AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Code of Australia (BCA) under Part G1, Clause G1.2 ‘Refrigerated chambers, strong rooms and vaults‘ sets out safety criteria for the safe operation of refrigerated chambers (cool room/freezers). These provisions are ignored frequently when considering essential safety measures provisions.

Building Compliance System

Through the various types of inspections (such as essential safety measures, BCA audits, due diligence audits or fire safety audits) undertaken by HENDRY and Essential Property Services, our staff become aware of situations in a number of buildings that are unsafe for the occupants of a building.

While essential safety measures legislation concerning the maintenance of essential safety provisions around Australia does not allow for ‘directions’ to be used to force an existing building to comply with the current Building Code of Australia, a statutory authority (in most instances, the local council) can force the owner of an existing building to comply with current regulations (building upgrade), usually via a building notice or similar instrument.

The following photographs depicts various situations that don’t comply with the current provisions of the Building Code of Australia under Clause G1.2.

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