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,

Training: First Attack Fire Fighting: Emergency Plan

AUST - Hendry advises that whilst modern buildings are being built higher, they still need to maintain safety standards for the occupants. As well as AS 3745-2010 ‘Planning for emergencies in facilities’, one of the basic safety measures that still forms part of this safety network is the provision of fire extinguishers and hose reels, that is, first attack fire fighting training. All fires start small, and there is still a strong case for suppressing small fires before they test the structural design of the whole building. These first attack fire fighting appliances are available to occupants to use but, like most tools,

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

Large Grease Plant: Evacuation Signs: Emergency Plan

QLD – Hendry was requested by a client to prepare evacuation signs/evacuation diagrams and a fire and evacuation plan for their existing large grease plant factory under the Building Fire Safety Regulation 2008 (BFSR). The client’s fire and evacuation plan (emergency plan) and evacuation signs/evacuation diagrams were outdated to the extent that they did not include recent alterations. The fire evacuation plan needed a complete revision to comply with the provisions of BFSR. Building owners and tenants must realise that any building works occurring in the building that offsets the information contained on the evacuation signs (evacuation diagrams), requires the evacuation signs

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

AS 3745-2010: Carpark Basements: Evacuation Diagrams: Evacuation Signs

AUST - Hendry was commissioned by the property manager to prepare the evacuation diagrams (evacuation signs) for an existing multi-level basement car park under AS 3745-2010 ‘Planning for emergencies in facilities’. The client’s emergency plan and evacuation diagrams or evacuation signs were outdated to the extent that they did not include new requirements with AS 3745. The emergency plan and evacuation diagrams needed a complete revision to comply with the new provisions in AS 3745-2010. Building owners, property managers and tenants should realise that any building works occurring in the building that offsets the information contained on the evacuation diagrams

Occupant Warning System: Emergency Plan

AUST – Hendry advises that the Building Code of Australia (BCA) in Table I1.8 Safety Measures – Occupant warning systems nominates 'Building occupant warning system' and 'Sound system and intercom systemfor emergency purposes' or SSIS as essential safety measures. The nomination for either of these types of systems to be installed in a building is selective under the BCA. Building Code of Australia The following is an extract of Table I1.8 in Part I1 Equipment and Safety Installations. This table shows the standard of performance (maintenance requirements) required for each system.  Safety Measures BCA Provision for determining standard of performance  Sound system and intercom system for emergency purposes  E4.9  Clause

Tenants: Emergency Response Training: Emergency Plan: AS 3745

NSW – Hendry advises property managers of multi-tenanted buildings of their duty of care under the Work Health and Safety Legislation to provide a safe work place to tenants, visitors and tradespeople. This duty of care extends to a procedure to respond to emergencies, 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 3745–2010Planning for emergencies in facilities. A building wide response to an emergency needs the cooperation and involvement of tenants and wardens to provide all with

Occupant Training Frequency: AS 3745-2010: Emergency Plan

AUST - Hendry advises that AS 3745-2010 ‘Planning for emergencies in facilities’ has consolidated the frequency of occupant training including skill retention activities expected to be provided to the occupants of a facility including those occupants responsible for implementing and managing a facility’s emergency response procedures. Facility occupants should generally receive occupant training at the commencement of their duties to enable them to act in accordance with the documented emergency response procedures under AS 3745-2010. Facility occupants are then required to participate in further skills retention (occupant training) activities at intervals not greater than 12 months. These skills retention activities may be delivered by various means