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

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

Property Managers and Evacuation Diagrams

VIC – Hendry reports that under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004, a Property Manager (for public areas) tenants and employers must ensure that, in the event of an emergency at any place of work 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 order to meet such legislative requirements, evacuation diagrams or

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

Emergency Plan: AS 4083-2010: AS 3745-2010

AUST - Hendry advises that unlike AS 3745-2010 ‘Planning for emergencies in facilities’,  AS 4083-2010 ‘Planning for emergencies – Health care facilities’ deals specifically with emergencies occurring internally and externally to a health care facility and how local staff are relied upon to respond. The term ‘health care facility’ refers to a hospital, nursing home, residential care or any other facility that provides health care services as defined in the Building Code of Australia (BCA). Whilst the use of a standardised emergency response colour code system is referenced in both AS 4083-2010 and AS 3745-2010, the system is embraced by health

BFSR: Evacuation Signs: Evaucation Diagrams: Emergency Plan

QLD - Hendry advises building owners, property and body corporate managers within Queensland have legislative obligations with regards to providing each facility with evacuation signs (evacuation diagrams). These are to be displayed onsite at each facility. All evacuation signs should be in an area that is conspicuous and be securely attached to the wall or internal side of a door. The evacuation sign must be securely attached without compromising the integrity of any fire doors or walls in accordance with AS 3745-2010 'Planning for emergencies in facilities'. Under AS 3745, every building must have evacuation diagrams (except Class 1a and