AUST – Essential Property Services advises building owners, property managers and occupiers of buildings rely on fire doors inspections for life safety during an emergency, e.g. a fire. Determining whether a fire door was suitable for its use is meaningless where the fire door failed and loss of life has occurred. Part of a building occupier’s protection is a requirement in AS 1905.1-2005 ‘Components for the protection of openings in fire-resistant walls, fire-resistant doorsets’. Section 6.3 Evidence – Fire Door. Clause 6.3.1 Installation states:

6.3. EVIDENCE

6.3.1 Installation

When the installation of a fire-resistant doorset in a building has been completed, the manufacturer or the certifier after fire door inspections have been performed shall provide to the building owner (also the building surveyor) written evidence in the form of a numbered certificate indicating that –

(a) fire door inspections of the installation has been carried out;

(b) each fire-resistant doorset is identical with the tested specimen, or, where there are variations form the tested specimen, variations are in accordance with this Standard; and

(c) as far as can be ascertained during fire door inspections, the fire-resistant doorset has been installed in accordance with this standard.

AS 1905.1 Clause 6.3.2 also requires a fire door schedule of fire door inspections evidence with the numbered certificate and the following information to be provided in a record system and made available if required:

Fire door identification number. Fire door location, Fire door type, Frame type, Nominal dimensions of the door – width, height and thickness, Fire resistance level (FRL), Facing and edging material type, Lockset and closer type, Miscellaneous items (for example, vision panels), Test opinion reference, Date of inspection and Manufacturer or certifier.

Fire Door Inspection Logbook

Permanent fire door inspections maintenance records for fire doors may need to be kept in accordance with AS 1851.7. ‘Maintenance of fire protection equipment’, Fire-resistant doorsets, are usually provided in a fire door inspections logbook format: fire door inspections maintenance records under various state essential safety measures 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 compliance. We strongly suggest you keep fire door inspections records under AS 1851 to protect all parties’ interests. Most States will nominate fire doors as an essential safety measure/ essential fire safety measures, essential safety provisions, fire safety installations, where all fire door inspections verification and maintenance will form part of the Annual Essential Safety Measures Report/ Annual Fire Safety Statement.

Building Legislation Table

Refer to our Building Legislation table for further information on the building control process involving building regulations and fire door maintenance.

Fire Safety Compliance: Fire Safety Measures

Refer to our Fire Safety Measures Identification table for further information on individual fire safety measures.

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