VFP specialised in the field of fire safety services and fire equipment maintenance and offers a range of services which help building owners and managers to meet their essential safety measures (ESM) maintenance obligations under various cods and standards.
According to Australia Standard AS 1851 Any Portable fire Extinguishers installed any commercial buildings (Offices, retail stores, warehouses, factories, etc.), in Public buildings (hospitals, schools, universities, theatres, etc.) and multi-occupancy residential buildings all need to be regularly inspected and tested.
All extinguishers have to be inspected at six monthly intervals and if they don’t have a pressure gauge, they may need to be weighed to check they are still full. Some extinguisher types may require additional tasks to be carried out annually. Extinguishers need to be emptied, pressure tested and refilled every five years. Extinguishers must, however, be refilled, even if only partially discharged, between the five year services.
If a fire extinguisher does not have a pressure gauge, it may have to be weighed to ensure it is still full.
Tests and intervals are to be recorded on a label or metal tag attached to the unit.
Extinguishers must be refilled even if only partially discharged between the five year services.
Business Owners have lawful obligation to ensure that their ESMs are maintained According to the Building Regulation 1217 of 2006. ESMs are the fire and life safety and health system in building, including fire extinguishers, fire hose reels, fire hydrant, sprinkler system, smoke alarms mechanical ventilation. They also include fire escape system such as emergency lighting, exits and exit doors.
What is required by Law?
The existing Portable fire extinguisher shall be regularly serviced at the required SIX (6) monthly intervals and marked in the service tag as required by Law 1217/2006 & AS1851
Failing to have up to date fire equipment will result in loosing full claim on your content insurance and also attract your immediate neighbours to claim liability from you for not following ESM
The building Act 1993 makes council responsible for administration and enforcement of safety and building standards throughout Victoria. For this reason building inspectors ensure compliance with maintenance requirements Noncompliance can attract significant penalties under the legislation which can exceed $50,000 in some case.
What is expected from us (VFP)
To carry out the regular maintenance services at the required intervals on your existing Portable fire extinguisher and fire equipment as per the 1217/2006 & AS1851 and provide OHAS advise as required Lodgement of your Annual ESMs report to the appropriate Building Commission in Victoria on your behalf as required by the Law.
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Under the Building Regulations Code, Councils may impose on-the-spot fines on businesses or property owners for failing to provide adequate fire safety protection equipment and comply with minimum standards for fire protection equipment may result in penalties of up to: