• Scheduled Extinguishing Agents in Mining - do you require a license?

    The hazardous nature of most mining operations, coupled with the remoteness of many mine sites, means that site operators must exercise the highest levels of care with regard to fire protection in order to safeguard lives, mining equipment, property and the environment.

  • Scheduled Agents Used in Building Sector

    The importance of fire protection in the building industry relies heavily on correct procedures and proper maintenance of fire protection equipment such as gaseous fire suppression systems

  • Scheduled Agents used in Aviation Sector

    Fire is a major safety hazard for civil, commercial and military aircraft. In Australia, the potential fire zones of modern multi-engine aircraft are protected by fixed fire protection systems. A fire zone is an area, or region, of an aircraft designed by the manufacturer to require fire detection and/or fire extinguishing equipment and a high degree of inherent fire resistance.

  • Scheduled Agents Used in Marine Sector

    The importance of safety at sea relies on correct fire protection procedures and proper maintenance of fire protection equipment such as gaseous fire suppression systems. 

  • Halon Collection Campaign

    The Halon Collection Campaign will be actively promoting the recovery of halon by working through targeted industries and public.The halon campaign will rely heavily on the support and involvement of the key stakeholders to ensure that when the community returns the fire extinguisher, this can be easily facilitated.

The Fire Protection Industry (ODS & SGG) Board

The Fire Protection Industry (ODS & SGG) Board (the Board) administers the fire protection division of the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Regulations 1995 (the Regulations) on behalf of the Australian Government.

Functions of the Board include:

  • Identification, promotion, and support of 'best practice' activities throughout the fire protection industry.
  • Management of the permit and licensing system to ensure applicants meet minimum standards of competency prior to granting of Extinguishing Agent Handling Licences (EAHL) and Extinguishing Agent Trading Authorisations (EATA).
  • Implementation of effective communication and consultation with the fire protection industry to encourage and facilitate regulatory compliance.
  • Development and distribution of ozone depleting substance and synthetic greenhouse gas (ODS & SGG) learning and assessment resources to support those working in the fire protection industry.
  • Undertaking review and audit activities to ensure fire protection industry compliance with the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Act 1989 (the Act).

Recent News

Stronger penalties in place for breaching permit conditions

4 SEPTEMBER 2020

From 19 August 2020, it is a criminal offence under the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Regulations 1995 to breach any condition of your fire protection industry permit.

Individuals who are found guilty of the new offence can be fined a maximum of $2,220. Corporations that are found guilty face a stiffer penalty of up to $11,100. In the past, if you breached a condition of your permit, you could have your permit cancelled or suspended, or be denied a renewal of your permit. This can still happen now, in addition to being fined.

The new offences are 'strict liability offences'. This means fines can be applied without proof that you intended to breach permit conditions.

To read the new offence provisions in full, view: www.legislation.gov.au/Details/F2020L01029.

US EPA releases new findings on the health benefits of ozone protection

2 SEPTEMBER 2020

Have you ever wondered why the fire protection industry permit scheme exists? A new report released by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provides evidence of the benefit of the scheme and highlights your important contribution as a permit holder to positive outcomes for both human health and the environment.

The EPA's scientific model shows that controls on ozone depleting substances, such as under the Montreal Protocol is expected to prevent approximately 443 million cases of skin cancer, 2.3 million skin cancer deaths, and 63 million cataract cases for people in the United States born in the years 1890-2100.

To read the EPA's report, click here.

Worker permit system introduced in Melbourne as part of stage 4 restrictions 

4 AUGUST 2020

From 11:59pm Wednesday 5 August, workplaces in Melbourne must be closed unless:

Employers that require their staff to attend a work site must issue a worker permit to their employees - this is the employer's responsibility. For further information, please visit https://www.vic.gov.au/worker-permit-scheme

John Nightingale joins the Industry Advisory Body    

27 JULY 2020

John Nightingale

John Nightingale has been formally appointed to the Fire Protection Industry (ODS and SGG) Board's (FPIB) Industry Advisory Body (IAB). John currently works for Wormald as a special hazards marine technician and brings a wealth of industry experience to the IAB.

Having fulfilled roles for the Royal Australian Navy (marine technical engineer), SAI Global (Test Station Signatory and Test Station Manager), BCF (cylinder filling and testing) and the National Halon Bank (helping set it up in its formative years), John displays a tremendously diverse skill set that FPIB is eager to utilise.

Importantly, John has extensive experience handling various synthetic greenhouse gases (SGG) and ozone depleting substances (ODS) across a range of applications. 

The Board welcomes John and we look forward to working closely with him.

Sydney Metro opts for IG-55    

3 JULY 2020

Do you want to find out why Australia's largest public transport infrastructure project decided to move away from traditional scheduled extinguishing agents in favour of an inert gas?

Head to our Technology Corner to discover what inspired Sydney Metro's decision to use IG-55 in the suppression system at their Rouse Hill control room.

New penalty increase for offences under the Ozone Act and Regulations

30 JUNE 2020

The penalties for offences under the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Act 1989 (the Act) and the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Regulations 1995  (the Regulations) will increase from 1 July 2020.

der most Commonwealth laws, financial penalties are expressed in terms of 'penalty units' instead of dollar figures. On 1 July 2020, the value of a penalty unit will increase from $210 to $222.

The change is the result of the automatic indexation of the penalty unit amount under Section 4AA of the Crimes Act 1914 (Cth). The increase is designed to ensure that the real value of a penalty unit is maintained. This increase applies to all offences under the Act and Regulations.To learn more about these changes, please refer to the June edition of GasBag