Standards in Progress

While FM Approvals has developed over 200 Approval Standards that specify the Approval criteria of various types of products and services, we’re always working on developing more and improving the ones that we have. Below we outline the standards that are currently under development.

 

BUILDING MATERIALS

FM 4470, Class 1 Roof Assemblies. Single-Ply, Polymer-Modified Bitumen sheet, Built-Up Roof and Liquid Applied Roof Assemblies for use in class 1 and Noncombustible roof Deck Construction

The standard scope will be revised to include requirements for a Very Severe Hail (VSH) rating as recommended in FM Global Data Sheet 1-34, “Hail Damage”.


 

FM 4478,  Rigid Photovoltaic Modules

The standard scope will be revised allowing testing of roof mounted PV panels above a specific roof assembly and adding a new test for gravity load resistance (such as snow/ice).  Existing wind resistance criteria for ballasted assemblies will be modified.


 

FM 4651,  Plastic Suspended Ceiling Panels

The standard scope will be modified to include other types of temporary and permanent ceilings such as plastic sheets used for interior protection, dust and debris barriers and stretch ceilings.


 

FM 6050, Storage Cabinets (Flammable & Combustible Liquids)

The standard format will be updated and the terminology “flammable” and “combustible” will be changed to “ignitable.”


 

FM 6051, Safety Containers and Filling, Supply & Disposal Containers

The use of gasoline as a test fluid will be replaced with heptane for better test consistency. In addition, the test protocol for flame arresters in equipment will be modified. Formatting changes will also be made at this time.


 

FM 6065,  Funnels/Temporary Barrel Fills

Development of a new Approval standard for temporary barrel fills for ignitable liquids.


 

FM 6086, Storage Containers for IBCs

Development of a new Approval standard for systems/devices that directly reduce the fire hazard created by ignitable liquids contained in composite IBCs by significantly limiting the potential pool size that can be created.


 

FM 6090,  Ignitable Liquid Drainage Systems

Development of a new Approval standard for systems/devices that directly reduce the fire hazard created by ignitable liquids by significantly limiting the potential pool size that can be created by released ignitable liquids.


 

ANSI FM 4880,  Interior Walls. Class 1 Fire Rating of Insulated Wall or Wall and Roof/Ceiling Panels, Interior Finish Materials or Coatings, and Exterior Wall Systems

Update American National Standard.


 

ANSI FM 4881, Class I Exterior Wall systems

Proposed development as an American National Standard.


 

ANSI FM 4930, Cooling  Towers

Proposed development as an American National Standard.


 

FIRE PROTECTION

 

FM 1301, Centrifugal Fire Pumps Split - Multi Stage Multi Outlet Type

New Approval standard which will specify requirements for testing of multi-stage/multi-outlet pumps.


 

FM 1421, Monitor Assembly

The standard will be updated to include the test protocol for evaluating components of remote controlled water monitor assemblies.


 

FM 1613, Polyethylene (PE) Pipe and Fittings for Underground Fire Protection Service

The standard format will be updated and testing protocols updated for testing of new technology pipe resins and materials.


 

FM 1614, Fiber Reinforced Composite (FRC) Pipe and Fittings for Underground Fire Protection Service

The standard format will be updated and testing protocols updated for testing of new technology pipe resins and materials.


 

FM 1951, FM 1952 and FM 1953, Pipe Hanger Components for Automatic Sprinkler Systems

The three standards will be combined into one document.  There are some design aspects in the standard that need to be addressed including a more detailed clarification of beam clamp bolt diameter measurement requirements and related design requirements. The standard will be reformatted to be consistent with FM Approval standards.

 


 

FM 2000, Control Mode Sprinklers for Fire Protection Sprinklers for Fire Protection

FM 2008, Early Suppression, Fast Response Automatic Sprinklers

Revise the existing automatic sprinkler standards (FM 2000 and FM 2008) and align them with changes being made to the FM Global Data Sheets and current full-scale fire test methodology. Incorporate criteria for storage sprinklers, non-storage sprinklers and special protection sprinklers.


 

ANSI FM 1035, Nitrogen Generators

Proposed development as an American National Standard.


 

ANSI FM 5560, Water Mist Systems

Update American National Standard.


  

ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS

FM 3155, Visual Notification Appliances for Automatic Fire Alarm Systems

New Approval standard which will specify requirements for Visual Notification Appliances for Automatic Fire Alarm Signaling Systems


 

FM 3611, Nonincendive Electrical Equipment for Use in Class I and II, Division II, and Class III, Division I and II, Hazardous (Classified) Locations

Modification which will harmonize the requirements with the recently published joint US/Canadian National Standard for Nonincendive Electrical Equipment for Use in Class I and II, Division 2, and Class III, Divisions 1 and 2 for Hazardous (Classified) Locations


 

FM 5700, Explosion Suppression Systems

Modify the standard to clarify the requirements for the system level Approval, eliminate the option of hardware-only Approval and add requirements for isolation valves, diverters and explosion vents with integral deflagration arresters.


 

FM 7151, Liquefied Petroleum Gas Vaporizers, Gas Air Mixers and Vaporizer Mixers

Modification which will harmonize the requirements of the standard with the current version of NFPA 58, Liquefied Petroleum Gas Code


 

FM 7320, Electric Heaters, Air and Immersion

Evaluations to date in this area have been based on existing FM Approvals hazardous locations standards (FM 3600 and FM 3615) and other electrical safety standards. The new standard will cover evaluation of electrically operated air heaters, paint heaters and immersion type heaters for use in hazardous (classified) locations.


 

ANSI FM 3265, Spark Detection and Extinguishing Systems

Proposed development as an American National Standard.


 

ANSI FM 5970, Heavy Duty Mobile Equipment Protection Systems

Proposed development as an American National Standard.


 

ANSI FM 7730, Explosion Vents

Proposed development as an American National Standard.