AUST Hendry advises building owners and property professionals to make themselves aware of the changes to AS1851-2012 Routine Service of Fire Protection Systems and Equipment, especially relative to baseline data which was published on the 16 November 2016. The changes, if adopted could save a considerable amount of money. The initial purpose of the amendment to this standard was for editorial reasons, however the industry was in desperate need for clarification of baseline data and how it should be applied.
Managers should be aware of the changes to this standard in particular, Clause 1.8 Baseline Data, which applies to all routine servicing/testing of active and passive equipment/systems within buildings. Baseline data is the set of data required at the time of installation of a system or equipment to establish the performance benchmark of the approved design.
/ PREVIOUS CLAUSE: AS1851-2012 CLAUSE 1.8 BASELINE DATA
Baseline data is necessary to establish the performance benchmark of fire protection system or equipment. The non-availability of baseline data shall be reported as an non-conformance. Notes:
- Examples of base line data are detailed in Appendix C.
- The complication of base line data is outside the scope of this standard.
- Where baseline data is not known, it should be established.
- At the commencement of the new maintenance arrangements, the fire protection system or equipment should be compared with the approved design and baseline data.
- Where the baseline data is not known, it should be re-established at the commencement of routine service or alternatively during the first year of application of this standard (see paragraph C1 Appendix C).
/ AMENDED CLAUSE: AS1851-2012 CLAUSE 1.8 BASELINE DATA
Baseline data may be required to verify the result of routine service activity required by applicable service schedule. Baseline data required by this standard is limited to that –
(a) Necessary to verify a routine service activity result; and
(b) Prescribed by the regulations codes or standards that applied to the approved design.
Irrespective of the availability of baseline data, the routine service activity shall be carried out and the result recorded and reported. Where required baseline data is available the routine service result shall be verified against it. Where required baseline data is unavailable, its unavailability shall be recorded and reported as a non-conformance, this non-conformance does not fail the overall test activity.
/ CLARIFICATION BASELINE DATA
Prior to the amendment of this standard the implementation and interpretation of baseline data was unclear. Some service contractors whilst undertaking maintenance activities required the creation/submission of baseline data in order to pass the test/inspection. This is turn raised a non-conformance or worse still no test was conducted due to the fact that no baseline data was provided. This therefore had an impact with the buildings compliance status and the signing of the Annual Fire Safety Statement or state equivalent.