Fire Protection Services

What are fire protection services?

Fire protection services represent passive and active fire protection. Both of them are used together for the protection of buildings, ships, or facilities. Services providers will either help with the setup of structures, components, and systems, or sell them, but in most cases they offer both.

  • Passive fire protection and active fire protection

Passive fire protection or PFP consists of the way the structure of the whole building is designed. Usually these are fire structures put into smaller fire parts found at one or a few locations in the building which help in stopping the fire from spreading faster from its origin. It also provides extra time for evacuation in case of emergency. Some of the unmissable parts of PFP structures are firestops, intumescent, endothermic, firestop pillow, fireproofing, fire rated doors in for Sydney businesses, and fire-resistance rating. In some cases, the structures are put into walls or floors to make them fire resistant.

On the other side, active fire protection or AFP includes all components and systems that work only when there is a required amount of shifting around them, which is different from passive fire protection. Said components and systems can be divided into fire alarms, fire alarm systems, fire alarm control panels, fire detection, fire sprinklers, sprinkler systems, external water spray systems, and smoke alarms.

  • Fire protection service providers in Sydney, Australia

Some of the most reliable and best reviewed fire protection service providers in Sydney are Fire Protection Services Sydney (Control Fire Protection), All Fire Services and Eagle Fire Protection.

Control Fire Protection takes pride in their products and services. Their products are used in living areas but are also for commercial use, while they offer specialised services to various industries.

Being part of the Fire Protection Association Australia, All Fire Services offers a great level of fire protection services. Since 2008, they have been providing a wide range of services such as fire consultants, fire protection inspections, smoke alarm systems, fire extinguishers, and plans for evacuation in case of emergency.

Local Fire Protection is one of the oldest companies who has been providing fire protection services since 1998. Their services are specialised for the maintenance of both passive and active fire protection components, supply and installation of said certification of building’s level of fire resistance, and design of plans for fire systems and emergency evacuation services.

Of course, these are not the only companies, there are actually quite a few of them. Other companies worth mentioning are Simmons Fire Protection, Pro Fire Protection Services, Negative Fire Protection, to name just a few. All of these companies offer services that are a mixture of those described above, but all of them help in keeping facilities safe.

Height Safety Equipment Melbourne

Melbourne is the capital of Victoria, Australia.  Victoria rules and regulations apply to Melbourne.

Falls from heights are a chief workplace hazard in Victoria. Injuries and deaths take place across a range of industries, mostly in construction, which account for 27 percent of such claims.

The Victorian WorkCover Authority & WorkSafe Victoria

The Victorian WorkCover Authority (VWA) oversees and regulates workplace safety in Victoria.  State law obligates the VWA to help prevent workplace injuries and enforce occupational health and safety laws.

WorkSafe Victoria is the VWA’s occupational health and safety division. It carries out VWA’s compliance policies.

Consolidated Occupational Health and Safety Regulations

In June 2017, updated Occupational Health and Safety Regulations became effective.  Chapter 3, Physical Hazards, Part 3.3 Prevention of Falls, mainly concerned working from heights, specifically heights higher than two metres.  The new regulations revised 2007 regulations.  Everything essentially remained the same.  While the updated version still focused on heights higher than two metres, the updated version added that the employer also had a general duty of care to also control falls from heights less than two metres. See Correct Safety for Height Safety Equipment.

Hazard Identification

The employer must first pinpoint any job assignments that could involve a fall risk.  That included work that could involve construction or repair on a incline or near an edge.

Control of Risk

The employer must then attempt to control the risk by following a particular hierarchy of steps.  For example, can the job be performed on ground?  If that was not reasonably practical, they must go on to the next step.  If the next step was not reasonably practical, they must go on to the next step, and so on. If they exhausted all the steps and the risk remained, the employer must make sure the worker utilized Passive Fall Prevention.

Passive Fall Prevention

A Passive Fall Prevention Device is equipment that doesn’t need adjustment after it was first installed.  An example of such includes temporary work platforms, guard railings, and roof safety meshes.

If a risk still existed, the employer must provide a Work Positioning System.

Work Positioning System

Work Positioning Systems includes:

  • travel restraints
  • industrial rope accesses
  • anything other than a temporary work platform that allows a worker to be safely supported for the length of the task

If a risk still existed, the employer must install a Fall Arrest System.

Fall Arrest System

A Fall Arrest System is an apparatus that halts an individual’s fall.  Examples include catch platforms, industrial safety nets, and safety harnesses.

If a risk still existed, the employer can only lessen it by making sure the worker used a Portable or Fixed Ladder as per the regulations.

Portable and Fixed Ladders

Australia has a set of standards pertaining to Portable Ladders (AS/NZS 1892 Portable Ladders), with distinct sections pertaining to:

  • timber ladders
  • metal ladders
  • reinforced plastic ladders

 

Portable Ladders are minimally stable and, like the Control of Risk procedure, follow a certain control hierarchy for fall prevention.

Australia also has a set of standards for Fixed Ladders (AS1657 Fixed Platforms, walkways, stairways and ladders – Design, construction and installation; and also the Australian Building Code).

Workers cannot stand higher than 900 mm on ladders and they must be properly fixed.   Ladders with metal cannot be used close to power lines.  The regulations contain further rules and restrictions.