QLD – Emergency Plan advises building owners, property and body corporate managers within Queensland have legislative obligations with regards to providing each facility with Evacuation Co-ordination Procedures and the requirement to retain hardcopies onsite with other fire safety documentation including the Fire & Evacuation Plan and Evacuation Signs.

The Building Fire Safety Regulation 2008 (BFSR) Part 4 Evacuation planning, instruction and practice Division 1 Preliminary Subdivision 1 Interpretation requires that building owners, property and body corporate managers within Queensland to appoint an Evacuation Coordinator to help prepare Evacuation Co-ordination Procedures that contains the following information pertaining to the actions required to be taken in the event of a fire or hazardous materials emergency.

Evacuation Co-ordination Procedures Requirements

1) Alerting and communicating with persons in the building, i.e. procedures for using intercommunication devices, public address systems and messengers to alert and communicate with persons.

2) Alerting the fire service, including using manually operated fire alarms.

3) Arranging the evacuation of persons with special needs, members of the public and other persons in the building to a designated assembly area for the building; and

4) Checking whether all persons have been evacuated from the building, i.e.

  •  Taking a rollcall of known occupants of the building or a part of the building.
  •  Asking members of the public evacuated from a building about the number and identity of persons who were in the building and have not been accounted for.

5) Informing the evacuation coordinator for the building of—

  • The number of persons evacuated; and
  • The number and identity of any persons not accounted for.

6) Meeting the fire officers attending the building in response to the fire or emergency at a suitable place stated in the fire and evacuation plan for the building.

7) Ensure adequate evacuation signs are distributed throughout the building as depicted in the following evacuation sign.

(Note: Various symbols and indicators in 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 the BFSR symbols would take precedence and then followed by AS 3745-2010 for the symbols – indicators not included in the BFSR)

This is to be a separate part of the overall Fire and Evacuation Plan for the building to supplement, not replace the need for a Fire and Evacuation Plan failure to have Evacuation Co-ordination Procedures will be classed as an infringement of State fire safety legislation and will incur a monetary penalty under BFSR.

Work Health Safety Legislation

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