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 care facilities in their emergency response procedures to enable staff to discreetly communicate emergency information in the presence of patients and visitors.
AS 4083-2010 was revised to replace AS 4083-1997. The significant differences between the 1997 and 2010 versions of AS 4083 are:
- The re-defining of Code Yellow from “Internal Emergencies” to “Infrastructure and Other Internal Emergencies”.
- The re-defining of Code Black from “Personal Threat (Armed or Unarmed Persons Threatening Injury to Others or to Themselves)” to “Personal Threat (Armed or Unarmed Persons Threatening Injury to Others or to Themselves, or Illegal Occupancy)”.
- The recommendation that State/ Territory health departments introduce, where possible, a nationally consistent and unique telephone number comprising two or three digits for the internal notification of facility emergencies.
AS 3745-2010 was revised to replace AS 3745-2002. The purpose of the revision was to emphasize the difference between emergency plans and emergency/ evacuation procedures and to provide expanded and revised information relating to:
- Emergency plan development.
- The size of the emergency control organisation.
- Emergency planning committee and emergency control organisation duties and indemnity.
- Occupants with a disability.
- Education and training.