Australian Standards for Fire Safety | What You Need To Know
There are three main Australian Standards that apply to fire safety and your responsibility, as a company, to administer.
- Australian Standard AS1841 Portable Fire Extinguishers – General Requirements, describes the various types and how they are constructed.
- Australian Standard AS2444 Portable Fire Extinguishers and Fire Blankets – Selection and Location, details how the products are installed and used.
- Australian Standard AS1851 Routine Service of Fire Protection Systems and Equipment, details how they must be serviced and maintained.
To claim compliance with an Australian Standard, you must have an officially accredited Certification Log & Asset Register.
The Building Code of Australia details the physical aspects required in a building, depending on the type of occupancy. For example, the Code provides design requirements on the correct level of fire detection and suppression for a particular building, and other fire safety measures.
Section E – Services & Equipment. This section identifies the fire safety equipment that must be installed in a building. This equipment includes fire-fighting equipment (eg: fire hydrants, hose reels, portable fire extinguishers, etc), smoke hazard management (eg: smoke detectors and alarms) and emergency lighting and signs. As a general rule, all buildings require portable fire extinguishers to be installed. The provision of any other equipment is dependent on the size of the building.
OHS Act and Regulations – Australian Fire Standards
A four hundred and something page document that really you should know back to front when employees are involved in your business, but never have the time to read till it’s too late. So here are a few of the main points that relate to us ensuring you and your business is safe from risk and financial loss.
The Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996 have the effect of spelling out specific requirements of the legislation.
Regulations may prescribe minimum standards and have a general application, or they may define specific requirements related to a particular hazard or particular type of work.
Reg 3.9 Fire precautions, duties of employer etc. If there is a risk of fire at a workplace, then a person who, at the workplace, is an employer, the main contractor, a self‑employed person or a person having control of the workplace must, as far as practicable:
(a) Provide regularly maintained and efficient portable fire extinguishers to control any fire likely to arise from the work being done at the workplace; and
(b) ensure that portable fire extinguishers are located and distributed at the workplace in accordance with AS 2444
Things You May Not Be Aware Of:
Emergency Lighting falls under Australian Standard AS2293 Part 1 and 3 with additional legislation listed in Australian Standard AS3000
AS/NZS 3760 is a standard created by Standards Australia that outlines a testing method and frequency for electrical appliances. It was created to minimize electrical hazards in the workplace.
The Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 (OSH Act) requires electrical equipment at workplaces to be safe and not expose workers to hazards.
Regulation 4.37 of the OSH regulations deals with the duties as to the use of any electrical equipment or Residual Current Devices (RCD) at workplaces.
Under this regulation, an employer, self-employed person, main contractor, person having control of a workplace or person having control of access to a workplace must ensure that electrical equipment at the workplace are subject to the appropriate checks, tests and inspections necessary to reduce the risk of injury or harm occurring to a person at that workplace.
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