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AS1851:2012 A1 Routine Servicing of Fire Protection Systems and Equipment

The objective of this Standard is to maintain the reliability of fire protection systems and equipment such that they continue to meet the requirements of the approved design and are likely to do so until the next scheduled activity.

AS1851 Test Record Checklist

Australian Standard AS1851:2012 was approved to be published on November 20, 2012 on behalf of the Council of Standards Australia.

The Foreword of the Standard states;

The Standard contains inspection, test, preventive maintenance and survey requirements to demonstrate that the fire systems and equipment installed in a building are achieving a standard of performance to which they were designed (the approved design). The Standard may be applied to fire systems and equipment regardless of building age.

The Standard consists of a Preface, Contents, Forward, 14 sections and 10 Appendix. The operative sections of the Standard are set out as follows;

  • Section 1 - Scope and General
  • Section 2 - Automatic Fire Sprinkler Systems
  • Section 3 - Fire Pumpsets
  • Section 4 - Fire Hydrant Systems
  • Section 5 - Water Storage Tanks for Fire Protection Systems
  • Section 6 - Fire Detection and Alarm Systems
  • Section 7 - Special Hazard Systems
  • Section 8 - Delivery Lay Flat Fire Hose
  • Section 9 - Fire Hose Reels
  • Section 10 - Portable and Wheeled Fire Extinguishers
  • Section 11 - Fire Blankets
  • Section 12 - Passive Fire and Smoke Systems
  • Section 13 - Fire and Smoke Control Features of Mechanical Services (Smoke Hazard Management Systems)
  • Section 14 - Emergency Planning in Facilities

There are also two "normative" appendices that must be applied as well. A normative Appendix is one that is required to be followed.  The following list illustrates the normative (bold) and informative appendices of the Standard;

  • Appendix A - Reference Documents (Normative)
  • Appendix B - Routine Service Process (Informative)
  • Appendix C - Deleted in Amendment 1
  • Appendix D - Systems Interface Testing (Informative)
  • Appendix E - Yearly Condition Report (Informative)
  • Appendix F - Battery Capacity Testing (Informative)
  • Appendix G - Fire Detector Testing (Normative)
  • Appendix H - Mechanical Services, Documentation and Skills  (Informative)
  • Appendix I - Mechanical Services, Guidance (Informative)
  • Appendix J - Other Emergency Response in Facilities (Informative)

AS1851:2012 (A1) in Buildings

The jurisdiction that requires the routine servicing of the fire protection systems and equipment in buildings is the domain of each individual State and Territory of Australia.  The following table helps set out these requirements for each state;

Australia Fire Safety Maintenance Legislation Summary
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