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.