VIC – A number of Essential Property Services 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: Note that 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|
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