Evacuation Exercise: Trial Evacuations: When Things Go Wrong

Work Place Safety Assessors advise that observing trial evacuations (evacuation exercise) from facilities there has been plenty of opportunity to witness interesting incidents. ‘Facilities’ can refer to a wide range of buildings such as office blocks, factories, warehouses, hotels and schools.  Many of these incidents are revealing, in that the evacuations were stressful,  inspiring or educational. Trial evacuations are valuable for working out if emergency response equipment works the way it is supposed to and if people know how to use it. Here are some good examples: In a school with an EWIS (SSIS) system, the wardens were asked to use the Warden

Sound Systems and Intercom Systems Training: AS 3745-2010: Emergency Planning

VIC – Emergency Plan advises that Emergency Planning including Sound Systems and Intercom Systems (SSIS) for emergency purposes, Emergency Warning and Intercommunication Systems (EWIS) and Occupant Warning Systems (OWS) may be available to aid occupants of a building in an emergency. The emergency response procedures under AS 3745-2010 will specify the use of SSIS, EWIS and OWS systems during emergencies. It is important that the Emergency Control Organisation and in particular the Communications Officer understands how to operate these systems during an emergency… (more)                                                                    

Sound Systems and Intercom Systems Training: Emergency Plan

NSW - Emergency Plan advises that Sound Systems and Intercom Systems (SSIS) for emergency purposes, Emergency Warning and Intercommunication Systems (EWIS) and Occupant Warning Systems (OWS) may be available to aid the occupants of a building in an emergency. The emergency response procedures will specify the use of these SSIS, EWIS and OWS systems during emergencies. It is important that the Emergency Control Organisation and in particular the Communications Officer (if appointed), Chief Warden and deputy Chief Warden understand the capabilities of these SSIS, EWIS and OWS systems and know how to operate them during an emergency… (more) Work Health Safety

Sound Systems and Intercom Systems: SSIS: AS 3745-2010: Emergency Plan

SA - Emergency Plan advises that Sound Systems and Intercom Systems (SSIS) for emergency purposes, Emergency Warning and Intercommunication Systems (EWIS) and Occupant Warning Systems (OWS) may be available to aid the occupants of a building in an emergency. The emergency response procedures will specify the use of these SSIS, EWIS and OWS systems during emergencies. It is important that the Emergency Control Organisation and in particular the Communications Officer (if appointed), Chief Warden and deputy Chief Warden understand the capabilities of these SSIS, EWIS and OWS systems and know how to operate them during an emergency… (more) Work Health Safety

Sound Systems and Intercom Systems

AUST – The Building Code of Australia requires high rise buildings to have a sound system and intercom system (SSIS) complying with AS 1670.4-2004 ‘Fire detection, warning, control and intercom systems – System design, installation and commissioning – Sound systems and intercom systems for emergency purposes’, for emergency purposes. This installation is required by the Building Code of Australia when the building height exceeds 25m in effective height. A SSIS installation under AS 1670.4-2004 ‘Fire detection, warning, control and intercom systems – System design, installation and commissioning – Sound systems and intercom systems for emergency purposes’ comprises a master control panel

SSIS: Sound Systems and Intercom Systems: Training: AS 3745: Emergency Plan

VIC - Emergency Plan advises that Sound Systems and Intercom Systems (SSIS) for emergency purposes, Emergency Warning and Intercommunication Systems (EWIS) and Occupant Warning Systems (OWS) may be available to aid the occupants of a building in an emergency. The emergency response procedures will specify the use of these SSIS, EWIS and OWS systems during emergencies. It is important that the Emergency Control Organisation and in particular the Communications Officer (if appointed), Chief Warden and deputy Chief Warden understand the capabilities of these SSIS, EWIS and OWS systems and know how to operate them during an emergency… (more) Further Advice For

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

Sound Systems and Intercom Systems Training: Emergency Plan

NSW - Emergency Plan advises that Sound Systems and Intercom Systems (SSIS) for emergency purposes, Emergency Warning and Intercommunication Systems (EWIS) and Occupant Warning Systems (OWS) may be available to aid the occupants of a building in an emergency. The emergency response procedures will specify the use of these SSIS, EWIS and OWS systems during emergencies. It is important that the Emergency Control Organisation and in particular the Communications Officer (if appointed), Chief Warden and deputy Chief Warden understand the capabilities of these SSIS, EWIS and OWS systems and know how to operate them during an emergency… (more) Work Health Safety

Sound Systems and Intercom Systems: SSIS: AS 3745-2010: Emergency Plan

SA - Emergency Plan advises that Sound Systems and Intercom Systems (SSIS) for emergency purposes, Emergency Warning and Intercommunication Systems (EWIS) and Occupant Warning Systems (OWS) may be available to aid the occupants of a building in an emergency. The emergency response procedures will specify the use of these SSIS, EWIS and OWS systems during emergencies. It is important that the Emergency Control Organisation and in particular the Communications Officer (if appointed), Chief Warden and deputy Chief Warden understand the capabilities of these SSIS, EWIS and OWS systems and know how to operate them during an emergency… (more) Work Health Safety

Sound Systems and Intercom Systems: SSIS: Essential Safety Measures

AUST - Essential Property Services advises that the Building Code of Australia (BCA) requires high-rise buildings to have a sound system and intercom system (SSIS) (essential safety measures) for emergency purposes. The installation is required by the BCA when the building height exceeds 25m in effective height and a number of other criteria for class 3, 9a and 9b buildings. Previous to SSIS, the sound systems and intercom systems were known as emergency warning and intercommunication systems (EWIS). Either SSIS or EWIS would be nominated by a building surveyor/ certifier in an essential safety measures determination/ schedule. Building Code of Australia The