Changes to vehicle fire protection standard AS5062-2006 announced

Wormald_VFS standard 2Owners and operators of mobile and transportable equipment are urged to familiarise themselves with the recently announced changes to Australian Standard AS 5062-2016 Fire protection for mobile and transportable equipment.

With new requirements for maintenance including routine service tolerance frequencies, baseline data reporting and risk assessment, the revised standard promotes improved fire safety for mobile plant used in transport, mining, forestry, civil works and port facilities.

AS 5062-2016 specifies the minimum requirements for the design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of vehicle fire suppression systems. It is intended to be applied to new equipment, and can also be applied to existing equipment.

Wormald urges mobile equipment owners and operators to adopt AS5062-2016 as best practice and familiarise themselves with the revised standard.

Key changes:

1. Provisions for tolerance testing and routine service have been introduced from Australian Standard AS1851-2012 Routine service of fire protection systems and equipment. These specify how often equipment must be serviced and outline tolerance periods should routine servicing occur outside the scheduled date.

This change is designed to encourage timely routine servicing, helping to ensure that fire protection systems will perform as intended in the event of an emergency.

2. Additional reporting requirements are now in place. The Standard specifies the requirement for ‘Baseline Data’ to be provided for any installed fire protection systems and equipment. This data provides benchmark performance criteria and includes details on how the system is installed, what it is designed for and how it is intended to perform.

It is later compared to the results of subsequent periodic servicing activities to determine whether the fire protection system is still performing as per its intended purpose.

A consultative risk assessment approach still forms part of AS5062-2016. Risk assessments must be undertaken by qualified personnel in conjunction with many stakeholders, such as equipment operators and maintainers, owners, the manufacturer’s representative, suppliers, hirers, insurers and specialist fire consultants may also be involved, as applicable. This process recognises that fire hazards and risks associated with mobile and transportable equipment are often too complex to be fully understood by one person.

For more information on Wormald’s range of Vehicle Fire Suppression Systems and inspection and testing services, visit www.wormald.com.au or call 133 166.

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