Fire Damper Inspections and Testing

Global can support clients with Fire Damper Testing ‘Drop Tests’ Inspections in line with the requirements of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order; 17.1 requires suitable system of maintenance, testing and repair.

This is supported by BS9999; 2017 appendix W “Arrangements should be made for all fire dampers to be tested by a competent person on completion of installation and at regular intervals not exceeding 12 months, and to be repaired or replaced immediately if found to be faulty”.

Items to check

  • Collapsed blades
  • Parted fusible links
  • Inoperative cassettes
  • Corroded / jammed springs
  • Correctly installed i.e. airflow direction / upside down
  • Damper sealed to the substrate / wall
  • Damper independently supported


  • BS9999:2017 – requires annual inspection and testing
  • BESA TR19 – requires access panels either side of damper
  • BESA TB001 – Testing report format
  • BESA DW145 – Dampers should be installed in line with DW145


Global inspect and test dampers in line with BESA TB001.

Reports should include but are not limited to the following items:

  • Test results with client information including position within the building/system, date, and name of operative shall be recorded and any comments noted if further action is required
  • Asset register to include damper location and ID number
  • Inspection results including details of failed damper operation
  • If drawings are provided, update and annotate details
  • Digital photographic evidence of damper condition prior to and after testing procedures unless otherwise specified by client
  • Explanation of failed operation and recommended corrective or remedial action

Global undertake surveys and inspections use a complete digital system, real time reporting, secure with client access to data, risk assessments, instant financial control and complete document control in one place.

Hasman are an approved training centre for the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA).