AUST Hendry advises building owners, property professionals and contractors the need to be aware that an annual System Interface Test (also known as Full Function Fire Systems Test) is mandatory where the requirements of Australian Standard AS1851-2012 (and 2005) are applicable as essential safety measures stemming from each states building regulations.
To facilitate better operational reliability of fire protection systems, amendments were made to AS1851-2005 ‘Maintenance of Fire Protection Equipment and Systems’ to include a requirement for building owners, managers and contractors to complete a System Interface Test annually.
This means where fire systems are interfaced with other building systems (life safety), these interfaces must be tested annually through a System Interface Test, before signing the annual maintenance statement.
/ TIMING OF TEST
Since a System Interface Test may be disruptive to building operations, it is recommended that the building owner or facility manager’s representative engages an independent and suitably experienced consultant (to attend the SIT as a witness) such as Hendry to minimise the time taken to complete the System Interface Test, and to communicate with building owners, engineers, facility managers and contractors to coordinate and manage the testing of the interfaced fire protection systems.
/ SPECIALIST EXISTING CONTRACTORS
Depending on the size and type of occupancy, the System Interface Test may require the services of a mechanical and hydraulic engineer, technicians specialising in fire alarms, sprinklers, HVAC (heating, ventilation and air-conditioning), electrical power, vertical transport and building management systems (some would be the maintenance contractors for the building).
Accurate fire protection system interface documentation is critical to facilitating a successful System Interface Test and must be provided, obtained or created prior to the System Interface Test commencing.