Fire Fighting Foam Standards

International Standards

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Foam concentrates are tested by manufacturers to meet Internationally recognised extinguishment, burnback and proportioning standards.

A quality foam supplier will supply foam concentrates that meet one or more of the following standards:

  • UL 162         
  • ICAO Levels B & C
  • BS EN 1568: 2008 Parts 1-4

These are critical application tests in that foam concentrates are tested to the minimum application rate required to extinguish a fire.

Aberdeen Foam: International Standards summary


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UL 162 is an Internationally recognised test method carried out by the UL (Underwriters Laboratory), an independent not-for-profit organisation.
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In the UK, the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) requires a foam concentrate for use in Civilian Airports to be tested using potable (fresh) water to ICAO Level A, B or C.
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BS EN 1568: 2008 is a European Standard that critically tests a foam for both extinguishment and burnback in sea and potable (fresh) water.
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The IMO (International Maritime Organization) has two testing standards - IMO MSC.1/Circ.1312 and MSC Circ.670.
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For UK offshore helidecks, the standard adopted by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is CAP 437 – Standards for Offshore Helicopter Landing Areas, Chapter 5, paragraph 2.6.
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On behalf of a consortium of 16 oil companies, a project was initiated in the late 1990s to review the risks associated with large diameter (greater than 40m) open top floating roof storage tanks.
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MIL-F-24385 is a US Military Test Specification that critically tests AFFFs for both extinguishment and burnback in sea and potable (fresh) water.
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NFPA 11 is a US Standard for Low-, Medium-, and High-Expansion Fire Fighting Foam.
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