VIC – Essential Property Services advises that a number of clients ask us, what is the frequency of inspections for their essential services/ essential safety measures contained in their building which was built or altered pre-June 2005 under the Building Regulations and the Building Code of Australia (BCA). The system prior to this date left a lot to be desired in terms of nomination of the essential services / essential safety measures inspection and maintenance requirements.

The following essential services/ essential safety measures table is extracted from a previously issued Victorian Building Commission’s Practice Note.

Note: It has been issued to building surveyors as ‘a guide’ in the nomination for essential services / essential safety measures performance, nature and frequency of inspection or testing that are to be included in occupancy permits and maintenance determinations. An essential safety measures auditor must be aware that any one of these essential safety measures could be installed in a building and required to be recorded in the essential safety measures logbook.

Pre June 2005 Essential Safety Measures

Item

Essential Service to be inspected or tested

Installation standards/ level of performance

Nature of inspection or test, frequency

1

Air conditioning systems

AS 1668

Monthly to AS 1851.6 AS 3666

2

Emergency lifts

BCA E3.4, AS 1735.2

Weekly to Occupational Health and Safety (Plant) Regs 1995

3

Emergency lighting

BCA Part E4, AS/ NZS 2293.1

6 monthly to AS/ NZS 2293.2

4

Emergency power supply

BCA Spec G3 .8

6 monthly

5

Emergency Warning and Intercommunication Systems

BCA E4.9, Spec E1.5, AS 2220

Monthly to AS 1851.10

6

Exit doors

BCA Section D

3 monthly inspection to confirm exit doors are intact,
operational and fitted with conforming hardware

7

Exit signs

BCA Part E4, AS/ NZS 2293.1

6 monthly to AS/ NZS 2293.2

8

Fire Brigade Connections

BCA Vic H101.9, Vic H103, AS 1670

Weekly to AS 1851.8

9

Fire control centres BCA Spec E1.8 Annual inspection

10

Fire control panels BCA Vic H101.9, AS 4428.1 Weekly to AS 1851.8

11

Fire curtains BCA Spec H1.3 Annual inspection

12

Fire dampers AS 1682.2 Annual inspection

13

Fire detectors and alarm systems AS 1670

Weekly to AS 1851.8

14

Fire doors (including signs) BCA Spec C3.4, AS 1905.1 Monthly to AS 1851.7

15

Fire extinguishers (portable) BCA E1.6, AS 2444 6 monthly to AS 1851.1

16

Fire hose reels BCA E1.4

6 monthly to AS 1851.2

17

Fire hydrants BCA E1.3, AS 2419.1

Weekly to AS 1851.4

18

Fire indices for materials BCA C1.10, AS 1530.3

Annual inspection to confirm no materials with potentially
non-conforming fire indices occur

19

Fire isolated lift shafts BCA Section C

Annual inspection

20

Fire isolated passageways BCA Sections C and D

Annual inspection

21

Fire isolated ramps BCA Sections C and D

Annual inspection

22

Fire isolated stairs BCA Sections C and D

Annual inspection

23

Fire mains BCA Part E1, AS 2118,AS 2419.1

Weekly to AS 1851.4

24

Fire protective coverings BCA Section C

Annual inspection

25

Fire rated access panels BCA Part C3

Annual inspection to AS 1851.7 equivalent

26

Fire rated control joints BCA Section C

Annual inspection

27

Fire rated material applied to building elements BCA Section C

Annual inspection

28

Fire resisting shafts BCA Section C

Annual inspection

29

Fire resisting structures BCA Section C

Annual inspection

30

Fire shutters BCA Spec C3.4, AS 1905.2

Annual inspection

31

Fire windows BCA Spec C3.4

Annual inspection

32

Light weight construction BCA C1.8

Annual inspection

33

Mechanical ventilation systems BCA E2.2, G3.8, Spec H1.3, AS 1668

Monthly to AS 1851.6, AS 3666

34

Paths of travel to exits BCA Section D

3 monthly inspections to confirm travel paths are intact

35

Penetrations in fire-rated structures BCA Part C3

Annual inspection

36

Smoke alarms BCA G3.8, Vic H101.9, Vic H103

Monthly to AS 1851.8 (as applicable)

37

Smoke control measures BCA Part E2, G3.8, Part H1

Monthly to AS 1851.6

38

Smoke doors BCA Spec C3.4

Monthly to AS 1851.7 equivalent

39

Smoke vents BCA E2.4, G3.8, AS 2665

6 monthly to AS 1851.5

40

Sprinkler system BCA E1.5, AS 2118.1, Code of practice for installation of residential life safety sprinkler systems, AS 2118.4

Weekly to AS 1851.3

41

Stairway pressurisation systems BCA E2.2, AS 1668.1

Monthly to AS 1851.6

42

Static storage tanks BCA Part E1 AS 2118, AS 2419.1

Annual inspection

43

Vehicle access for large isolated buildings access is maintained BCA C2.4

Annual inspection to confirm

44

Warning system associated with lifts BCA Part E3

Annual inspection

 ESSENTIAL SERVICES – DIVISION 2 BUILDINGS

45

Fire Brigade reports Refer to previous documentation  

46

Referees determination Refer to previous documentation  

47

Council dispensations Refer to previous documentation  

48

Council fire reports Refer to previous documentation  

49

Building Surveyors directions Refer to previous documentation  

50

Building permits/ approvals Refer to previous documentation  

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