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Compulsory Tagging of Fire Doors

AUST  Hendry advises fire doors must be tagged to show building owners, occupiers, maintenance contractors and authorities the basics relevant to the tested door type. Fire door Inspections must check for compliance tags or metal tags used as markings on fire-resistant doorsets as they are a statutory obligation under AS 1905.1.

The Building Code of Australia references AS 1905.1 and therefore is part of the building approvals process across Australia. Over the years there have been numerous Australian Standards used by various authorities around Australia to control the use of fire doors; some superseded fire door standards include AS CA57.1-1972, AS 1905.2- 1976, AS 1905.1-1982, AS 1905.1-1984, AS 1905.1-1990 and AS/NZ 1905.1-1997. Current Australian Standards relevant to fire doors are AS 1905.1 and AS 1851-2012 ‘Routine service of fire protection systems and equipment ’. AS 1905.1- 2005 Section 6 and Section 6 of AS 1905.1 specifies in detail the requirements for the tagging of fire doors with a metal tag.

The tag is fixed to the fire door at installation stage by the installer. The tag must contain the following information:

  • FIRE DOOR COMPLIES WITH AS 1905.1
  • FIRE RESISTANCE LEVEL
  • MANUFACTURED BY (COMPANY NAME) PTY LTD
  • APPLICANT – (NAME) PTY LTD
  • CERTIFIER – (COMPANY NAME) PTY LTD
  • DOOR TAG NUMBER
  • YEAR OF MANUFACTURE

The tag must have a minimum size of 50mm x 25mm and marked with either etching, embossing or stamping with the required information. Owners and managers via fire door inspections must ensure on an ongoing basis that the tag is legible and permanently fixed to the fire door and that all painters are instructed not to paint over the tag.

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