AUST Hendry advises that emergency situations in a workplace can develop from a number of different causes. The occupant’s awareness of emergency response procedures and emergency preparedness will directly affect their ability to minimise loss and suffering. Careful planning through the development of an emergency plan under AS 3745-2010 can reduce the impact of emergencies that may pose a threat to life, health or property, and part of this process is the engagement of stakeholders, including tenants, in the development of emergency response procedures.
AS 3745-2010 states:
“Emergency response procedures shall take into consideration such factors as the use and characteristics of the buildings, structures and workplaces, appropriateness and adequacy of physical facilities, organisational buildings, structures and workplaces, human resources and communication systems for all envisaged emergencies.”
If property owners/ managers use the lease to require tenants to participate in preparing plans, providing fire wardens to be trained (warden training) as part of the Emergency Control Organisation and so forth, it will be much easier to meet the requirements of AS 3745.