AUST – Emergency Plan was approached by the owner of a multi-storey office building to prepare the necessaryemergency plan and evacuation diagrams under AS 3745 – 2010 ‘Planning for emergencies in facilities’. The building contained various tenancies, some occupying the whole floor, other floors having multiple tenants.

emerg_plan_commThe building had a number of superseded emergency procedures and evacuation diagrams/ signs that did not comply with the new provisions of AS 3745 – 2010. Minor building works with a building approval had also occurred that required the evacuation diagrams to be updated. AS 3745 now requires the Emergency Planning Committee to nominate a validation date for the evacuation diagrams (that is, the date upon which the evacuation diagrams must be re-assessed against potential changes that have occurred to the building or AS 3745 – 2010). The Emergency Planning Committee in this instance, chose 24 months.

Building owners and tenants should realise that any building works occurring in the building that offsets the information contained on the evacuation diagram or emergency procedures, requires the evacuation diagram to be upgraded and re-issued expeditiously.

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

Note: that various symbols and indicators on evacuation signs under the BFSR and Queensland Fire and Rescue Service 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 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

Refer to our Work Health Safety Legislation Table for further statutory information on safe occupation of a building.