Licencing Conditions

Technicians in the fire protection industry who hold an EAHL - Qualified Persons Licence, EAHL - Experienced Persons Licence, Extinguishing Agent Trainee Licence and Special EAHL are required to meet the following conditions:

1. Licensees must carry out the work to which the licence relates in accordance with the standards described in Table 1 below.

2. Any extinguishing agent recovered from fire protection equipment must be provided to:

  • the holder of an extinguishing agent trading authorisation, or
  • the operator of an approved extinguishing agent destruction facility

3. Any equipment used to transfer an extinguishing agent from one vessel to another must be:

  • fit for this purpose
  • tested, and approved as being fit for the transfer of extinguishing agents, at least once every two years by a person accredited by the National Association of Testing Authorities, Australia, and/or otherwise appropriately maintained.

4. Licensees must submit a report to the Board describing the circumstances relating to any lawful emission of an extinguishing agent.

5. Licensees must not carry out any work to which their licence relates (other than decommissioning or disposal or work in the aviation or maritime industries) on fire protection equipment that does not comply with any standard mentioned in Table 1 that applies to the equipment.

6. The Fire Protection Industry (ODS & SGG) Board may impose a condition on a licence and this must be set out in the licence document or a written notice given by the Fire Protection Industry (ODS & SGG) Board to the licensee.

7. The Fire Protection Industry (ODS & SGG) Board may impose a condition on a licence at any time.

8. A licensee must not contravene a condition of his or her licence.

The licencing system exists to prevent avoidable emissions of extinguishing agents and ensure that appropriate records are kept.  The Board also encourages technicians and EATA holders to work in accordance with the Ozone Depleting Substances and Synthetic Greenhouse Gases (ODS & SGG) Good Practice Guide

Table 1 Australian Standards for holders of EAHL - Qualified Persons Licence, EAHL - Experienced Persons Licence, Extinguishing Agent Trainee Licence and Special EAHL

Australian Standard

Title of Standard

AS 1851-2005

Maintenance of fire protection equipment - Portable fire extinguishers and fire blankets

AS 1851-2005

Maintenance of fire protection equipment - Halon 1301 total flooding systems

AS 1851-2005

Maintenance of fire protection equipment - Gaseous fire extinguishing systems

AS 2030.1-1999

The verification, filling, inspection, testing and maintenance of cylinders for storage and transport of compressed gases - Cylinders for compressed gases other than acetylene

AS 1210-1997

Pressure vessels

AS 4214-2002

Gaseous fire extinguishing systems

AS 4077.1-1992

Fire protection - Fire extinguishing media - Halogenated hydrocarbons - Specifications for halon 1211 and halon 1301

AS 4077.2-1992

Fire protection - Fire extinguishing media - Halogenated hydrocarbons - Code of practice for safe handling and transfer procedures of halon 1211 and halon 1301

ISO 14520

 

Gaseous fire extinguishing systems - Physical properties and system desigs