AUST – Essential Property Services advises that fire doors must be tagged to show building owners, occupiers, authorities and maintenance contractors the basics relevant to the tested door type which are nominated as essential safety measures. Fire door Inspections must check for compliance tags or metal tags used as markings on fire-resistant doorsets as they are statutory obligation under AS 1905.1 Components for the protection of openings in fire-resistant-walls-Fire resistant doorsets. The Building Code of Australia (BCA) references AS 1905.1 and therefore is part of building approvals process acrossAustralia. Australian Standards Over the years there has been numerous Australian Standards used by various authorities around Australia to control the use of fire doors, some superseded fire door standards are AS CA57.1-1972, AS 1905.2-1976, AS 1905.1-1982, AS 1905.1-1984, AS 1905.1-1990 and AS/NZ 1905.1-1997.

Current Australian Standards relevant to fire doors are AS 1905.1 and AS 1851-2005 Maintenance of fire protection systems and equipment. AS 1905.1-2005 Section 6 Section 6 of AS 1905.1 specifies in detail the requirements for the tagging of fire doors with a metal tag. The metal tag is fixed to the fire door at installation stage by the installer. The metal tag must contain the following information:

FIREDOOR-TO AS 1905.1-2005

FRL-/60/30

MANUFACTURED BY (COMPANY NAME) PTY LTD

APPLICANT – (NAME) PTY LTD

CERTIFIER – (COMPANY NAME) PTY LTD

DOOR TAG NUMBER – G 123

YEAR OF MANUFACTURE – 2005

The metal tag must have a minimum size of 50mm x 25mm and marked with either etching, embossing or stamping with the required information.

The following photographs depict various labels used by installers (manufacturers) to tag a fire door:

Owners and managers via fire door inspections must ensure on an ongoing basis that the metal tag is legible and permanently fixed to the fire door and that all painters are instructed ‘not’ to paint over the metal tag.

Australian Building Legislation Table

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