The Occupational Safety and Health
Act 1984 (OSH Act)
Requires electrical equipment at workplaces to be safe and not expose workers to hazards. As prescribed by the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996 (the OSH regulations), the person having control of a workplace or access to that workplace, i.e. employer, self-employed person, main contractor, must ensure that all portable plug-in electrical equipment and residual current devices (RCDs) at the workplace are safe and appropriately inspected, tested and maintained by a competent person.
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AS 1851 Fire System Maintenance example of liability
Fire Safety System Maintenance At a recent incident, a four-storey mixed-class building, consisting of a basement car park, ground floor office and multi-level residential provided another example of poor fire safety system maintenance.
In the early hours of the morning, firefighters were alerted by 000 to a structure fire. The fire had started in a stolen car abandoned within the basement car park.
The fire spread to an adjacent car and up the connected lift shaft and into the apartment level corridors. Evacuation was not possible for all occupants.
Upon arrival, firefighters boosted the hydrant system; however, the hydrant booster assembly failed immediately.
Following the fire being extinguished, firefighters identified that the
Fire Indicator Panel (FIP) was in isolation and that the Building Occupant Warning System did not operate. Further investigations by the on-call Building Fire Safety Officer uncovered that the strata agency displayed a significant lack of understanding of the type of maintenance required and who should be completing it.
The booster system had not been maintained and the fire detection system had been put in isolate by one of the building occupants at some time prior to the fire. Information gathered out of this incident, for all stakeholders to consider:
- Become educated in the importance to life safety of installed fire safety systems.
- Know who is performing your fire safety systems servicing.
- Know what they are doing and when.
DFES recommends using qualified personnel to perform the servicing of all installed fire safety systems within the building and that these personnel follow Australian Standard 1851.
Requirements of AS2293.2 – Emergency Lighting Testing & Inspection Standard™
The Standard instructs that all Emergency evacuation lighting systems shall be inspected and maintained in accordance with the relevant procedures specified in the Standard and that the inspection and maintenance procedures shall be carried out only by persons having qualifications and experience suitable for this type of work.
Emergency escape lighting and exit signs for buildings Part 2: Inspection and maintenance The Standard sets out the periodic inspection and maintenance procedures which are necessary to ensure that emergency evacuation lighting systems will be in a state of readiness for operation at all times.
It applies to central and single-point emergency lighting systems, as defined in AS/NZS 2293.1.
All maintenance records must be in the form of hard copy record tags or log books. Electronic copies may also be used.
Six Monthly Tests
- All emergency luminaires and exit signs shall be checked to ensure that they function satisfactorily. Any defective lamps shall be replaced and a match of lamp technology and lamp colour must be used.
- Where manual discharge test facilities are provided, the following procedure shall be carried out to check the operation of the emergency lighting system:
(a) Turn the battery charger off, simulate a mains failure and carry out a partial Discharge test at 100 percent of the installed emergency lighting load. Allow the test to continue until the operation of all emergency luminaires and exit signs has been checked, this test must meet the AS2293 requirement for a duration of 90 minutes
- After tests have been completed the tester must restore the system to normal operation, turn the battery charger on and recharge the batteries of each fitting.
- Where automatic discharge test facilities are provided, a visual check shall be made of the operational status of all emergency luminaires and exit signs by means of the indications given at the controller or associated indicator panel.
- Those units which fail the discharge test must be either repaired and restored to normal condition or replaced.
Twelve Monthly Tests
- As for the six-monthly tests and
- Inspect fittings and clean reflective surfaces as necessary