QLD Hendry was approached by a client to prepare 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 The client’s fire and evacuation plan (emergency plan) and evacuation signs were outdated to the extent that they did not include recent alterations. The fire and evacuation plan needed a complete revision to comply with the provisions of the BFSR.
Building owners and tenants must be aware that any building works occurring in the building that offsets the information contained on the evacuation signs requires the evacuation signs to be upgraded and re-issued expeditiously.
The BFSR requires building owners, property owners, property and body corporate managers to provide in each facility an Evacuation Coordination Procedures to be retained on site in hardcopy with other fire safety documentation including the Fire and Evacuation Plan and evacuation signs. The client requested the evacuation diagrams to be provided in A3 size and in landscape presentation.
(Note: Various symbols and indicators on evacuation signs under the BFSR and Queensland Fire and Rescue Service vary to those nominated in AS 3745-2010 ‘Planning for emergencies in facilities’. If requested dual compliance with BFSR and AS 3745- 2010, then BFSR symbols would take precedence and then followed by AS 3745-2010 for the symbols – indicators not included in the BFSR).