Emergency Planning

Emergency Control Organisation… out of sight, out of mind.

AUST - We are noticing when introduced to new clients that their Emergency Control Organisation is almost non-existent and not performing the required functions as required under the standard. This places the building owner, property / facility manager and tenant at risk. Property owners and managers should ensure buildings, structures and workplaces have an Emergency Control Organisation in place whose members are capable of implementing the emergency plan in an emergency situation under AS 3745 -2010 ‘Planning for emergencies in facilities’. AS 3745-2010 requires the number of Emergency Control Organisation members to be determined in accordance with the size of the facility, the number of occupants,

Work Health and Safety Legislation: Evacuation Diagrams: Emergency Plan

NSW – Hendry reports that under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011, an employer must ensure that, in the event of an emergency at any place of work at which the employer’s undertaking is conducted, arrangements (such as evacuation diagrams) have been made for the safe and rapid evacuation of persons from the place of work. Furthermore, details of the arrangements for any such evacuation are kept on display in an appropriate location or locations at the place of work. AS 3745-2010 ‘Planning for emergencies in facilities’ is designed to suit the requirements. As part of an emergency plan in

Workplace Health and Safety Act: Evacuation Signs: BFSR: Emergency Plan

QLD – Hendry reports that under the Workplace Health and Safety Act, an employer must ensure that, in the event of an emergency at any place of work at which the employer’s undertaking is conducted, arrangements (such as evacuation signs/ evacuation diagrams) have been made for the safe and rapid evacuation of persons from the place of work. Furthermore, details of the arrangements for any such evacuation are kept on display in an appropriate location or locations at the place of work. AS 3745 – 2010 Planning for emergencies in facilities is designed to suit the requirements. As part of

Training: First Attack Fire Fighting: Emergency Plan

AUST - Hendry advises that whilst modern buildings are being built higher, they still need to maintain safety standards for the occupants. As well as AS 3745-2010 ‘Planning for emergencies in facilities’, one of the basic safety measures that still forms part of this safety network is the provision of fire extinguishers and hose reels, that is, first attack fire fighting training. All fires start small, and there is still a strong case for suppressing small fires before they test the structural design of the whole building. These first attack fire fighting appliances are available to occupants to use but, like most tools,

Property Managers and AS 3745-2010

VIC – Hendry 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

Large Grease Plant: Evacuation Signs: Emergency Plan

QLD – Hendry was requested by a client to prepare evacuation signs/evacuation diagrams and a fire and evacuation plan for their existing large grease plant factory under the Building Fire Safety Regulation 2008 (BFSR). The client’s fire and evacuation plan (emergency plan) and evacuation signs/evacuation diagrams were outdated to the extent that they did not include recent alterations. The fire evacuation plan needed a complete revision to comply with the provisions of BFSR. Building owners and tenants must realise that any building works occurring in the building that offsets the information contained on the evacuation signs (evacuation diagrams), requires the evacuation signs

Grammar School Boatshed: Evacuation Diagrams: AS 3745-2010: Emergency Plan

AUST - Hendry provided the owner a metropolitan Grammar School of a boatshed with an emergency plan and evacuation diagrams for a part 2 storey building under AS 3745-2010 ‘Planning for emergencies in facilities’. The building’s emergency control procedures and evacuation diagrams were not up to date and did not comply with the provisions of AS 3745-2010. AS 3745 now requires the Emergency Planning Committee to nominate a validation date for the evacuation diagrams (that is, the date upon which the evacuation diagrams must be re-assessed against potential changes that have occurred to the building or AS 3745-2010). The Emergency Planning Committee

Misleading Exits: Evacuation Diagrams: Evacuation Signs

AUST – Emergency Plan audits have revealed misleading exits marked on evacuation diagrams (evacuation signs). The latest version of AS 3745-2010 ‘Planning for emergencies in facilities’ details the requirements of evacuation diagrams/evacuation signs required to alert occupants of essential safety measures in their building. These evacuation signs, also known as evacuation diagrams, include a plan of the floor or area of the building. The floor plan on the evacuation diagram/evacuation signs is required to show the designated exits. Designated exits include the paths of travel required to fulfil the Building Code of Australia minimum requirements and are based on factors

Multi-Storey Hotel Building: Emergency Plan: Evacuation Diagrams

AUST – Emergency Plan was commissioned by the General Manager of a major hotel to prepare the necessary emergency plan and evacuation diagrams (evacuation signs) under AS 3745-2010 ‘Planning for emergencies in facilities’ for an existing multi-storey hotel building. The building contained various tenancies at ground level and hotel rooms above. The building had superseded emergency procedures and evacuation diagrams (evacuation signs) that did not comply with the current provisions of AS 3745-2010. Minor building works at ground level had also occurred that required the evacuation diagrams to be updated. AS 3745  now requires the Emergency Planning Committee to nominate

Emergency Plan: Evacuation Diagrams: AS 3745-2010Emergency Plan: Evacuation Diagrams: AS 3745-2010

AUST - Emergency Plan advises that across Australia AS 3745-2010 ‘Planning for emergencies in facilities’ now requires evacuation diagrams (evacuation signs) to be prepared in accordance with the new provisions as set out in the standard. The standard has been extensively updated relative to symbols, sizes and options for the design/ assessor to implement on an evacuation diagram. Queensland building owners and occupiers must be mindful that the Building Fire Safety Regulation 2008 (BFSR)incorporates its own emergency plan and evacuation sign requirements. Evacuation signs must first of all be prepared with the BFSR provisions in mind and then adopt the AS 3745-2010 provisions where the BFSR does not comment. The following evacuation diagram (evacuation sign) is a typical representation