Each year, too many Australian businesses are destroyed by preventable fires. From retail shops and executive offices to hospitals, schools and warehouses, protecting your workplace from fire means having the correct essential fire safety measures in place. 

For this reason, the Building Code of Australia and NSW fire laws require most commercial premises to be fitted with appropriate fire-rated commercial doors. Commercial fire doors work by containing the fire to slow the spread, inhibit smoke and allow occupants valuable time to evacuate the workplace. 

Commercial fire doors come in all different shapes, sizes and materials but the compliance process is the same. From hinged and sliding doors to timber and metal doors, there is a range of options available. But commercial fire doors have one thing in common: they need to meet AS1905 standards and need to be maintained in accordance with AS1851

But what’s actually involved in ensuring your commercial fire doors are compliant? 

In order to effectively slow the spread of a fire and allow people to exit safely, commercial fire doors need to be fitted correctly, routinely inspected and endorsed by accredited practitioners in fire safety. Read on to find out more. 

Installation

If fitted incorrectly, it takes mere moments for a commercial fire door to fail, putting property and staff and customer lives at risk. 

This requires more than just making sure it opens and closes properly and isn’t a set and forget process. The fire-rated door and all components must meet the necessary fire rating standards and must be installed by a competent fire safety practitioner. This includes:

  • Intumescent seals (if required)
  • Hinges and closing mechanism 
  • Sills 
  • Locks and hardware 
  • Frames (Jamb)
  • Gaps 

If the door is installed with a gap that is too big, or a seal installed properly, the whole door can be rendered non-compliant and subsequently useless in a fire. Essentially the door needs to be installed in the exact same way the sample door was installed when it was furnace tested in accordance with AS1530.

Inspection

Fire safety measures need to be maintained in order to remain compliant and work when you need them most. In the same way a fire extinguisher must be pressure tested, commercial fire doors need to be checked regularly. 

As part of your Annual Fire Safety Statement, a competent fire safety practitioner will inspect the commercial fire door and assess the door thoroughly to ensure there are no gaps appearing, that the fire rating is maintained and that the door remains compliant. 

Endorsement

Buildings are required to have an Annual Fire Safety Statement endorsed. This involves a fire safety assessor visiting the premises to conduct a full inspection and test of all workplace fire safety measures. This is carried out each year to ensure that all active and passive fire protection on site meets the necessary regulations, including commercial fire doors.  

The statement confirms that an Accredited Practitioner (Fire Safety) has assessed, inspected and verified the performance of each fire safety measure that applies to the building. 

Not sure what the commercial fire door compliance requirements are? Worry not, that is where Betta Fire Protection can assist. Give our team of commercial fire door experts a call today on (02) 8669 9100 to discuss your needs.