The Victorian Government is implementing the fire protection maintenance standard AS1851 – 2012 for routine servicing of fire protection systems and equipment in all new and existing buildings.
Victoria is the last of all Australian states and territories to adopt the standard, enabling national businesses to streamline the maintenance of fire protection systems and equipment across their operations.
General manager of business services at fire protection specialist at Wormald, John Lynch, said, “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 meant taking an inefficient, siloed approach to fire safety.”
The standard identifies systems for categorising defects, improving fire safety measures and eliminating inefficiencies across businesses.
The defects are classified as critical, which renders a system inoperative and is likely to have an impact on the safety of the building occupants; non critical, where a system impairment or faulty component that is unlikely to seriously affect the operation of the system; and non-conformance defects, where features are missing or incorrect but do not affect how the system operates.
Lynch went on to say, “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.”