Liability: Emergency Planning Committee: Emergency Plan

AUST – Emergency Plan advises that AS 3745-2010 ‘Planning for emergencies in facilities’ contains legal obligations that concern people involved in emergency preparedness (as members of the Emergency Planning Committee and Emergency Control Organisation) and involves the statement regarding legal liability. Clause 2.1.3 in AS 3745-2002 states: “Both the Emergency Planning Committee and the Emergency Control Organisation personnel shall be indemnified by their employer against civil liability resulting from workplace emergency assessment, education, fire safety training sessions, periodic exercises or fire evacuation of a building, where the personnel act in good faith and in the course of their emergency control duties.”

Guide to Emergency Plan Development: AS 3745-2010

AUST – Emergency Plan advises that the revised Standard AS 3745-2010 ‘Planning for emergencies in facilities’ includes some new requirements of building owners and occupants to provide an emergency plan and serves as a best practice standard for ensuring workplace safety in emergency conditions. Some States such as Queensland already have existing regulations, namely the Building Fire Safety Regulation 2008 (BFSR), that govern emergency planning and while these take precedence over AS 3745-2010, their intent and objectives are largely the same. An integral part of emergency planning is the development of the emergency plan, and an emergency plan developed and

Emergency Occupant Training: Emergency Plan

AUST – Emergency Plan advises that if there is one thing that AS 3745-2010 ‘Planning for emergencies in facilities’ emphasises, it is the interaction of elements in dealing successfully with emergencies. The AS 3745-2010 Standard highlights how buildings elements, essential safety measures and occupant training need to work together to maximise occupant safety. Like most emergencies, the failure of providing adequate occupant training can quickly change a manageable emergency into an unmitigated disaster. Not the least of these elements is the people affected by the emergency! For years the need to train the Emergency Control Organisation (ECO) has been understood

Emergency Plan Overview: AS 3745

NSW – Emergency Plan advises that an emergency plan developed and implemented in accordance with AS 3745-2010 ‘Planning for emergencies in facilities’ is part of the solution to an employer’s responsibility under the Work Health Safety legislation to provide a safe workplace. Similarly an emergency management plan may help protect organisations and persons responsible for a facility or workplace from litigation arising out of the ‘duty of care’ provisions contained in common law… (more) Work Health Safety Legislation Refer to our Work Health Safety Legislation Table for further statutory information on safe occupation of a building including emergency control organisation and evacuation diagrams. Further Advice For safe occupation of a building

Evacuation Exercise: Trial Evacuations: When Things Go Wrong

Work Place Safety Assessors advise that observing trial evacuations (evacuation exercise) from facilities there has been plenty of opportunity to witness interesting incidents. ‘Facilities’ can refer to a wide range of buildings such as office blocks, factories, warehouses, hotels and schools.  Many of these incidents are revealing, in that the evacuations were stressful,  inspiring or educational. Trial evacuations are valuable for working out if emergency response equipment works the way it is supposed to and if people know how to use it. Here are some good examples: In a school with an EWIS (SSIS) system, the wardens were asked to use the Warden

Emergency Plan: AS 3745

AUST – Emergency Plan can develop and implement emergency plans in accordance with Australian Standard AS 3745-2010 ‘Planning for emergencies in facilities’ as part of the solution to an employer’s responsibility under state based Work Health & Safety or Occupational Health & Safety Legislation to provide a safe workplace… (more) Work Health Safety Legislation Refer to our Work Health Safety Legislation Table for further statutory information on safe occupation of a building including fire evacuation procedures. Further Advice For safe occupation of a building advice please contact our closest Emergency Plan office by clicking here.

Factory Building: Evacuation Diagrams: Evacuation Diagrams

QLD – Emergency Plan was appointed by the business owner of a truck repair factory to prepare the evacuation diagrams and an emergency plan for an allotment containing four buildings. The building’s emergency plan, evacuation coordination procedures and evacuation signs did not comply with the provisions of AS 3745-2010. Building works under a building approval had also occurred, requiring the evacuation signs to be updated. AS 3745 now requires the Emergency Planning Committee to nominate a validation date for the evacuation signs (that is, the date upon which the evacuation signs must be re-assessed against potential changes that have occurred to the building or AS 3745-2010). Managers responsible for the safety of the occupants should realise that any

Secondary School Building: Evacuation Diagrams: AS 3745: Emergency Plan

AUST – Emergency Plan was commissioned by a school principal to prepare the necessary emergency plan and evacuation diagrams (evacuation signs) under AS 3745-2010 Planning for emergencies in facilities for an existing 2 storey secondary college… (more) Work Health Safety Legislation Refer to our Work Health Safety Legislation Table for further statutory information on safe occupation of a building including Chief Warden Training and the Emergency Planning Committee. Further Advice For safe occupation of a building advice please contact our closest Emergency Plan office by clicking here.

AS 3745: Evacuation Diagrams: Single Storey Large Factory: Emergency Plan

AUST – Emergency Plan was requested by a client to prepare an emergency plan and evacuation diagrams for their large factory building under AS 3745-2010 ‘Planning for emergencies in facilities’. The client’s emergency plan and evacuation diagrams were outdated to the extent that they did not include old and recent building alterations under a building approval. 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. The client requested the evacuation diagrams to be provided in A3 size and in landscape presentation, an example of

Emergency Planning Committee Training: Emergency Plan: AS 3745-2010

VIC – Emergency Plan advises that it is a requirement of ‘AS 3745-2010 Planning for emergencies in facilities’ that at least one member of the Emergency Planning Committee to be trained “to enable the Emergency Planning Committee to competently execute their obligations” under the emergency plan. Emergency Planning Committee Training is required to be conducted or supervised by competent persons(s) defined by AS 3745 as “A person who has acquired through training, education, qualification, experience, or a combination of these, the knowledge and skill enabling him/ her to correctly perform the required task”… (more) Occupational Health & Safety Legislation Refer