Personal Flotation Devices (PFD’s)

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Personal Flotation Devices (PFD’s)

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Been battling this for a few days now and thought I’d share my findings. This will also help those coming to Queensland shores, domestic and International with regard Personal Flotation Devices (PFD’s) - type 1 specifically.



I just found that my 4 PFD’s had expired. The bottom line: $42each and you have to include the CO2 cylinder (i.e. can’t post them, only Couriers to transport them or yourself) to have them ‘serviced’. Did copious amounts of searching, finally calling Maritime Safety – Queensland to sort out what the ‘service’ requirements included. They are yet to confirm my question, “Can I service my own PFD’s?” and I’ll keep chasing until I get a name and some information to feed back.



Their ‘Marine Information Bulletin’ covers three key areas though:

Where does it state that they must be serviced?

Yes, your inflatable personal flotation device must be serviced regularly. Follow the manufacturer's recommended service program for frequency of servicing or have it done annually. Be sure to keep receipts and certificates of servicing as documentary evidence is necessary to show that servicing has taken place.

Keeping a safety equipment log for your boat is a way to record replacement and servicing of all your safety equipment.




Who can service them?

Self servicing of inflatable personal flotation devices is not recommended. However, for recreational ships, should you consider yourself competent to do your own service you may.



In Australia, who does this apply too?

All states require personal flotation devices that comply with the appropriate Australian Standard for the area of operation. Provided your jackets comply with one of the Australian or international standards mentioned in appendix 1, are in sound condition and suitable for the waters you are operating in they are acceptable.



It also talks about the current change occurring as I write according to the new standards for manufacturers. Retailers will be trying to offload all their old AS1512 type 1 PFD’s, replacing with the new AS4758 type 1 PFD’s. Its still OK to use the AS1512 types, but I’d go for the newer if I had a choice.



One of the official documents that covers all this is: http://www.msq.qld.gov.au/~/media/msqfi ... d_faqs.pdf
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Personal Flotation Devices (PFD’s)

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They are yet to confirm my question, “Can I service my own PFD’s?” and I’ll keep chasing until I get a name and some information to feed back.


Have a good response, sadly by telephone only. From a Safety Officer at the Southport Maritime Services.



Yes, the legislation allows for non-commercial PFD's to be serviced by the owner on an annual basis. They must be re-kitted with the appropriate manufacturers kits ensuring that the correct kit is purchased. The receipt must then be kept as evidence and a 'service card' of some sort completed and carried with the receipt. The PFD's also need to be 'scribed' (normally close to the CO2 cartridge) with the date of the service/inspection.



We also carry a copy of the legislation with us on board.
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