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Annual Occupiers Statements

BFSR 2008 Part 5 and The Queensland Development Code MP 6.1 requires the owner/ occupier to ensure each prescribed fire safety installation is tested by a competent person in accordance with specific Australian Standards (refer to The Queensland Development Code MP 6.1 Schedule 1) or in any other case at intervals and in a way that is considered sufficient in the interest of safety. BFSR 2008 Part 5, Section 55 requires the owner/ occupier to record in a ‘Record of Maintenance’ the details of each test of a prescribed fire safety installation. An ‘Annual Occupiers Statement’ must be lodged with the Chief Commissioner of the QFRS annually and within 12 months of the day of the earliest test recorded.

The previously mandatory ‘Certificate of Maintenance’ relating to the performance of maintenance on the special fire services only has now been repealed and replaced with the ‘Annual Occupiers Statement’, QDC MP 6.1 Schedule 2, now encompassing all prescribed fire safety installations including special fire services located within commercial buildings.

The Fire and Rescue Service Act 1990, Division 2 requires an occupier of a building to maintain means of escape from the building at all times free i.e. free of obstructions and generally BCA compliance door hardware and locking devices. The occupier, manager or owner of a building must maintain at all times every prescribed fire safety installation to a standard of safety and reliability in the event of fire. Refer to Schedule 2 of the Building Act 1975 for comprehensive list of fire safety installations and special fire services.

Significant financial and imprisonment penalties apply for non-compliance with Fire and Rescue Service Act 1990 and the Queensland Building Fire Safety Regulations 2008 in certain circumstances. Effective 1 January 2009, the Queensland Development Code MP 6.1 and BFSR 2008 requires occupiers of buildings to provide and retain onsite an ‘Annual Occupiers Statement’ as detailed in QDC MP 6.1 Schedule 2
Fire Safety Compliance (QLD) Pty Ltd can assist building owners and occupiers each year by contacting engaged prescribed fire safety contractors maintenance contractors and requesting, on our clients behalf, the contractors 'Annual Maintenance Statements' which detail the prescribed fire safety installations maintained, the schedule and maintenance standard they were maintained to and whether or not, if there were any critical defects over that period and declaration of rectification if critical defects existed.
Once Fire Safety Compliance (QLD) has received all 'Annual Maintenance Statements'  from the engaged maintenance contractors over that 12 monthly period it will provide a completed 'Annual Occupiers Statement' to be retained on site with other fire saety records, as well as, forward a copy to the Queensland Fire & Rescue Service.

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PO Box 1232, Nerang, QLD, 4211

Phone 0423 809 257 Fax 07 55965754