Grammar School Boatshed: Evacuation Diagrams: AS 3745-2010: Emergency Plan

AUST - Hendry provided the owner a metropolitan Grammar School of a boatshed with an emergency plan and evacuation diagrams for a part 2 storey building under AS 3745-2010 ‘Planning for emergencies in facilities’. The building’s emergency control procedures and evacuation diagrams were not up to date and did not comply with the provisions of AS 3745-2010. AS 3745 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). The Emergency Planning Committee

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 The building had superseded emergency procedures and evacuation diagrams (evacuation signs) that did not comply with the current provisions of AS 3745-2010.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

Emergency Plan: Evacuation Diagrams: AS 3745-2010Emergency Plan: Evacuation Diagrams: AS 3745-2010

AUST - Emergency Plan advises that across Australia AS 3745-2010 ‘Planning for emergencies in facilities’ now requires evacuation diagrams (evacuation signs) to be prepared in accordance with the new provisions as set out in the standard. The standard has been extensively updated relative to symbols, sizes and options for the design/ assessor to implement on an evacuation diagram. Queensland building owners and occupiers must be mindful that the Building Fire Safety Regulation 2008 (BFSR)incorporates its own emergency plan and evacuation sign requirements. Evacuation signs must first of all be prepared with the BFSR provisions in mind and then adopt the AS 3745-2010 provisions where the BFSR does not comment. The following evacuation diagram (evacuation sign) is a typical representation

Shortfalls: Existing Evacuation Diagrams: Emergency Plan

AUST – Emergency Plan assessors have been noticing a number of significant shortfalls when viewing existing evacuation diagrams and evacuation signs. On a number of occasions we have been commissioned by clients to either review existing evacuation diagrams or prepare an emergency plan with the necessary evacuation diagrams/evacuation signs. It is not just a matter of complying with the format and layout of evacuation diagrams recommended in AS 3745-2010 ‘Planning for emergencies in facilities’ (or the Queensland Building Fire Safety Regulation 2008), there are other considerations required to ensure evacuation diagrams perform the function they are designed for. The presentation of

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

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

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.

Evacuation Diagrams for Rooms in a Multi-Storey Hotel Building: AS 3745-2010

AUST – Emergency Plan was commissioned by the General Manager of a hotel to prepare the necessary emergency plan and hotel room 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 had also occurred that required the evacuation diagrams to be updated.AS 3745 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