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. Continue reading

South Australia adopts fire protection maintenance standard AS 1851-2012

By John Lynch, General Manager, Wormald Business Support Services

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From 1 May 2015, AS1851-2012 Routine Service of Fire Protection Systems and Equipment came into effect as the required standard for fire protection maintenance for all new buildings in South Australia.

The South Australian Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure has amended the ‘Minister’s Specification SA 76-Maintenance and Testing of Safety Installations Schedule of Essential Safety Provisions’, dated January 2000, with the newly drafted ‘Minister’s Specification SA 76-Maintenance of Essential Safety Provisions – 2015 edition’.

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Queensland adopts AS 1851-2012 as their mandatory fire systems and equipment maintenance standard

By Garry Kwok, National Manager, Technical Services Group

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Amendments have been made to the Queensland Development Code (QDC) Mandatory Part 6.1 (MP6.1) Commissioning and maintenance of fire safety installations, in a move that formally adopts the 2012 edition of Australian Standard AS 1851 Routine service of fire protection systems and equipment. The changes officially came into effect from 1 July, 2014 however there will be a six month transition period[1].

The amendment is welcome news for Queensland’s building owners and facility managers and fire protection service providers who are set to benefit from the changes which are designed to deliver better fire safety outcomes for the community. Continue reading

A facility manager’s guide to Australian Standard AS1851

By Garry Kwok, National Manager, Technical Services Group

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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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