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THE LOSS PREVENTION CERTIFICATION BOARD

List of Approved Fire and Security Products and Services
2007 A specifiers’ guide

LIST OF APPROVED FIRE AND SECURITY PRODUCTS AND SERVICES
Foreword by Chief Fire Officer Frank Sheehan, West Midlands Fire Service Dear Specifier The long awaited implementation of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order (RRO) finally took place on 1 October 2006following much speculation and misinformation about the likely effects of this new legislation. The main emphasis of the RRO is on fire risk assessment and management for life safety. However, effective fire risk assessment and management is obviously also critical for protection of property from fire. Preventing fire, but ensuring that should a fire arise it is speedily and safely put out, not onlysaves lives and property, it also helps protect the planet. The growing awareness of global warming means that we must be mindful of the disastrous environmental impacts of fire and take every step possible to prevent it. One of the best ways of ensuring good fire safety management is to select products, systems and installers that are approved by an independent certification body such as LPCB.This list of approved products and services can help protect people, property and the planet and I recommend it to you.

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January 2007

LIST OF APPROVED FIRE AND SECURITY PRODUCTS AND SERVICES
INTRODUCTION TO THE RED BOOK

WHAT IS APPROVAL? Approval (or certification as it is also known) is independent third party confirmation that products and systems meet and continue to meetappropriate standards. It is different from a test, as approval helps ensure, through regular audits, that the product continues to comply with the prevailing standards, which are themselves, subject to revision and up-issue. The auditing process also helps to confirm that the product available on the marketplace is exactly the same as the product which was originally tested and approved. Approval isbeneficial to everyone in the supply chain, from the manufacturer to the end client because it gives peace of mind that the product meets the standard. THE APPROVAL PROCESS At its simplest, the LPCB approval process uses existing standards as the basis for listing. However, where no standards exist, we approve innovative products by drawing on the experience of our scientists, engineers and expertgroups to devise a suitable assessment regime for the product or service concerned. Loss Prevention Standards (LPSs) are developed by our own experts with input from others before they are published. They are then subject to independent scrutiny by a team of experts including trade bodies, regulators, insurers, designers, manufacturers and installers. Over the years many of our Loss PreventionStandards have been incorporated into other British, European and International Standards and nowadays, if our Board is satisfied that these other standards are suitable, then we use them as the basis for approval instead. The LPCB approval process starts with rigorous assessment and initial type testing of products and services to help ensure that they meet quality standards. Approval of the productslisted in the ‘Red Book’ is usually based on testing undertaken by our world renowned testing laboratories. In addition we carry out regular and rigorous checks of production processing and installation and maintenance requirements as necessary. Together these checks help ensure that the product you select will offer the required level of protection and security. We welcome the comments andinvolvement of our ‘Red Book’ users from around the world to help us make sure that the standards we use meet their needs. RED BOOK LISTING Once we are satisfied that a product, service or company meets the necessary standards, we issue a certificate and list them in the ‘Red Book’. This volume lists approved fire and security products and services. A companion volume lists companies approved to ISO...
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