AUST – Essential Property Services advises our fire door inspections show that facility and property managers should audit the contractor who audits the stair pressurisation system in fire isolated stairways.

The contractor is required to inspect and report on whether the relief vent is operating satisfactorily as this is part of the essential safety measures system. Some relief vents have not operated correctly when the system has been subsequently audited.  This has caused the fire doors to be extremely difficult to open (and possibly exceed the maximum opening door force of 110N allowed by the Building Code of Australia (BCA) in the stairwell when the system is activated.

Australian Building Legislation Table

For an overview of each State and Territory’s Building Control System relative to essential safety measures maintenance requirements, refer to our Australian Building Legislation Table.