Fire protection technicians must comply with QBCC and national regulations

The Fire Protection Industry (ODS & SGG) Board (FPIB) and the QBCC remind QBCC licenced technicians that they are not exempt from the national Fire Protection Industry Permit Scheme.

In addition to QBCC licence requirements, national regulations require all technicians who install, decommission, service or maintain gaseous fire suppression systems or portable extinguishers containing ozone depleting substances (ODS) or synthetic greenhouse gases (SGG) (like FM200® and NAF blends) to be licenced with the FPIB. A permit is also required if a person buys, stores or sells these gases.  

The national permit scheme aims to reduce ODS and SGG emissions by ensuring technicians and organisations that handle, trade and/or dispose of these gases are suitably knowledgeable and can competently handle bulk gas or related equipment. It is essential discharges are avoided as ODS damage the Earth’s protective ozone layer, allowing more harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun to reach the earth, while SGG contribute to climate change by trapping heat in the atmosphere.

Executive Officer Paul Hodgson said FPIB was often approached by Queensland technicians confused about state and national licensing requirements.

“Our licensing coordinators have reported confusion from some Queensland technicians who wrongfully believe that a QBCC licence covers them under national requirements, but this is not the case” Mr Hodgson said.

“If you’re a Queensland technician who installs, decommissions, services or maintain gaseous fire suppression systems or portable extinguishers containing ODS or SGG, you must ensure you hold the licences and permits relevant to your work with both the QBCC and the FPIB.

“It’s also important to note that completing the qualifications for a QBCC licence does not guarantee you have completed the units of competency required for a permit under the national scheme.”

Visit the FPIB website to see a breakdown of FPIB licensing types and their requirements. For further information, refer to the FPIB website or call 1300 731 922.