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

QLD – Fire Safety Installations Audit: Building Audit

QLD – HENDRY building certifiers provide a complete and independent fire safety installation audit and reporting service on fire safety installations to suit clients’ buildings. A fire safety installation audit enables property managers and building owners to have the assurance that their building are safe and meet their fire safety installation audit obligations under Building Fire Safety Regulations 2008 (BFSR) leading to the signing of the Annual Occupiers Statement… (more) Building Legislation Table Refer to our Building Legislation Table for further information on the building control process and fire safety advisors. Further Advice For building surveying consultancy advice please contact our closest HENDRY office by clicking here.http://www.buildingaudit.com.au/?p=2307http://www.buildingaudit.com.au/?p=2307http://www.buildingaudit.com.au/?p=2307http://www.buildingaudit.com.au/?p=2307

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

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.”