AIRAH Essential Safety Measures

Essential Safety Measures

This course gives an overview of the codes and standards related to the control of fire and smoke within buildings in Australia. It covers the use of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems and is designed for technicians and supervisors – specifically those involved in the commissioning, inspection, testing, and maintenance of HVAC systems.

If you are a mechanical services designer; equipment manufacturer or supplier; or maintenance contractor, you may be interested in our Smoke Control and Fire Dampers course which outlines how AS/NZS 1668.1 applies the principles of smoke control in multi-compartment buildings.

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About this course

This one-day course is offered as a face-to-face, online, or in-house session.

Following a building’s construction, owners are responsible for their upkeep and maintenance – particularly life-safety features, or essential safety measures. Essential Safety Measures gives an overview of the codes and standards related to the control of fire and smoke within buildings in Australia.

Course structure
1 Establishing the importance of the material covered in the course, beginning with a discussion on the life-safety issues and a summary of the legal reasons that HVAC systems must be equipped with fire and smoke control features.
2 Exploring the equipment and systems used for HVAC-based fire and smoke control in buildings, as well as the legislated performance requirements for these systems.
3 Finding out what is necessary for maintenance to the requirements of state and territory legislation and the Australian Standard AS 1851-2012: Routine service of fire protection systems and equipment.
4 Applying your understanding and learning how to advise clients of what level of maintenance and performance testing is required by the regulations, as well as what the Standard specifies must be maintained and how often.

  • Life-safety and legal imperatives for fire and smoke control
  • Theoretical methods used by HVAC systems to control fire and smoke
  • Objectives of AS/NZS 1668.1:2015
  • Equipment or systems used for HVAC fire and smoke control:
    • Equipment that blocks fire and smoke – fire and smoke dampers
    • Systems that keep smoke above occupants' heads – smoke vents and exhaust
    • Systems that restrict smoke movement – exit pressurisation and smoke control
    • Ancillary equipment and support systems
  • Making the fire and smoke control systems work – and proving it
  • Testing and commissioning smoke control systems
  • Certification – prior to occupancy and annually
  • Maintaining fire and smoke systems – Australian Standard AS 1851-2012: Routine service of fire protection systems and equipment
This course is designed for...
  • Technicians
  • Supervisors
  • Contractors
  • Facility managers
  • Design engineers

AIRAH Essential Safety Measures is designed for...


online delivery
Delivery method
face-to-face, online, or in-house

online delivery
Course length
8 hours (full-day)

Enrolment in the Essential Safety Measures course is capped at 25 people (face-to-face) or 15 people (online).

This course does not include any formal assessment, but participants will be involved in different activities relating to the course throughout the day.

Why enrol?

Enrolment in and completion of this course is eligible for 7.5 continuing professional development (CPD) hours. AIRAH recommends members undertake 50 hours of CPD each year.

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AIRAH face-to-face training AIRAH offers face-to-face training opportunities to assist with your professional development in the HVAC&R building services industry.

Tuesday, September 5 • Brisbane, Qld Register

AIRAH online training The online delivery of Essential Safety Measures is presented as a live Zoom session. Participants should have a stable internet connection and a laptop or desktop computer with webcam, microphone, and good audio. You will also be asked to agree to AIRAH’s Terms and Conditions for online education courses.

To reserve your spot and to ensure you receive the relevant course materials, please register well in advance of the training date.

Tuesday, August 15

AIRAH in-house training Would you like to bring this training to your place of work for an in-house session? Please email [email protected] to discuss availability.

Course fees
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Pricing includes GST.

Registrants will be mailed a hard-copy training manual.

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Want to bring this course to your city/town? Please submit a request for consideration and/or to be put on the waitlist.



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