The paper contends that demonstrable risk reduction requires defined fire system performance standards that are verified on a regular basis. It represents the contents of the "Fire Systems Integrity Assurance" guidance document of the International Association of Oil & Gas Producers, to be published in 2000.

Non functioning of expensive fire detection or protection systems can result in them failing to fulfil their risk reduction potential. Drawing on practical experience from oil and gas installations the paper gives examples of how to avoid failures if the appropriate fire system performance standards are not set and verified.

The paper offers recommendations for management, in terms of an approach to design, construction, commissioning, maintenance, inspection and recording to meet fire and explosion risk reduction criteria.

This will be presented as a poster session in the fifth SPE HSE conference in Stavanger in 2000.

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