SA – Essential Property Services assists property managers in the education of their stakeholders (clients and occupiers/tenants) for their respective obligations under the essential safety provisions contained in the Development Regulations 2008 and Building Rules Certification.

Our property managers are provided with documentation from our office which they are able to re-badge and send to the building owner and each tenant in a building.

The following is an example covering letter and an explanation report designed to make the building owner and tenant aware of their obligation:

The Tenant/ Occupier

RE: Essential Safety Provisions Audits

Essential Property Services Pty Ltd (EPS) has been engaged by XXXX to undertake inspection of the passive essential safety provisions and audit the maintenance and testing of any active essential safety provisions in the building you occupy or lease, for example:

  • Exit signs/ emergency lights
  • Fire extinguishers, Fire hydrants
  • Fire hose reels, Fire sprinkler systems
  • Mechanical ventilation systems
  • Other measures noted in ‘equipment and safety installations summary’ below that may be installed in your premises.

Basic Inspection Requirements

  • EPS to undertake an inspection of egress, exits, exit doors and paths of travel from premises.
  • EPS to undertake an inspection of fire resistant structures and elements at the premises.
  • EPS to undertake an audit of any logbooks on site relating to Essential Safety Provisions.

Annual Certificate of Compliance

Upon compiling reports and audit results EPS will issue the mandatory Annual Certificate of Compliance by the relevant anniversary date for the building.

Part of EPS’s role is to provide an Annual Certificate of Compliance.  To facilitate this it is necessary for EPS to undertake a passive essential safety provisions building inspection and verify the details of the other contractors that inspect and test the active essential safety provisions.

To assist with the collection of information relating to the maintenance and testing of the active fire safety measures please ensure that any records that you may have at your premises relating to essential safety provisions are made available to the EPS building assessors that are engaged to routinely inspect your premises under AS 1851.

The EPS assessors will give to you a letter and request to provide certain information about the contractors that provide maintenance and testing services relative to essential safety provisions that exist at your premises.  This document needs to be completed and sent back to the offices of EPS or if information is available can be given to the EPS assessors at the time of the site inspection., our building surveyors can overview problem documents.

Yours sincerely,

Essential Property Services.

Fire Safety Compliance: Essential Safety Provisions

Refer to our Essential Safety Provisions identification table and Schedule of Essential Safety Provisions for further information on individual Essential Safety Provisions.