectively applied for lower category facilities depending on the criticality of the installation, the size of asset, and potential direct and consequential losses.

RC03 Recommendations for loss prevention in electronic equipment installations - Part 5

Published

2005

This document gives recommendations for the application of fire detection and control techniques designed specifically for use in and immediately around cabinets containing electrical and/or electronic equipment.

RC03 Recommendations for loss prevention in electronic equipment installations - Part 6

Published

2006

These recommendations provide guidance measures to protect electronic equipment installations from disturbances arising from power supply variations, electromagnetic radiation, electrostatic discharge, and electrical interference transmitted through power and communication lines.

RC04 Fixed Heating Equipment Burning Waste Fuel

Published

2011

This document provides guidance for both insurance surveyors and end-users to assist them in reducing property damage and business interruption from incidents involving the burning of waste fuel for heating purposes.

RC05 Fire Protection of Laboratories

Published

2009

These recommendations are applicable to all laboratories. Losses caused by fire, explosion, ingress of water, intruders and consequential losses are considered in addition to life safety. Health hazards and the reactions of chemicals, biohazards and radioactive materials are not considered in this document.

RC07 Recommendations for Hot Work Interactive PDF

Published

2019

These recommendations concentrate on the key aspects of property protection when hot work is being carried out. Factors which could potentially cause fire to propagate due to inadequate preparations for hot work are also addressed. These recommendations are relevant to any structure, building or area where construction, alteration or maintenance work is taking place. A suggested Hot Work Permit is included in the document and has been designed taking into account experience from fires caused by hot work.

RC08 Recommendations for the storage, use and handling of industrial gases and cylinders

Published

2016

These recommendations address best practice for the storage, use and handling of commonly encountered industrial gases supplied to industry and commerce in cylinders. The gases considered include both flammable and non-flammable substances, all of which can introduce fire and explosion hazards into the workplace.

RC09 Recommendations for Oil Fired heating installations

Published

These recommendations are applicable to all installations that use, for heating purposes, petroleum oil fuels having a flashpoint (closed cup) of 38°C and above. Special precautions are necessary if fuels with flashpoints less than 38°C are to be used. These recommendations do not apply to installations fuelled with waste oil, where other guidance applies.

RC10 Fire Safety in Agricultural and Horticultural premises

Published

2011

These recommendations apply to farms, agricultural and horticultural undertakings, but do not relate to those parts of these premises which may form retail outlets, such as farm shops and garden centres. Book sales, markets, fetes, hunting, sports days, camping sites, holiday accommodation and recreational activities carried out on farmland are also outside the scope of these recommendations.

RC11 Recommendations for use of Fork lift trucks

Published

2014

These recommendations outline the fire safety considerations for fork-lift trucks powered by battery, diesel or liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) that are commonly used in industrial and commercial premises. These recommendations will also apply to other motorised lifting equipment such as pallet/platform hoists and motorised equipment generally, such as sweepers.

RC12 Recommendations for the Prevention & Control of Dust explosions

Published

2015

These recommendations provide advice for reducing the incidence and consequences of explosions resulting from the handling and release of powders and the creation of dust in the workplace. The hazards associated with secondary explosions and the prevention of these incidents, which may cause more damage than the primary event, are also addressed.

RC13  The use of portable electrostatic spray painting equipment

Published

1975

This document has been withdrawn and sperseded in part by RC31 and RC32.

RC14 Spraying and other painting processes involving flammable liquids and powders

Published

1989

This document has been withdrawn and sperseded in part by RC31 and RC32.

RC15 Recommendations for Use of Portable heaters in Commercial premises

Published

2018

These recommendations outline good practice for the management of portable heaters in the workplace where their use cannot be avoided. Consideration is given to heaters fuelled by electricity, LPG, liquid fuels (normally paraffin) and heaters designed for use in the open air. Practical advice is given to assist in the selection and management of suitable appliances with an emphasis on their maintenance and safe use.

RC16A Recommendations for fish and chip frying ranges

Published

2013

This document has been withdrawn and sperseded by RC68.

RC16B Recommendations for fire safety in Commercial Kitchens

Published

2013

This document has been withdrawn and sperseded by RC68.

RC17 Recommendations for Fire Safety in Shrink Wrapping processes

Published

2005

These recommendations present measures for fire safety in the heat-shrinking of film plastics for the packaging of various goods and materials.

RC18 Fire Safety in Warehouses

Published

2013

These recommendations concentrate on the key aspects of property protection in warehouses and storage premises and are intended to supplement the life safety issues that are addressed elsewhere, for example in HM Government Fire Safety Risk Assessment–Factories and Warehouses.

RC19 Recommendations for Storage of Aerosol products

Published

2015

These recommendations are applicable to the storage of aerosol dispensers in warehouses and similar premises and are intended to give guidance on ways in which the hazards associated with fire initiation and fire spread may be reduced to a minimum.

RC20-1 Fire safety in the storage and use of highly flammable and flammable liquids: Part 1: General principles

Published

2006

This document has been withdrawn and superseded by RC55.

RC20-2 Fire safety in the storage and use of highly flammable and flammable liquids Part 2: Storage in drums, cans and other containers other than external fixed tanks

Published

2007

This document has been withdrawn and sperseded by RC56.

RC20-3 Fire safety in the storage and use of highly flammable and flammable liquids Part 3: Storage and use of highly flammable and flammable liquids in external fixed tanks

Published

2007

This document has been withdrawn and sperseded by RC57.

RC21 Fire protection of atrium buildings

Published

1990

This document has been withdrawn and sperseded by the LPC Design Guide.

RC22

Published

n/a

This document is no longer available.

RC24

Published

n/a

This document is no longer available.

RC25 Composite insulated panels

Published

1994

This document has been withdrawn and sperseded by the LPC Design Guide.

RC26 Recommendations for thermal fluid heating systems

Published

2018

These recommendations apply to the design, installation and operation of thermal fluid heating systems in relation to both liquid phase and vapour phase applications, and are intended to provide background information for insurers, property owners, specifiers and fire safety managers regarding the fire hazards that these installations may introduce into the workplace and the measures that should be taken to mitigate these.

RC27 Recommendations for Space heating hazard classification

Published

2014

This classification system applies to equipment providing heating in industrial, commercial and some residential properties.

RC28 Recommendations for Spark dectection and suppressions on pneumatic conveying

Published

2006

 These recommendations outline the safety considerations for fire detection and suppression systems used in such applications.

RC29 Recommendations for Spark Erosion Machining

Published

2006

These recommendations concern electrical discharge machining (EDM), sometimes known as spark erosion machining, which is a known source of serious fires in engineering premises.

RC30 Electrical equipment in flammable and explosive gaseous atmospheres

Published

2005

This document gives guidance on the selection, installation and maintenance of electrical and nonelectrical equipment for use in potentially flammable/explosive atmospheres involving gas or vapour.

RC31 Recommendations in automotive refinishing and paint spraying

Published

2008

These recommendations concern the key aspects of property protection in automotive refinishing processes involving the application of paint and similar surface treatments using flammable or highly flammable liquids. Such processes involve mixing, spraying, drying, baking/curing and cleaning.

RC32 Recommendations for paint spraying

Published

2008

These recommendations concern the key aspects of property protection in processes involving the spraying of paint and similar surface treatments using powders and flammable or highly flammable liquids, with subsequent stoving and curing.

RC33 Recommendations for the risk management of portable accommodation units

Published

2021

This new edition of RC33 has been published in recognition of the more widespread use of portable accommodation units across many business types, and to ensure the safety of staff, contractors, visitors and others who may have recourse to visit the premises – while also incorporating COVID-19 requirements for effective social distancing. It has also been updated from the original published in 2003 to address legislative changes - in particular the requirement for a suitable and sufficient fire risk assessment - and to address other changes and developments related to BS and BSEN standards, certifications schemes and guidance.

RC34

Published

n/a

This document is no longer available.

RC35 Protection of Buildings against lightning strike

Published

2013

This document explains the threat to businesses posed by lightning strikes and outlines the basis of the risk assessment process set out in BS EN 62305: Parts 1 to 4. Although the principle threat from a lightning strike is to life safety, this publication also provides advice and guidance relating to the threat to property and the potential to paralyse a business, causing considerable disruption, financial loss, and damage to electronic systems, computers, and communication links.

RC36 Recommendations for Fire prevention on Bakery ovens

Published

2005

This document aims to provide an understanding of the types of ovens used in the baking industry; the fire hazards associated with them and the appropriate fire protection measures which should be considered.

RC37 Recommendations Control of fire hazards from electrical lighting in Commercial risks

Published

2018

These recommendations outline the fire hazards associated with the various forms of lighting that are to be found in a modern workplace. Practical advice is provided, not only regarding the protection of life but also the protection of property and disruption to business continuity. This updated version 2 release includes interactive checklist.

RC38 Recommendations for frost protection measures for sprinklers

Published

2004

These recommendations give specific measures for fitting electrical heating systems, including electrical trace-heating systems, the maintenance of such systems and the precautions to be taken to ensure that an effective heating system is in operation.

RC39 Recommendations for Fire risk management in Printing - Part 1

Published

2007

These recommendations provide guidance on the prevention of fire and the mitigation of the effects of fire in printing processes.

RC40 Fire safety recommendations in the Electronic Manufacturing Industry

Published

2011

This document is intended to provide a practical guide to insurers and their clients regarding fire hazards and appropriate control measures associated with the manufacture of components and finished products in clean environments in the electronics industry.

RC41 Asbestos - Managing the release of hazardous materials following a fire

Published

2008

This document is one of a series of documents concerned with hazardous materials that may be present in the workplace that requires specific consideration for the protection of property, life, and the environment.

RC42 Fire Safety of Unattended premises

Published

2011

These recommendations are applicable to processes which, while involving the application or production of heat, are required to run unattended for significant periods of time either within or outside of normal working hours. Examples include engineering processes, such as gear cutting and spark erosion, injection moulding, the firing of pottery and similar operations. They also include some processes such as those in the baking and printing industries.

RC43 Fire Safety the storage and use of oxidising materials

Published

2007

These recommendations present fire safety measures relating to the storage and use of inorganic and organic oxidising chemicals, other than military or civilian explosives.

RC44 Recommendations for Fire Risk assessment of catering extract ventilation

Published

2022

This 2nd Edition of RC44 provides background information on grease residues that can result from different styles of cooking and on the main components of extract systems. It has been revised to address development in cleaning practices and changes introduced to TR19® by the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA).

RC45 Fire Safety in the Electroplating Industry

Published

2010

These recommendations outline the property protection measures appropriate to the electroplating industry either as independent operations or as part of combined industrial processes.

RC46 Risk control for biofuel manufacturing facilities

Published

2021

This guide covers property risk control and fire safety in the commercial manufacture of liquid biofuels. The the scope of the original guide, which focused on small-scale biodiesel production, has been expanded to cover bioethanol production plants and a full range of biofuel facilities up to large industrial scale manufacturing plants.

RC47 Recommendations for the management of fire detection and alarm systems in the workplace

Published

2020

These recommendations introduce the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) CFOA Guidance for the reduction of false alarms and unwanted fire signals, which explains the user’s obligations to conform to this document and highlights the inconsistent approach to application of the agreement by FRSs. Emphasis is given to the need to minimise unwanted fire alarm signals caused by premises false alarms, and how this may be carried out in practice.

RC48 Arson Prevention

Published

2010

All businesses are potential targets for deliberate fire-raising; these recommendations present a range of measures that may be considered to assist business and property owners to reduce the arson risk.

RC49 Recommendations for the storage, handling and use of acetylene cylinders

Published

2016

These recommendations give guidance to insurers and fire safety managers regarding the unique risk that acetylene cylinders present in the workplace.

RC50 Fire Safety in the Construction and use of Saunas

Published

2009

These recommendations outline the property protection measures applicable to the provision and use of saunas using electric heating units in health clubs, leisure centres, hotels and similar facilities.

RC51 Recommendations regarding Smoking at Work

Published

2013

Following legislation throughout the UK prohibiting smoking in the workplace, these recommendations provide practical advice on the application of ‘no-smoking’ legislation, including the provision of smoking shelters.

RC52 Recommendations for fire safety in solvent recovery processes

Published

2013

These recommendations provide practical guidance regarding the management and use of large and small scale solvent recovery plants using distillation and carbon absorption, the two most commonly encountered processes. 

RC53 Recommendations for fire safety in the use of thermal oxidation plant

Published

2012

These recommendations aim to ensure that the flammable concentrations of inlet gases to be treated remain well below their lower explosive limits and effective process control safety measures are observed. 

RC54 Fire Safety at Recycling Centres

Published

2011

These recommendations apply to local authority and privately managed sites where small quantities of wide spectrum of waste materials are brought by residents and small business operations for recycling.

RC55 Recommendations for fire safety in the storage, handling and use of flammable and highly flammable liquids

Published

2015

These recommendations present measures relating to fire safety in the storage, handling and use of highly flammable and flammable liquids (which may include solvents, adhesives, resins etc) having a flashpoint of up to 55°C.

RC56 Recommendations for fire safety in the storage, handling and use of highly flammable and flammable liquids: storage in containers other than external fixed tanks

Published

2015

These recommendations give advice on the storage of flammable and highly flammable liquids in industry. Information includes the design of secondary containment areas for external storage, internal flammable liquid stores and flammable liquid cupboards for the workplace. Detailed guidance includes advice on ventilation, containment, the heating of stores, the selection of electrical equipment and provisions in case of spillage.

RC57 Recommendations for fire safety in the storage, handling and use of highly flammable and flammable liquids: storage in external fixed tanks

Published

2015

These recommendations give advice on the storage of flammable and highly flammable liquids in external fixed tanks located either above or below ground level. Guidance is presented on the layout of the installations, fire prevention and protection measures and the fire safety management of the facilities. The information is provided in a manner that follows the ‘VICES’ criteria set out in the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmosphere Regulations.

RC58 Recommendations for Fire Safety in Laundries

Published

2011

This document is intended to provide a practical guide to insurers and their clients regarding fire hazards and appropriate control measures associated with industrial and commercial laundries including those that operate in large establishments such as hospitals, hotels, holiday centres and prisons.

RC59 Fire safety when charging electric vehicles

Published

2021

This document aims to provide practical guidance to insurers and their clients on fire hazards and appropriate control measures associated with the charging of electric vehicles in public places, on commercial and industrial premises and within or in the vicinity of residential premises (such as blocks of flats, care homes and sheltered accommodation). The number of electric vehicles on the road and in use in workplaces (including warehouses and industrial sites) has risen quickly over the past few year, and given government environmental initiatives this is likely to increase further over the coming years, alongside an significantly increased requirement for charging points. Since this RC document was first published, not only have the volume of electric vehicles in use increased, but there have been advances in charging technologies - including the introduction of ‘fast charging’ and a far wider range of adapters for some specific vehicle types. This revised RC document considers the risks these changes present, outlines management controls to minimise the potential for fire and also highlights additional practical advice on measures to improve safety arrangements.

RC60 Fire safety with food smoking processes

Published

2015

These recommendations set out fire safety measures that should be addressed when carrying out smoking of food products in a commercial environment. They are applicable, in the most part, to batch processes carried out within modern food production facilities but advice is also provided for traditional outdoor smoking kilns.

RC61 Recommendations for the storage, handling and use of batteries

Published

2016

This document aims to provide practical guidance to insurers and their clients on fire hazards and appropriate control measures associated with the selection, storage, charging and use of batteries in commercial and industrial premises.

RC62 Recommendations for fire safety with photovoltaic panel installations

Published

2016

These recommendations provide guidance and background information relating to fire safety concerning the installation of photovoltaic panels on residential, commercial and industrial premises. Consideration is given to the location and fitting of the panels on buildings, and some aspects of electrical safety, where this has an impact on the prevention of fires. Guidance is also provided regarding the safety of firefighters, particularly from electrical hazards associated with the DC side of the installation.

RC63 Recommendations for minimising impact of legionella in firefighting systems

Published

2015

These recommendations outline the potential low-level threat to personnel from the growth of legionella bacteria in fixed firefighting installations. Measures to address the hazards associated with the design, installation, maintenance and management of these systems are identified and measures to minimise the growth of legionella bacilli discussed.

RC64: Recommendations for fire safety with small biomass installations

Published

2019

These recommendations provide advice regarding the selection, storage, handling and use of biomass fuels. The nature of the hazards and forms of fire protection measures that should be considered for biomass installations are discussed together with measures that may be taken to reduce the hazards associated with the self heating of fuel. These Recommendations refer to small commercial systems rather than large industrial plant.

RC65 Recommendations for fire safety with 3D printing

Published

2018

These recommendations have been produced to minimise the likelihood and consequences of a fire involving a 3D printer c inommerce and industry. The term 3D printing relates to a wide range of processes using diverse equipment and a broad spectrum of applied materials. The advice is not intended to apply to 3D printing undertaken in a domestic environment.

RC66 Recommendations for sourcing fire safety products and services

Published

2018

This document aims to provide independent explanatory guidance to insurers and their clients to assist them to obtain reliable, high quality products and services. It also provides understanding on the terms and procedures to assist in the acquisition of reliable fire-related products and services.

RC67 Recommendations for electrical safety in the event of a fire - Interactive PDF

Published

2018

These recommendations provide practical guidance to insurers and their clients regarding electrical hazards in the workplace and particularly those that may be encountered by firefighters responding to fire calls from commercial and industrial premises. Features an interactive checklist.

RC68 Recommendations for fire safety in catering establishments

Published

2020

These recommendations apply to the installation, management, operation and maintenance of cooking appliances and related equipment in commercial catering kitchens. These include various forms of ovens, grilles, griddles, broilers, rotisseries and bratt pans which – together with deep fat fryers – present serious fire hazards. The advice includes a section specifically concerning frying ranges used in fish and chip shops that are open to the public.