AUST Hendry advises AS 3745-2010 ‘Planning for emergencies in facilities’ contains legal obligations that concern people involved in emergency preparedness (as members of the Emergency Planning Committee and Emergency Control Organisation) and involves the statement regarding legal liability.
/ INDEMNIFIED BY EMPLOYER
Clause 2.1.3 in AS 3745-2002 states the following: “Both the Emergency Planning Committee and the Emergency Control Organisation personnel shall be indemnified by their employer against civil liability resulting from workplace emergency assessment, education, fire safety training sessions, periodic exercises or fire evacuation of a building, where the personnel act in good faith and in the course of their emergency control duties.”
These words have been deleted from the 2010 version of AS 3745 and new wording in Clauses 2.5 and 5.5 has been inserted: “Facility owners, managers, occupiers and employers should obtain professional advice on the level of indemnity provided to Emergency Planning Committee members. The Emergency Planning Committee members should be advised of the level of indemnity provided.”
Clause 5.5 – AS 3745 specifies that: “Facility owners, managers, occupiers and employers should obtain professional advice on the level of indemnity provided to Emergency Control Organisation members. The Emergency Control Organisation members should be advised of the level of indemnity provided.”