AUST – The Building Code of Australia nominates fire doors as essential safety measures in Part I1 Equipment and Safety Installations. Various state regulations nominate fire door inspections to be performed under AS 1851–2005 ‘Maintenance of fire protection systems and equipment’.
During the course of performing fire door inspections, our essential safety measures assessors view typical ‘critical’ defects to fire doors which occur frequently in our clients’ buildings. The following is a snapshot of typical defects in fire doors in a couple of buildings.
Permanent maintenance records for fire door inspections may need to be kept in accordance with AS1851.7 ‘Maintenance of fire protection equipment’. Fire-resistant doorsets information is usually provided in a fire doors logbook format. Maintenance records under various state essential safety measure regulations will dictate whether this provision is a statutory function under the regulation. Some States may nominate AS 1905.1 as the ongoing Standard for fire doors compliance. We strongly suggest you keep fire door inspections records under AS 1851 to protect all parties’ interests relative to fire doors. Most States will nominate fire doors as an essential safety measure where all fire door inspections verification and maintenance will form part of the Annual Essential Safety Measures Report / Annual Fire Safety Statement.