ESM-13
March 2017

Fire Door Defects – Inspections and Maintenance

AUST  Hendry advises during the course of performing fire door inspections, our essential safety measures assessors view typical ‘critical’ defects to fire doors which occur frequently in our clients’ buildings.

Permanent maintenance records for fire door inspections will need to be kept in accordance with AS 1851-2012 Routine service of fire protection systems and equipment.. Fire-resistant doorsets information is usually provided in a fire door logbook format.

Maintenance records under various state essential safety measure 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 fire doors 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 where all fire door inspections verification and maintenance will form part of the Annual Essential Safety Measures Report, Annual Fire Safety Statement or Annual Occupiers Statement.

Comment: Missing striker plate
Action: Replace striker plate

Comment: Fire door closer missing
Action: Repair or replace fire door closer

Comment: Fire door held open by a device
Action: Remove hold open device

Comment: Fire door frame is severely damaged and distorted
Action: Replace fire door flame and consider installing a bollard to prevent vehicle collisions

Comment: Electromagnetic hold open device is fitted to fire door
Action: Ensure device is activated when building is set into fire mode in accordance with BCA

Comment: Metal roller installed to opening in fire wall is acting as a fire shutter (fire door)
Action: Ensure roller door is an approved fire shutter with a fusible link

Comment: Fire door held open by a device
Action: Remove hold open device

Comment: No Signage installed on fire door
Action: Install signage to fire door on accordance with BCA

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