QLD – Emergency Plan advises that the Building Fire Safety Regulation 2008 (BFSR) requires the occupier of a building to display procedures for safely evacuating the building in the event of a fire or hazardous materials emergency by way of evacuation signs/evacuation diagrams.

evac_diagram_legendSuch information is expected to be provided through the display of Evacuation Signs – Evacuation Diagrams that comprise a pictorial representation of a floor or area (Evacuation Diagram) and other relevant emergency and evacuation information (Evacuation Sign) as prescribed by theBuilding Fire Safety Regulation 2008 (BFSR).                                                                                                                               The Building Fire Safety Regulation 2008 (BFSR) also specifies the ‘fire safety reference points’ to be incorporated on each Evacuation Diagram which includes, but is not limited to:

  • ‘You are here’ signage
  • The route from the ‘you are here’ location
  • Each exit of the building
  • The location of communication equipment including Warden Intercommunication Points (WIP’s), Manual Call Points (MCP’s), Emergency Call Points (ECP’s) and main panels/controls for occupant warning equipment
  • The location of fire fighting appliances including extinguishers, blankets, hose reels and hydrants
  • The designated assembly area outside the building
  • The route from each exit to the assembly area

For symbols not nominated in BFSR 2008, Australian Standard AS 3745 – 2010 ‘Planning for emergencies in facilities’  evacuation sign / evacuation diagram symbols are to be used.

Building Legislation Table

Refer to our Queensland Building Legislation table for further information on the building control process.