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Servicing Fire Safety Equipment

 

Fire equipment must be serviced at regular intervals as outline in Australian Standard 1851. This Australian Standard is called up in the Regulations of the Occupational Health Safety and Welfare Act so this servicing requirement is law. These requirements are also referred to as essential safety measures. An essential safety measure is defined under the Building Regulations 2006 (the Regulations) as an item listed in Tables I1.1 to I1.11 of Volume One of the BCA, except the item in Table I1.4 relating to artificial lighting. This may include safety systems such as:

Air conditioning systems Exit doors Early warning systems
Emergency lifts and lighting Emergency lighting Emergency power supply
Emergency warning systems Exit signs Fire control centres
Fire curtains and doors Fire extinguishers Fire detectors and alarm system
Fire hydrants Fire isolated stairs Fire rated materials
Fire windows Mechanical ventilation Passage ramps
Path of travel to exits Smoke alarms Smoke control systems
  Sprinkler systems  

All buildings other than a house or outbuilding are affected. These include the following Classes as defined in the Building Code of Australia:

  • Class 1b: Some boarding houses, guest houses or hostels
  • Class 2: Buildings containing sole-occupancy unit (e.g. apartments, blocks of flats)
  • Class 3: Backpacker accommodation, residential parts of hotels or motels, residential parts of schools, accommodation for the aged, disabled or children
  • Class 5: Offices for professional or commercial purposes
  • Class 6: Shops or other buildings for sale of goods by retail caf├ęs, restaurants, milk bars, dining rooms, and bars
  • Class 7: Buildings used for car parks, storage or display of goods.
  • Class 8: Laboratories or buildings for production or assembly of goods
  • Class 9: Public buildings such as health care buildings or assembly buildings, nightclubs, bars etc.

FES Services provides professional servicing of all essential safety measures.

 


 
 

 

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