Safety Measures

Occupancy Permits do not Confirm Regulatory Compliance

VIC - The recent changes to the Building Act 1993 that commenced on 1 July 2016 now requires owners to be more aware of building work activities on their property. Owners need to ensure building permits are in place and that the closure of any building work is achieved by the issue of either an occupancy permit (OP) or a certificate of final inspection (CFI). Click here to get a better understanding of the required Permits  

AS1851-2012 Cost Savings and Potential Pitfalls

VIC - Managers should make themselves aware of recent changes to the Building Regulations 2006 (May 2016) that allow the adoption of AS1851-2012 Routine Service of Fire Protection Systems and Equipment. Managers need to acquaint themselves with the new process and other factors when changing over a building’s nominated Essential Safety Measure (ESM) maintenance regime to the AS1851-2012 standard. Click here to get an understanding of the recent changes to AS2851-2012  

Changes to Baseline Data AS1851-2012

AUST - Baseline data is the set of data required at the time of installation of a system or equipment to establish a performance benchmark.  It's highly recommended that building owners and facility/property managers are aware of the changes to AS1851-2012 Routine Service of Fire Protection Systems and Equipment as it will have a financial impact if not applied.  Click here to gain an understanding of the four key amendements to AS1851-2012.

Fire Rated Wiring and Building Alterations

AUST - Building owners need to ensure that their contractors or tenants contractors know when fire-rated wiring is required.   Fire rating cable allows electrical connections in a building to work for a specific amount of time while there is a fire. This is vital for the safety of tenants as it supports essential safety measures such as emergency lighting and smoke control to work, providing a safe evacuation. It is extremely important that building owners ensure that their contractors install the correct fire-rating wiring. Tenant fit-outs can uncover existing cabling that isn’t compliant and potentially open up investigations for lease

Tender Documents and Maintenance Costs

AUST – Building owners need to be aware of the issues that should be accounted for under the Building Regulations for essential safety measures documents. Hendry advises that many essential safety measures tender documents contain inadequate information and glaring deficiencies. This can be a recipe for disaster for all concerned and an oversight that will be costly to the building owner to rectify. Obtaining the cheapest quote for essential safety measures can cause trouble and doesn’t ensure the owner’s minimum duty of care or relevant statutory obligations under relevant building codes will be met. It is critical that maintenance

Safety Measure Inspections – Substandard Performance

AUST - Building owners and their representatives should make themselves aware of the latest developments by service providers in their presentation of fee quotations for passive and egress essential safety measure inspections. Hendry is noticing that a number of providers of these services are reducing fees significantly for building owners by the insertion of a couple of words in their scope / quote or quote acceptance form. Building legislation across Australia is specific for existing buildings relative to the required maintenance and inspection process for essential safety measures. The regulations obligate the owner (and occupier in the some states) to

Fire Stopping: Essential Safety Measures

AUST - Hendry advise building owners, building managers and sub-contractors (walls and ceilings) play a critical part in building occupant fire safety. Essential safety measures regulations have recognised this fact by strengthening the Regulation’s relative to fire stopping, over the years. Substantial essential safety measures statutory penalties under most State regulations, apply to building owners and occupiers that knowingly allow any inadequately sealed penetration in fire rate structures to exist by not providing adequate fire stopping. Equally severe penalties exist for simply chocking open fire and smoke resisting doors in a fire isolated stairwell or passageway. To comply with the

Fire Alarm Systems: Essential Safety Measures

AUST - Hendry advises that fire alarm systems (essential safety measures) detect the presence of fire (heat and smoke) and raise an alarm to alert the occupiers of a building to the fire. Heat sensors and smoke detectors are integrated to most fire alarm systems. Building surveyors and building certifiers nominate in essential safety measures schedules/ determinations either ‘fire detectors and alarm systems’ or fire alarm systems. Building Code of Australia Part E2 Smoke Hazard Management of the Building Code of Australia specifies the buildings required to have a smoke management system and the smoke detection system (fire alarm system) to operate in accordance with AS/NZS 1668.1-1998 ‘The use of ventilation and air-conditioning in buildings –

Essential Fire Safety Measures: Annual Fire Safety Statement: EPAR

NSW – Hendry reminds building owners and managers of their responsibilities for the maintenance of essential fire safety measures in their buildings under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulations 2000 (EPAR). Clause 182 of the Regulations requires the owner of a building to maintain each essential fire safety measure in a building in accordance with the standards as stated in the fire safety schedule or, if there is no fire safety schedule or Annual Fire Safety Statements, to a standard no less than that to which it was originally designed and implemented. Adequate maintenance will allow the Annual Fire Safety