Webinar: Discharges for facility managers and technicians
Posted on : Friday, 10 August 2018
Board member Daniel Wilson answers participant questions
following the 7 August 2018 webinar on discharges for facility
managers and technicians.
I hear you need a licence with FPIB enough though
I have one with QBCC in Queensland. Is this correct?
Yes it is. You do need a licence with the Fire Protection
Industry Board even if you have one in Queensland. The Fire
Protection Industry Board is handling the Regulations from a
national perspective, so if you are handling these agents or
installing them, you do need to get EAHL licence to be able to work
If we report a discharge do we get fined?
One of the reasons we ask people to report discharges is because
the Board wants to collect the information to provide more
information back to industry about minimising these discharges in
the future. I am not aware of anyone who has been fined for
reporting a discharge. It's all around educating the industry and
trying to provide information back.
Do warehousing staff need an EAHL for non-bulk
If you have warehousing staff that are storing the cylinders,
even for non-bulk storage then you need to have a warehousing
licence. A warehousing licence is to make sure they're looking
after the cylinders in terms of how they check for leaks, how they
store them, making sure they're safe. If the cylinders are in
transit, from one company to the next, if you're the transport
company then you don't need to have a licence. If you're not the
transport company and you're storing non-connected cylinders, and
when I say non-connect cylinders, I mean cylinders that aren't
fixed in a system, then you need to have a warehouse licence to
manage the stores of agent you are keeping.
To what extent is the industry moving away from
HFC-based agents ahead of equipment getting to end of
There's certainly a change in what we've seen in Australia over
the last few years, of using these ODS SGG agents, we've seen a
change of people shifting, probably more towards inert agents, and
there's a number of reasons for that. And so, either IG-55 or
IG-541 are probably the two most common agents used today in
Australia, so there certainly has been a shift. Those two agents
have a lot better environmental footprint, no depletion on ozone
layer or contribute to global warming. Also a lot more accessible
now when compared to what they used to.
Can you advise of the actual QBCC licence required to
work with gaseous suppression agents in Queensland?
Special Hazards Suppression Systems. Licensing information
specific to this licence class is available
While an EAHL is not required when working on
non-prescribed gases, is there a position about extending this to
other systems given the system pressures/person safety
At the moment, the licensing for ODS and SGG is in regulation
for these types of agents, however there is a voluntary scheme in
the industry for these agents through FPAS where we certainly as a
best practice, technicians should go through that same training
scheme. The training itself does cover a wide range of systems but
also it goes through and highlights the changes and differences in
the systems and those that have effects on the environment. View
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