AUST – Hendry advises that an essential safety measures audit must be undertaken by an auditor experienced in various types of essential safety measures audits covering all classes and types of buildings.
An essential safety measures audit should only be undertaken by the auditor when they are conversant with the following:
1. Aware of the state’s legal documentation notifying the presence of essential safety measures (issued by the building surveyor or building certifier)
- Victoria – Maintenance Schedule, Maintenance Determination, Occupancy Permit
- Queensland – Certificate of Classification
- New South Wales – Fire Safety Schedule or Fire Safety Certificate
- South Australia – Schedule of Essential Safety Provisions
- Tasmania – Schedule of Essential Safety and Health Features or a Schedule of Essential Safety and Health Measures
2. Aware of the states legislative requirements e.g. Building Acts, Building Regulations, Development Regulations, Specifications, etc.
3. Aware of previous state regulations “essential services” legislative provisions. These requirements can still prevail as existing provisions for inspection, testing and maintenance, and must be reported in an essential safety measures audit.
4. Aware of the essential safety measure audit items listed in the Tables of Clause I1.1 Safety Measures in Part I1 Equipment and Safety Measures in the Building Code of Australia.
5. Understanding of the Australian Standards nominated to be observed during an essential safety measures audit.
6. Being able to provide the client on the best standard required for a state based regulatory compliant essential safety measures logbook.
7. Being able to articulate in the essential safety measures audit logbook accurately the defect being recorded i.e. location, photograph, explanation, direction on how to rectify, etc.
8. Able to advise the client what information from the essential safety measures audit affects the clients requirements to provide to the authorities the annual statements and the like.
An auditor performing an essential safety measures audit provides a service to the building owner and occupiers of the buildings that can only be described as a life safety inspection. The failure of any essential safety measures will affect the safety of the occupiers. Accurate recording of essential safety measures defects in the essential safety measures audit logbook is paramount for the building owner to protect their interests.