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Most importantly, in the event of a fire, the fire doors installed in your building are there to stop and/or slow the progress of a fire from its starting point in a building so as to allow the safe passage of its occupants out of the building.

The Australian Standards the Fire Brigade is referring to consists of three parts:

(a) AS 1905.1-2015 relates to Components for the Protection of Openings in Fire-Resistant Walls Part 1: Fire-Resistant Doorsets;

(b) Queensland Development Code: MP6.1 Maintenance of Fire Safety Systems and Installations;

(c) AS 1851-2012 Section 12 Passive Fire & Smoke Containment Systems.

All buildings regardless of age must have their Fire Doors inspected to a standard so as to maintain the doors in good working order in the event of a fire.

Entry doors to solo occupancy residential units require inspection every twelve (12) months and common area doors, e.g. doors to stairwells and exits, require inspections every six (6) months [Ref QDC MP6.1.].

All fire doors must be tagged to identify the manufacturer of the door, the year in which it was installed, the installers company, the type of core the door is made of and the fire resistance level of the door known as the FRL. Most doors are either one hour or two hour fire rated. If this tag is not on the door detailing this information, the door does not comply to the Australian Standards and will require replacement for compliance.

There are several ways to find out this information. You can check to see if an asbestos audit has been undertaken on your building, or you can have a small sample taken from the door and sent away for testing.

If the asbestos door complies with all aspects of the standard then, as a bonded product, it can be left alone. If the door is damaged in any way or needs any hardware replaced, then the door and all hardware requires replacement.

AS 1905.1-2015: Section 2: 2.1.3.2 Self-Latching states: Any bolt or other device that renders the door non-self-latching or requires manual operation, such as by key or turning function, shall not be used even when part of a set that has a self-latching device incorporated (e.g. deadbolts, frame latch, or swing bar).

There are several on the market that can be fitted to the door as a secondary locking device that will comply. The most common is the 001 or 002 Lockwood Deadlatch. This lock has a self-latching mechanism which retracts when the door is closed.

The compliance issues raised have been in place for many years but, due to failure by the relevant authorities to enforce the legislation, they have not been acted upon. This legislation is there for the protection of the owners and tenants of the buildings in question so as to maintain the doors in good working condition in the event of a fire.

Note: In the event of fire, some insurance company’s terms & conditions insist that for the current insured building policy to be valid that the nominated building must be compliant with all relevant Australian Standards

There is a duty of care by all Body Corporate Managers and Chairpersons to make sure their buildings are of a safe nature. The authorities have the power to impose fines on building owners who do not comply with these standards.

The inspection time varies by the type of building and occupancy, but the inspection process takes approximately 3-5 minutes per door.

Yes, absolutely! We inspect and maintain to the current Australian Standards – AS 1851-2012 Table 12.4.3.1 & 12.4.4.

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