A facility manager’s guide to Australian Standard AS1851

By Garry Kwok, National Manager, Technical Services Group

Wormald maintenance

Standards are published documents setting out specifications and procedures designed to ensure products, services and systems are safe, reliable and consistently perform the way they were in intended to. They establish a common language which defines quality and safety criteria.(Standards Australia)

From this definition, it’s easy to see why standards are an important consideration for building managers. Fire protection standards, in particular, exist to help ensure a building’s fire safety equipment and systems are kept in a functional state that allows them to operate at all times.  Simply put, what is installed must work.

Keeping up to date with the specifications and procedures set out in fire protection standards and legislation should be top of mind for anyone responsible for building safety.

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