Work Health and Safety Legislation: Evacuation Diagrams: Emergency Plan

NSW – Hendry reports that under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011, an employer must ensure that, in the event of an emergency at any place of work at which the employer’s undertaking is conducted, arrangements (such as evacuation diagrams) have been made for the safe and rapid evacuation of persons from the place of work. Furthermore, details of the arrangements for any such evacuation are kept on display in an appropriate location or locations at the place of work. AS 3745-2010 ‘Planning for emergencies in facilities’ is designed to suit the requirements. As part of an emergency plan in

Disability Access: Premises Standards: Unisex Toilet

AUST - Hendry advise that the Building Code of Australia (BCA) allows a unisex facility required for people with a disability to be counted once for each sex under Clause F2.2(c ) for the calculation of the required number of sanitary facilities to be provided when seeking a building permit. This therefore means that if, for example, there is a requirement for a toilet block to contain 10 toilets (5 for the male and 5 for the female) the installation of a single unisex toilet for people with disability will mean that only 9 toilets will be required (4 for

Building Audit and the Final Fire Safety Certificate

NSW - Hendry advise that to perform a building audit on a building a final fire safety certificate must be obtained. This certificate must be  issued upon completion of the building works, changes of use or changes of occupancy by the owner of the building specifying that the essential fire safety measures have been properly implemented and are capable of performing to a standard not less than that required by the fire safety schedule. The assessment of the essential fire safety measures must have been carried out within 3 months prior to the date on which the final fire safety certificate is

Fire Stopping: Essential Safety Measures

AUST - Hendry advise building owners, building managers and sub-contractors (walls and ceilings) play a critical part in building occupant fire safety. Essential safety measures regulations have recognised this fact by strengthening the Regulation’s relative to fire stopping, over the years. Substantial essential safety measures statutory penalties under most State regulations, apply to building owners and occupiers that knowingly allow any inadequately sealed penetration in fire rate structures to exist by not providing adequate fire stopping. Equally severe penalties exist for simply chocking open fire and smoke resisting doors in a fire isolated stairwell or passageway. To comply with the