VIC – Emergency Plan advises building owners and property managers of multi-tenanted buildings of their duty of care under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 to provide a safe work place to tenants, visitors and tradespeople. This duty of care extends to a procedure to respond to emergencies (AS 3745-2010), and this procedure is also needed by the tenants to meet their duty of care to the staff they employ. This in part is provided by an emergency response training exercise, and is specified under AS 3745-2010 ‘Planning for emergencies in facilities’ where the building owner is specifically mentioned.
A building-wide response to an emergency requires the cooperation and involvement of tenants and wardens to provide adequate emergency response training. To close the loop on this mutual dependence between the tenant and the owner, the lease agreements should include provision for tenants to co-operate with all emergency response measures under AS 3745-2010, including providing wardens for the Emergency Control Organisation and participation of all staff in evacuation exercise training. By ensuring the involvement of tenants, building owners can source an economical, building-wide emergency response procedure and training regime that complies with AS 3745-2010.
Work Health Safety Legislation
Refer to our Work Health Safety Legislation Table for further statutory information on safe occupation of a building.