Are you aware of the NSW Government reforms to fire safety?
The NSW Government has introduced reforms to fire safety, to strengthen the States building regulations and certification systems. These reforms will improve the quality of checks made throughout the design, approval, construction and maintenance phases of fire safety systems.
The NSW Government has established a co-regulatory framework that relies on the expertise of industry associations to accredit individuals with the skills, knowledge and experience required to be Competent Fire Safety Practitioners (CFSP’s). When the framework is fully operational, only practitioners with accreditation from an approved organisation will be recognised as CFSP’s.
The Fire Protection Accreditation Scheme (FPAS) has been approved by the Secretary of the Department of Finance, Services and Innovation. It will become operational after an order has been published in the NSW Government Gazette, which is expected to come into effect on 6th April 2020.
The scheme covers:
Assessing the performance of essential fire safety measures for annual fire safety statements.
Endorsing the design of relevant fire safety systems: sprinklers, hydrants and hose reels, fire detection and alarm systems, but not mechanical smoke control systems.
Who should attend?
Principal Certifying Authorities (PCAs)
Anyone who is tasked with completing the Annual Fire Safety Statements