Logbook Audits: Essential Fire Safety Measures: AS 1851: Essential Safety Measures

NSW – Hendry advises that Australian Standard AS 1851-2005 ‘Maintenance of fire protection systems and equipment’ for the maintenance of active prescribed essential fire safety measures have reporting instructions, generally provided for by the the requirement of an on site logbook. These logbooks form the basis in turn, for the preparation of the mandatory Annual Fire Safety Statement. One of the auditing services Hendry provides for building owners or managers is the availability of a comprehensive assessment of the essential fire safety measures, detailed in the Specialist Maintenance Contractor logbook. Auditing a logbook ensures that the contractor’s services are being provided in accordance with the contract, and ensures the building owner or manager is in a position to sign-off on the mandatory Annual Fire Safety Statement when they are due.

Clients should be aware that the following active essential fire safety measures require reporting systems or a logbook to be provided:

  • Air conditioning systems
  • Alarm systems
  • Atrium smoke control
  • Building occupant warning system
  • Carpark mechanical ventilation
  • Emergency lifts
  • Emergency lighting
  • Emergency power supply
  • Emergency warning and intercommunication systems
  • Exit signs
  • Fire brigade connections
  • Fire control centres
  • Fire control panels
  • Fire curtains
  • Fire dampers
  • Fire detectors
  • Fire doors
  • Fire extinguishers (portable)
  • Fire hose reel
  • Fire hydrants
  • Fire mains
  • Fire-rated access panels
  • Fire shutters
  • Fire windows
  • Mechanical ventilation systems
  • Smoke control measures
  • Smoke doors
  • Smoke vents
  • Sound and intercom system
  • Sprinkler systems
  • Stairwell pressurisation systems
  • Wall wetting sprinklers

A number of the above essential fire safety measures appear in AS 1851-2005 ‘Maintenance of fire protection systems and equipment’. AS 1851 required a reporting system or logbook to verify that inspections and maintenance works have occurred on essential fire safety measures, this then gives the owner confidence in signing the Annual Fire Safety Statement.