Essential Safety Measures Audit – Classification and Use of Building
Change of classification and use of building may not be apparent to an untrained eye. Buildings are inherently designed under the Building Code of Australia and Australian Standards to suit a classification use risk profile. A building owner or occupier changing the classification or use (within the classification) without the appropriate building permit places the occupiers in potential grave risk. The new classification/ use resides in a building that has not been provided with the necessary life safety features required under the BCA.
An essential safety measures auditor must be on guard not to inspect the building and completely ignore that a change of classification and use of building has occurred to ensure fire safety compliance. If any change has occurred then it must be recorded in the building’s essential safety measures logbook to allow for signing the Annual Statement, Annual Certificate of Compliance, Annual Fire Safety Statement, Annual Maintenance Statement and Annual Occupiers Statement.