Wormald urges national businesses to standardise maintenance of fire protection

WormaldFollowing the Victorian Government’s adoption of Australian Standard AS 1851-2012 Routine service of fire protection systems and equipment for all new and existing buildings, Wormald is urging national businesses to streamline the maintenance of fire protection systems and equipment across all their operations.

Historically, the routine servicing of fire protection systems and equipment has been regulated differently in each state and territory.

For those businesses operating across multiple states or indeed nationwide, this has meant taking an inefficient, siloed approach to fire safety.

As Victoria joins all other Australian states and territories in adopting AS1851, a new national benchmark for best-practice has been set. Building owners and occupiers are encouraged to adopt this as standard operating procedure.

This can help to improve fire safety measures, reduce administrative costs and eliminate duplication and inefficiencies across the business.

A standardised system for categorising defects

AS1851-2012 prescribes routine servicing activities for fire protection systems and equipment to help ensure these are kept in proper working order.

Importantly, the Standard identifies a clear and compelling system for categorising defects. Adopting this system across all operations can streamline the maintenance and servicing of fire protection systems.

It makes it easier to identify and manage defects in a consistent manner. Improved reporting and management also helps to reduce the risk of error, enhances efficiency and may decrease costs.

Under AS1851-2012, defects are classified as follows.

• Critical defects render a system inoperative and are reasonably likely to have a significant adverse impact on the safety of building occupants. For example, an impaired water supply which is unable to provide water to a sprinkler system.
• Non-critical defects include a system impairment or faulty component that is unlikely to critically affect the operation of the system. For example, a local alarm bell that isn’t working.
• Non-conformance defects include those features that are missing or incorrect and are required to facilitate ongoing routine service, but do not affect how the system operates. For example, missing or incorrect zone block plans.

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