The system operator is responsible for the operational safety of the extinguishing system.
Extinguishing systems are long-term investments that operators want to be able to rely on even after many years. In order to increase the service life, and above all so that the systems function reliably in an emergency, they must be regularly checked, tested, and maintained.
The operator is liable
Proper controls not only protect against long business interruptions and production downtimes in the event of fire, but are also a prerequisite for the benefits of fire protection insurance. If, for example, the insurance company discovers deficiencies in the maintenance, the insurance claims can also lapse. In addition, it may lead to criminal prosecution of the employer if bodily injury by fire occurs due to improperly maintained equipment.
It is the responsibility of the operator to ensure functioning fire protection precautions. This starts with the simple extinguisher and ends with the fully automatic extinguishing system. Only by adhering to the specified inspections can the operational readiness of the extinguishing system be ensured.
The sprinkler maintenance staff have an overview
For this reason, system operators must appoint a responsible person to carry out the necessary inspections and commission any maintenance and repair work that may be required. This ‘sprinkler maintenance staff’ keep records of all inspections and events that affect the system and, in the event of a claim, can also use the operating log to prove to the insurance company that the prescribed inspections have been carried out on time.
Special training courses enable sprinkler maintenance staff to carry out their tasks in accordance with the law and guidelines. Furthermore, training is provided by the system manufacturer in order to be familiarized with the specifics of the extinguishing system installed. For each type of system, there are clear guidelines as to when which maintenance measures must be carried out, and by whom. In addition to regular inspections by the operator, there are also inspections by test centers or the VdS (Germany), as well as maintenance and repairs by the installation company. This means that nothing else stands in the way of the operational safety and effectiveness of the system.