Essential Safety Measures Audit – Smoke Doors
If your building is constructed in a state that requires maintenance of essential safety measures (smoke doors) to comply with Australian Standards, then a statutory document (essential safety measures determination/ schedules) will probably exist on your building nominating the performance standard for maintenance. Those states which have a Schedule nominating the maintenance requirements for essential safety measures (smoke doors) will most certainly call up AS 1851-2005 for the maintenance criteria for smoke doors.
Table 17.4.4 in AS 1851-2005 headed “Inspection, Test, Preventative Maintenance, Survey and Records Schedule – For Hinged and Pivoted Smoke Doors”, provides 4 full pages of items to be inspected and tested on smoke doors. All items nominated such as smoke doors require 3, 6 and 12 monthly inspection frequency.
For those managers whose state regulations do not nominate AS 1851-2005 as the maintenance standard for smoke doors, they should seriously consider adopting the Standard to safe guard the building owner’s interests in case they are called to account by an authority requesting to view the essential safety measures logbook relative to smoke doors.
An essential safety measures auditor must have a working knowledge of AS 1851-2005 and be able to perform adequately a smoke doors inspection to allow the signing of the Annual Statement, Annual Certificate Compliance, Annual Fire Safety Statement, Annual Maintenance Statement and Annual Occupiers Statement.