AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Code of Australia under Part E4 emergency lighting, exit signs and warning systems requires the installation (location) of exit signs to be in accordance with AS 2293.1-2005 ‘Emergency escape lighting and exit signs for buildings – System design, installation and operation’. Too often exit signs are installed incorrectly, subsequently altered without a building approval issued by a building surveyor and not maintained, creating difficulty when applying for an Annual Statement.

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 became 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 Measures 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 building regulations, usually via a building notice or similar instrument.

The following photographs depicts various exist signs and directional exit signs originally located in bad positions, wrong positions, subsequently obscured or not maintained.

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