NT – Essential Property Services advises that fire safety measures known as safety installations in buildings must be maintained in accordance with the Building Code of Australia Volume 1, essential safety measures and Fire and Emergency Regulations 2011 for prescribed buildings. Prescribed buildings are nominated by the Director of Fire and Rescue Services under the FER.

Current Situation

The Building Code of Australia requires a building to be adequately maintained to safeguard people from illness or injury and prevent the loss of amenity. Equipment, installations and components essential to the safety of the people must be adequately maintained in such condition that will enable their proper performance. The BCA applies to buildings being constructed or altered after 1 July 1997.

I1.1 of the BCA requires prescribed “equipment and safety installations” in a building to be maintained in accordance with the requirements of the relevant Australian Standards, including portable fire extinguishers, fire hose reels, automatic fire sprinkler, fire hydrant systems, automatic smoke/ heat venting systems, air handling systems, fire precaution systems, fire door sets, automatic fire detection, EWIS, emergency lighting and exit signage. Maintenance of Energy Efficiency Installations (I2 of the BCA) is excluded under the NT appendix.

The buildings nominated by the Director under the FER require the owner or occupier to give instruction on measures for the protection of persons in the building from fire and other fire related emergencies and keep records of such advice and to whom given. The owner/ occupier must ensure that AS 3745-2010 ‘Planning for emergencies in facilities’ are applied to safety systems that are installed in the building.

FER 2011 Regulation 11, requires owners of a prescribed building to ensure all persons who work in the building are given instruction on emergency procedures Schedule 2 of the FER identifies prescribed buildings and include for example class 3-9

–          Public or private hospitals
–          Public buildings
–          Medical clinics day surgeries or the like
–          Office buildings

Application

Applicable to all class 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 buildings (in leased buildings, the owner is responsible for compliance under the BCA and the owner/ occupier under FER).

Recommendations

Complete a list from building permits and occupancy permit issued on all “equipment and safety installations” installed in the building.

  1. Ensure the objectives of the BCA are met for all “equipment and safety installations” to be tested and maintained in accordance with the relevant Australian Standards.
  2. Investigate whether the FER applies to the building and include all conditions as prescribed by the Director in a logbook.
  3.  Develop and implement a logbook that meets the objectives of the BCA in recording all pertinent information on maintenance/ testing and the requirements of FER when applicable.

Fire Safety Compliance: Fire Safety Measures

Refer to our Fire Safety Measures Identification table for further information on individual Fire Safety Measures including AS 1851 requirements for As Built Drawings.