Emergency Control Organisation… out of sight, out of mind.

AUST - We are noticing when introduced to new clients that their Emergency Control Organisation is almost non-existent and not performing the required functions as required under the standard. This places the building owner, property / facility manager and tenant at risk. Property owners and managers should ensure buildings, structures and workplaces have an Emergency Control Organisation in place whose members are capable of implementing the emergency plan in an emergency situation under AS 3745 -2010 ‘Planning for emergencies in facilities’. AS 3745-2010 requires the number of Emergency Control Organisation members to be determined in accordance with the size of the facility, the number of occupants,

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.”

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

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

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

Exit Paths: AS 3745-2010: Work Health Safety

NSW – Work Place Safety Assessors advise that property managers should not rely on the report from their annual evacuation exercise under AS 3745-2010 ‘Planning for emergencies in facilities’ to ensure the paths of travel to exits are clear. This may not prove adequate to satisfy the requirements of the Environmental Planning & Assessment Regulation (EPAR). The Regulations require building owners to confirm on their Annual Fire Safety Statement that the building has been inspected by a properly qualified person and was found to be in in a position that did not disclose any ground for a prosecution under Division 7 (which covers Paths of Travel). An

Emergency Control Organisation: Chief Warden Training

AUST – Emergency Plan advises that under AS 3745-2010 ‘Planning for emergencies in facilities’, there are many critical aspects to a safe response to an emergency in a facility such as a building or other work place. All the planning documents and evacuation diagrams that have been created in the preparation of emergency planning will only support the actions taken by those involved, and one of the roles in the Emergency Control Organisation that can greatly influence the effectiveness of response is that of the Chief Warden. During an emergency, the instructions given by the Emergency Control Organisation take precedence over the normal management structure, and therefore the Chief Warden, with the responsibility to direct the Emergency Control Organisation,

Emergency Control Organisation 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 all Emergency Control Organisation members and their deputies undergo Emergency Control Organisation Training “to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to undertake the duties set out in the emergency response procedures”. Emergency Control Organisation Training is required to be conducted or supervised by competent person(s) defined by AS 3745… (more) Occupational Health & Safety Legislation Refer to our Occupational Health & Safety Legislation Table for further statutory information on safe occupation of a building.

Chief Warden: Training: Emergency Plan: AS 3745 – 2010

AUST – Emergency Plan training programs are designed for Emergency Control Organisation (ECO) members who are required under AS3745 – 2010 ‘Planning for emergencies in facilities’ to be trained in the position of chief warden, deputy chief warden and communications officer. Chief warden training is the pivotal role in ensuring the ECO outcomes are achieved. Chief Warden Training Outcomes Emergency plan training will ensure that staff develop skills to appreciate the extent of onsite workplace emergencies and that the chief warden training covers the safe evacuation of the workplace. Chief warden training covers AS3745-2010 ‘Planning for emergencies in facilities’, in particular ECO and

Emergency Plan: Emergency Control Organisation: AS 3745-2010

VIC - Emergency Plan advises ‘AS 3745 – 2010 Planning for emergencies in facilities’ defines the Emergency Control Organisation as “a person or persons appointed by the emergency planning committee to direct and control the implementation of the facility’s emergency response procedures”. At a minimum, the Emergency Control Organisation is required to consist of a chief warden or equivalent. It is the responsibility of the emergency planning committee to determine the need to include other positions in the Emergency Control Organisation such as…(more) Occupational Health & Safety Legislation Refer to our Occupational Health & Safety Legislation Table for further statutory information