QLD – Hendry advises that various Australian Standards for the maintenance of active prescribed fire safety installations have reporting instructions, generally provided for by the requirement of an on site Specialist Maintenance Contractor logbook. These Specialist Maintenance Contractor logbooks form the basis in turn, for the preparation of the mandatory Annual Occupier’s Statement.

One of the auditing services Hendry provides for building owners or managers is the availability of a comprehensive assessment of the fire safety installations, detailed in the Specialist Maintenance Contractor logbook.

Performing an audit of the Specialist Maintenance Contractors logbooks by an independent person ensures that the contractors’ services are being provided in accordance with the contract, thereby ensuring that the requirements of the Annual Occupiers Statement are met and that the interests of the building owner and manager are safeguarded.

Clients should be aware that the following active fire safety installations require reporting systems or Specialist Maintenance Contractor logbooks to be provided:

  • Air conditioning systems
  • Alarm systems
  • Atrium smoke control
  • Building occupant warning system
  • Carpark mechanical ventilation
  • Emergency lifts
  • Emergency lighting
  • Emergency power supply
  • Emergency warning and intercommunication systems
  • Exit signs
  • Fire brigade connections
  • Fire control centres
  • Fire control panels
  • Fire curtains
  • Fire dampers
  • Fire detectors
  • Fire doors
  • Fire extinguishers (portable)
  • Fire hose reel
  • Fire hydrants
  • Fire mains
  • Fire-rated access panels
  • Fire shutters
  • Fire windows
  • Mechanical ventilation systems
  • Smoke control measures
  • Smoke doors
  • Smoke vents
  • Sound and intercom system
  • Sprinkler systems
  • Stairwell pressurisation systems
  • Wall wetting sprinklers

A number of the above fire safety installations appear in Australian Standard AS 1851-2005 ‘Maintenance of fire protection systems and equipment’. This Standard requires a reporting system (or logbooks) to verify that inspections and maintenance works by Specialist Maintenance Contractors have occurred.