Property Managers and AS 3745-2010

VIC – Hendry advises building owners and property managers of multi-tenanted buildings of their duty of care under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 to provide a safe work place to tenants, visitors and tradespeople. This duty of care extends to a procedure to respond to emergencies (AS 3745-2010), and this procedure is also needed by the tenants to meet their duty of care to the staff they employ. This in part is provided by an emergency response training exercise, and is specified under AS 3745-2010 ‘Planning for emergencies in facilities’ where the building owner is specifically mentioned. A building-wide response

Misleading Exits: Evacuation Diagrams: Evacuation Signs

AUST – Emergency Plan audits have revealed misleading exits marked on evacuation diagrams (evacuation signs). The latest version of AS 3745-2010 ‘Planning for emergencies in facilities’ details the requirements of evacuation diagrams/evacuation signs required to alert occupants of essential safety measures in their building. These evacuation signs, also known as evacuation diagrams, include a plan of the floor or area of the building. The floor plan on the evacuation diagram/evacuation signs is required to show the designated exits. Designated exits include the paths of travel required to fulfil the Building Code of Australia minimum requirements and are based on factors

Multi-Storey Hotel Building: Emergency Plan: Evacuation Diagrams

AUST – Emergency Plan was commissioned by the General Manager of a major hotel to prepare the necessary emergency plan and evacuation diagrams (evacuation signs) under AS 3745-2010 ‘Planning for emergencies in facilities’ for an existing multi-storey hotel building. The building contained various tenancies at ground level and hotel rooms above. The building had superseded emergency procedures and evacuation diagrams (evacuation signs) that did not comply with the current provisions of AS 3745-2010. Minor building works at ground level had also occurred that required the evacuation diagrams to be updated. AS 3745  now requires the Emergency Planning Committee to nominate

Large Laboratory Building: Evacuation

QLD – Hendry was appointed by the proprietor of a business which incorporates laboratory testing to prepare the evacuation signs/evacuation diagrams for a new large laboratory building. New evacuation coordination procedures were prepared in accordance with the Building Fire Safety Regulation 2008 (BFSR) AS 3745-2010 ‘Planning for emergencies in facilities’ now requires the Emergency Planning Committee to nominate a validation date for the evacuation diagrams (that is, the date upon which the evacuation diagrams must be re-assessed against potential changes that have occurred to the building or AS 3745-2010). Those responsible for the safety of the occupants must realise that any

Leases: Emergency Plan: Emergency Response Procedures: AS 3745-2010

AUST - Hendry advises that property owners and managers should ensure that leases not only cover the safety of occupants in an emergency, but also include emergency plan and emergency response procedures obligations for occupants to participate in emergency planning as required by AS 3745-2010 ‘Planning for emergencies in facilities’. Emergency situations in a workplace can develop from a number of causes. The occupant’s awareness of emergency response procedures and emergency preparedness will directly affect their ability to minimise loss and suffering. Careful planning through the development of an emergency plan under AS 3745-2010 can reduce the impact of emergencies that

Building Compliance: Building Code of Australia

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise building owners and managers need to be aware that a majority of buildings do not comply with the current  Building Code of Australia or building regulations. Each year various aspects of the Building Code of Australia are enhanced or amended according to industry and community consultation and feedback, and also according to the agenda and direction identified and adopted by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG). Recent examples of these are the enhancements to Bush Fire protection requirements, the adoption of the Disability Access provisions within the Building Code of Australia, and the inclusion of

City Apartment Building: AS 3745-2010: Evacuation Diagrams

AUST – Emergency Plan was requested by an apartment building’s Corporation Manager to provide the necessary emergency plan and evacuation diagrams (evacuation signs) under AS 3745-2010 ‘Planning for emergencies in facilities’, The building is a 2 storeys high. Corporation Managers and unit holders must realise that any building works under a building approval occurring in the building that offsets the information contained in the evacuation diagrams,or emergency procedures, requires the evacuation diagram to be upgraded and reissued expeditiously. The client requested the evacuation diagrams to be provided in A4 size and in landscape presentation, an example of which follows: (Note:

Multi-Story Building: Basement Carpark: Evacuation Diagrams

AUST – Emergency Plan was requested by a property manager to prepare an emergency plan and evacuation diagrams for their multi-storey buildings basement carpark under AS 3745-2010 ‘Planning for emergencies in facilities’. The client’s emergency plan and evacuation diagrams were outdated and the emergency plan needed a complete revision to comply with AS 3745-2010. Building owners and tenants should realise that any building works occurring in the building that offsets the information contained on the evacuation diagrams or emergency procedures, requires the evacuation diagrams to be upgraded and re-issued expeditiously under AS 3745-2010. The client requested the evacuation diagrams to

AS 3745-2010: Evacuation Diagrams: Emergency Plan

AUST – Emergency Plan has observed that many occupiers of buildings have set up emergency response procedures, evacuation diagrams, training wardens in the emergency control organisation and carrying out evacuation exercises. Often these evacuation exercises have shown how little occupants know about the emergency procedures, despite the requirement of the previous standard, AS 3745-2002, to ensure occupants were aware of the procedures. Methods used in the past to raise occupant awareness have included placing signs in the facility, and these have taken all sorts of shapes and sizes and have included various levels of information. AS 3745-2010 prescribes measures that can raise occupant awareness.

AS 3745-2010: Emergency Plan Compliance Package

VIC – Emergency Plan advises that employers know they have a responsibility to provide a safe work place for their employees including during emergencies. This is a requirement under state based Occupational Health & Safety Legislation. Building owners also have a duty of care to make sure that occupants and visitors are safe in the building, including during emergencies. The extent and detail of the emergency procedures required to be in place are not detailed by a specific piece of legislation, so employers and building owners must rely on independent standards to guide the detail. The current best business practice is detailed