Technical Bulletin TB-011: Update for AS1851-2005 Maintenance of fire protection systems and equipment

AS1851.pngThe Fire Protection Association of Australia has produced a new Technical Bulletin TB-011: Update for AS1851-2005 Maintenance of fire protection systems and equipment.

The bulletin provides discussion directed to FPA members, building owners, managers, tenants, maintenance companies, fire services, insurers and consultants and was designed to identify the ''key benefits'' of AS1851-2005 and highlight future refinements to the standard.

The technical bulletin also tries to state the reason for the changes however the standard itself (in the Forward) provides a great summary for the reasons for change;

AS1851-2005 - Forward
The criteria adopted for revising Australian Standard AS1851 include reliability, integrity, functionality and performance of fire protection systems and equipment. Consideration has also been given to the interfaces between equipment for fire detection and firefighting.

The Standard contains requirements formulated as a means of satisfying Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) regulations and the maintenance provisions of the Building Code of Australia (BCA).

There is also some recognition that there are one-off costsassociated with the adoption of the standard however there is very little recognition of the additional time necessary to deliver the level of service required to comply to the standard.

There is a current push by some individuals within the fire protection industry that adoption of this standard will reduce maintenance costs for building owners however our experience and the experience of some of of our corporate customers has indicated otherwise.

The good NEWS is that there is currently a series of reviews of the standard underway by way of two new amendments and perhaps if we all give our two-bob's worth we can introduce some real benefits;

  • Amendment # 2 - Non-technical amendments, due September/October 2007
  • Amendment # 3 - Significant technical amendments, due late 2007

The FPAA makes a couple of concessions in the Summary where they state "There are cost increases in some instances. However these need to be weighed up against the very real advantages of system reliability, improved record keeping, and overall system performance..."

To have your say, I encourage YOU to add your comments in the Maintenance Essentials Forum so we can table them for inclusion in the planned amendments.


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