Proper fire suppression can be a key component in the protection of personnel, equipment, and facilities from fire hazards in the area or surrounding areas. SMS has applied risk assessment methodologies to help design and verify fire suppression systems.
Fire suppression analysis includes an assessment/ qualitative hazards evaluation of the nozzles, valves, pull stations, etc. The analysis also includes on-site inspection of the deluge system, inspection of the deluge system UV detectors, deluge (heads) valves, discharge nozzles, solenoid valves, pull stations, and associated controls. Investigation/ verification of interfaces between the fire suppression system and the protected systems is also performed. A summary of fire suppression guidelines and requirements is also performed based on the DOD Contractor’s Safety Manual (DOD 4145.26-M), NFPA 15, AMC-R 385-100, and MIL STD 1008.
Following the analysis and on-site visit, SMS will assign a hazardous risk category to each failure cause identified. The hazard category consists of a number and letter designation that when combined defines the degree of risk and the frequency of occurrence associated with the failure (reference MIL-STD-882E).
When deficiencies are found, Safety Action Requests (SARs) will be issued during the analysis process. The SAR allows for work on the recommendation before the formal report is published. It also provides a system to identify progress and documents the corrective action and final closeout.
At the conclusion of the project, a report is provided that documents the identified potential failure scenarios, the risk mitigating design features and procedures, the qualitative ranking of the failure scenarios, recommendations, and a discussion of significant issues.