The new amendment to the standard has clarified the application of baseline data, therefore eliminating the failing of routine servicing/testing on the basis that baseline data does not exist or it has not been provided to the contractor. Clause 1.8 Baseline data of the amended standard, now clearly indicates that routine servicing/testing of fire protection systems can be carried out and results can be recorded and passed without the baseline data.
However the absence of baseline data itself must be recorded as a non-conformance within the test/inspection. Note: If baseline data does exist for the fire protection systems and is required by an approved design it must be used as a benchmark for the testing of the fire protection systems/equipment.
/ EXCLUSION OF APPENDIX C
Appendix C of the previous standard has been repealed and has removed the requirements for establishing a minimum benchmark for baseline data. This is due to the fact that the parameters and requirements of the approved design should determine what is required. This has effected multiple clauses throughout the standard with reference to Appendix C.
In conclusion there are four key amendments to AS1851-2012 in relation to baseline data;
- Editorial modifications
- Every section now refers to the new clause 1.8
- A Full reword of clause 1.8
- Removal of Appendix C
It is prudent for managers to be aware of these changes to baseline data, and that it does not have to be established/prepared to enable contractors to undertake maintenance activities, if you adopt this amended standard under your state building control system.