Standard Test Method for Rate of Burning and/or Extent and Time of Burning of Plastics in a Horizontal Position
|Publication Date:||10 July 1998|
|ICS Code (Plastics in general):||83.080.01|
|ICS Code (Ignitability and burning behaviour of materials and products):||13.220.40|
1.1 This fire-test-response test method covers a small-scale laboratory screening procedure for comparing the relative linear rate of burning or extent and time of burning, or both, of plastics in the form of bars, molded or cut from sheets, plates, or panels, and tested in the horizontal position.
NOTE 1--This test method, Clause 8 of IEC Draft 695-11-10 and Method A of ISO 1210-1992 are technically equivalent.
NOTE 2--For additional information on materials which do not burn to the first reference mark by this test, see Test Method D 3801.
1.2 This test method was developed for polymeric materials used for parts in devices and appliances. The results are intended to serve as a preliminary indication of their acceptability with respect to flammability for a particular application. The final acceptance of the material is dependent upon its use in complete equipment that conforms with the standard applicable to such equipment.
1.3 The classification system described in the appendix is intended for quality assurance and the preselection of component materials for products.
1.4 The test method is not intended to cover plastics when used as materials for building construction or furnishing.
1.5 This test method should be used to measure and describe the response of materials, products, or assemblies to heat and flame under controlled laboratory conditions and should not be used to describe or appraise the fire hazard for fire risk of materials, products, or assemblies under actual fire conditions. However, results of this test method may be used as elements of a fire risk assessment that takes into account all of the factors that are pertinent to an assessment of the fire hazard of a particular end use.
1.6 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use. For specific hazards statements, see 9.2.1.