Essential Safety Measures Audit – Smoke Dampers
The most common problem for an essential safety measures auditor is locating smoke dampers. Not enough access panels are placed in position for inspection purposes. The auditor should have a good knowledge of the BCA requirements relative to walls requiring to have a fire resistance level and walls requiring to be smoke proofed. This will then allow a proper inspection of the necessary walls within a building that would contain smoke dampers.
Maintenance routines for smoke dampers are carried out under AS1851-2005Maintenance of fire protection systems and equipment. The auditor should check the building surveyors/ certifier’s essential safety measures determination/ schedule to see if smoke dampers are nominated to allow the signing of the Annual Statement, Annual Certificate Compliance, Annual Fire Safety Statement, Annual Maintenance Statement and Annual Occupiers Statement.