Important Qualifications That Your Fire Safety Consultant Should Possess

23 April 2019

When you have your commercial property assessed for fire prevention safety, you want to ensure that your fire safety consultant has all the important qualifications to perform a thorough and highly effective inspection. You need a consultant with expert training, professional experience, and knowledge of the fire safety regulations in your locality. This consultant must be well qualified to perform the necessary audit of your business premises and make correct recommendations for all necessary property repairs and installations to ensure excellent fire protection for your commercial property and all employees who work within the building as well as all valuable equipment and other business assets.

Important Qualifications that Your Fire Safety Consultant Must Possess

Important professional qualifications that your fire safety consultant must possess in order to perform a complete inspection, audit, and report of necessary improvements for your commercial property include the following:

• Expert Knowledge and Experience. – Your fire safety consultant must have the training, knowledge, and experience to perform a thorough assessment and audit of your commercial building premises, carefully examining all fire safety equipment along with the structure and layout of your building, including the placement of your emergency exits and lighting.

• Professional Audit Skills. – The fire safety expert that you hire to inspect and evaluate your commercial building for fire safety compliance must have excellent professional audit skills for making a complete audit of any repairs, replacements, or installations of fire safety equipment that may be needed for your property. All areas of the building must be inspected and included in the audit report, and relative recommendations are to be made for necessary changes by your fire safety consultant.

• Knowledge of all Building Regulations. – Your fire safety consultant must exhibit thorough knowledge of all fire safety building regulations that are applicable to your building. Your consultant then must ensure that every aspect and area of your building’s interiors are in compliance with these regulations. Some basic building requirements for fire safety include adequate sprinkler systems, emergency exits, fire detectors, fire extinguishers, fire alarm systems, fire doors and emergency lighting, and exit signs. All commercial buildings must have current interim and final Annual Fire Safety Statements (AFSS) and Fire Safety Certificates (FSC), and the FSC must always be displayed in an easily accessible public area of each building.

• Relevant Qualifications. – Although there are no legal minimum requirements for becoming a qualified fire safety consultant, anyone who presents him or herself as a fire safety consultant should be prepared to show proof of adequate training, experience and knowledge in commercial property fire safety requirements and compliance. Many fire safety consultants in Australia today are members of such esteemed organizations and associations as the Fire Protection Association of Australia (FPAA) and the Australian Institute of Building (AIB).

When you consult our fire safety and compliance experts at Key Compliance in Kogarah, NSW, you will receive excellent advice, consulting services, building inspection, assessment, and auditing services as well as professional recommendations for necessary building improvements for meeting standard fire safety regulations compliance. After these improvements are made, you will receive your building’s AFSS and FSC.