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,

Work Health and Safety Legislation: Evacuation Diagrams: Emergency Plan

NSW – Hendry reports that under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011, an employer must ensure that, in the event of an emergency at any place of work at which the employer’s undertaking is conducted, arrangements (such as evacuation diagrams) have been made for the safe and rapid evacuation of persons from the place of work. Furthermore, details of the arrangements for any such evacuation are kept on display in an appropriate location or locations at the place of work. AS 3745-2010 ‘Planning for emergencies in facilities’ is designed to suit the requirements. As part of an emergency plan in

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

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.”

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

Victorian Schools: Bushfire Preparedness: Emergency Plan

VIC - Emergency Plan advise that in preparation for the impending 'bushfire' season, schools across Victoria are reviewing and/or implementing current processes and procedures to ensure readiness amongst staff and students. After the 2009 'Black Saturday' bushfires, specific bushfire safeguards for schools were introduced. The Victorian Registration Qualifications Authority (VRQA) require all schools to provide evidence of a Critical Incident Plan and a site specific Emergency Management Plan which, must include guidelines for bushfire management. It is also a requirement by the VRQA that a school’s Emergency Plan is to be reviewed annually and after any emergency event. In addition

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

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.