QLD – Emergency Plan was appointed by the business owner of a truck repair factory to prepare the evacuation signs/evacuation diagrams and an emergency plan for an allotment containing four buildings.

The building’s emergency plan, evacuation coordination procedures and evacuation signs did not comply with the provisions of AS 3745-2010. Building works under a building approval had also occurred, requiring the evacuation signs to be updated. AS 3745 now requires the Emergency Planning Committee to nominate a validation date for the evacuation signs (that is, the date upon which the evacuation signs must be re-assessed against potential changes that have occurred to the building or AS 3745-2010).

Managers responsible for the safety of the occupants should realise that any building works occurring in the building that affects the information contained on the evacuation signs requires the evacuation signs to be amended and re-issued expeditiously.

The client requested the evacuation signs to be provided in A3 size and in landscape presentation, an example of which follows:

(Note: that various symbols and indicators in evacuation signs under the Building Fire Safety Regulation (BFSR) and Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) vary to those nominated in AS 3745-2010 ‘Planning for emergencies in facilities’. If the client requested dual compliance with BFSR and AS 3745-2010, then the BFSR symbols would take precedence and then followed by AS 3745-2010 for the symbols – indicators not included in the BFSR).

Work Health Safety Legislation

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Further Advice

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