Fire Safety Reports Melbourne

Asset Economics is an independent Certification Consultant and Auditing Firm based in Melbourne.

We do not install or maintain fire protection equipment or systems; we purely conduct independent audits and inspections of all building types in Melbourne.

We offer independent advice, inspections and auditing of the entire range of fire systems; including fire separation, hydrant coverage, emergency lighting, and fire & smoke doors, preparation of maintenance manuals.

Introduction of AS1851-2005 has seen the requirement for improved documentation along with the requirement for annual equipment and building surveys.

Asset Economics can assist with ensuring you comply with AS1851-2005, by providing independent annual building or site audits and reports in Melbourne.

With the recent introduction of the Fire Safety Regulation-2008, owners &/or a Body Corporate of any building are now responsible for the implementation and updating of Fire Management Safety Plans which has Special Fire Features contained in them.

Our organisation can help with the implementation of these Fire Safety Management Plans.

Our services include:

You can be confident that we will do our utmost to ensure that your Melbourne fire protection systems, procedures and equipment are compliant and your staff, assets and business are protected and prepared in the event of a fire.

Fire Safety Risk Assessments and Reports, Compliance Audits (including AS4655 Audits), Fire Safety Maintenance Audits and Reports including independent review of maintenance documentation and records, maintenance planning and scheduling.

A large number of our clients do not have dedicated maintenance staff and as a result, most of the maintenance scheduling and documentation is handled by an employee with no experience with maintenance procedures or legislative requirements.

Many Melbourne clients have not been aware that many of the Fire Safety features of their buildings had not been maintained in accordance with the legislative requirements, and when audited by the QFRS, have been issued with substantial fines and orders to rectify the issues. Under current legislation, the onus of maintaining and documenting the Special Fire Services in a building is the responsibility of the building occupier or owner.

We can also help with the preparation of site equipment registers and the ongoing updating of the documentation.

Example 1: A client has a 20,000 sqm building that was divided into fire compartments that were 1,000 sqm in size. The required maintenance for the fire separation was never carried out in accordance with the requirements, and an inspection showed many breaches of the fire separation system. The result of a fire in this building had the potential to burn the entire building to the ground within 1 hour, and due to the lack of correct maintenance, an insurance claim could have been refused. Upon rectification of the fire separation, in the event of a fire the client would potentially only lose 1,000 sqm of lettable space and as the building was maintained in accordance with legislation, an insurance claim would less likely to be refused.

Example 2: A client, who owned a large building that was subject to a Fire Engineered Alternative Building Solution to allow for extended travel distances and a greater than normal number of occupants, carried out Approved building renovation work, which did not take into account the Fire Engineered Alternative Building Solution. As it is the responsibility of the owner to ensure that the certification documents are kept in a prominent position in the building and in the building maintenance manuals, the failure of the Certifier to take the Fire Engineered Alternative Building Solution into account, rested with owner as well as the Certifier. In the event of a fire that may have caused injury or death, the owner of the building could have faced hefty fines and a prison sentence. The oversight by the Certifier was discovered during a Fire Safety Inspection & Maintenance Audit, thankfully on advice from us, the Fire Engineered Alternative Building Solution was amended to account for the new work.

Example 3: A client, the owner of a large office building requested a Fire Safety Maintenance Audit and during the process it was discovered that many of the maintained fire services and equipment were not required, to meet building code requirements.

The client was able to remove a number of extinguishers and have several doors, which were being maintained as Fire Doors and were not, from his maintenance regime, which saved $3,000 per inspection and a total of $12,000 per year. With the expected life of the building being 25 years, this is a considerable saving.

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