Special Hazards

Building Code of Australia

The Building Code of Australia in Clause I1.1 nominates Special Hazards as an essential safety measure and in Part E1 Fire Fighting Equipment clause E1.10 Provision for special hazards allows for the building surveyor or fire brigade to require the installation of suitable additional provision for special firefighting problems because of:

  • Special hazards that may exist due to the nature or quantity of materials stored, displayed or used in a building or on the allotment
  • Special hazards that may exist due to the location of the building in relation to a water supply for firefighting purposes

The following illustration depicts the requirements for a ‘special hazards’ diesel tanks in a building.

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

Table I1.5 SAFETY MEASURES – FIRE FIGHTING SERVICES AND EQUIPMENT

Safety Measures BCA Provision for Determining Standard of Performance
Provisions for special hazards E1.10

Essential Safety Measures Audit – Special Hazards

A building surveyor/ building certifier will include provisions for special hazards in the essential safety measures determination/ schedule. The maintenance of the special hazard installations may be outside of AS 1851-2005 Maintenance of fire protection systems and equipment. The owner and essential safety measures auditor must look for the special hazards and ascertain the particular conditions for inspection, testing and recording.

During an essential safety measures audit the auditor must register on the building’s essential safety measures logbook any deficiencies noted on special hazards in the fire service contractors logbook to allow the signing of the Annual Statement, Annual Certificate Compliance, Annual Fire Safety Statement, Annual Maintenance Statement and Annual Occupiers Statement.