Licensing 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 as of 1 July 2018 for holders of EAHL - Qualified Persons Licence, EAHL - Experienced Persons Licence, Extinguishing Agent Trainee Licence and Special EAHL:

Old Australian Standard

New Standard

AS 1851-2005: Maintenance of fire protection equipment - Portable fire extinguishers and fire blankets

Standard AS 1851-2005 is titled "Maintenance of Fire Protection Systems and Equipment" and includes all fire protection systems and equipment including sections for portable and wheeled fire extinguishers and for fire blankets.

 The standard relating specifically to portable fire extinguishers and fire blankets is AS 1851.1-1995 Maintenance of fire protection equipment, Part 1: Portable fire extinguishers and fire blankets.

AS 1851-2005: Maintenance of fire protection equipment - Halon 1301 total flooding systems

Standard is AS 1851.11-1991, Maintenance of fire protection equipment, Part 11: Halon 1301 total flooding systems.

 

AS 1851-2005: Maintenance of fire protection equipment - Gaseous fire extinguishing systems

Standard is AS 1851.12-1995, Maintenance of fire protection equipment, Part 11: Gaseous fire extinguishing systems.

  

AS 1851-2005: Maintenance of fire protection equipment

AS 1851-2005 may be referenced in occupancy permits, maintenance schedules or maintenance determinations in Victoria only.

AS 1851-2012: Routine service of fire protection equipment

AS 1851-2012 may be referenced in an occupancy permit, maintenance schedule or maintenance determination and is required to be followed by law for buildings in Victoria, Queensland, Tasmania and South Australia as under state regulations.

 

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

This Standard has been superseded by AS 2030.1-2009, Gas Cylinders, Part 1: General Requirements and AS 2030.5-2009, Gas Cylinders, Part 5: Filling, inspection and testing of refillable cylinders.

AS 1210-1997: Pressure vessels

Superseded by AS 1210-2010 Pressure vessels. 

 

AS 4214-2002: Gaseous fire extinguishing systems

Current Standard is AS 4214:2018, Gaseous fire-extinguishing systems.

 

AS 4077.1-1992: Fire protection - Fire extinguishing media - Halogenated hydrocarbons - Specifications for halon 1211 and halon 1301

Standard no longer applicable.

  

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

Standard no longer applicable.

   

ISO 14520: Gaseous fire extinguishing systems - Physical properties and system design

Current Standard is AS ISO 14520-2009, Gaseous fire-extinguishing systems - Physical properties and system design suite (including parts 1, 2, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15).