Passenger Lift Fire Service Controls

Building Code of Australia

The Building Code of Australia in clause E3.7 Fire service controls states “In passenger lifts designed in accordance with AS 1735 Part 1 and 2, all lift cars serving a story above an effective height of 12m must be provided with fire service controls” which are nominated as an essential safety measure. These fire service controls allows the fire brigade during an emergency to determine the extent of use of the lift, maybe for fire fighting purposes or evacuation of occupants or injured persons.

The following photographs depict fire service controls installed in lift panel control in a foyer of a building.

The following is a part extract of clause I1.1 for an Essential Safety Measure (as appeared in BCA 2013) known as fire service controls:

Table I1.9 SAFETY MEASURES – LIFTS

Safety Measures BCA Provision for Determining Standard of Performance
Passenger lift fire service controls E3.7

 

The Standards nominated in clause E3.7 affecting passenger lift fire service controls are:

  • AS 1735.1-2003 Lifts, escalators and moving walls – General requirements
  • AS 1735.2-2001 Lifts, escalators and moving walls – Passenger and goods lift – Electric

Essential Safety Measures Audit – Passenger Lift Fire Service Controls

The essential safety measures auditor to ensure fire safety compliance should check the lift maintenance logbook for fire service controls inspections, testing and maintenance and report any deficiencies in the building’s essential safety measures logbook to allow the signing of the Annual Statement, Annual Certificate Compliance Annual Fire Safety Statement, Annual Maintenance Statement and Annual Occupiers Statement.