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Fire Safety Measures in Prescribed Buildings

 

NT  Hendry advises fire safety measures known as safety installations in buildings must be maintained in accordance with the NT Fire and Emergency Regulations (NTFER) 2011 for prescribed buildings. Prescribed buildings are nominated by the Director of Fire and Rescue Services under the NTFER Schedule 2.

The buildings nominated by the Director under the NTFER require the owner or occupier to give instruction on measures for the protection of persons in the building from fire and other fire related emergencies and keep records of such advice and to whom given. The owner/occupier must ensure that AS 3745-2010 ‘Planning for emergencies in facilities’ are applied to safety systems that are installed in the building.

NTFER 2011 Regulation 11 (6) (a), requires owners of a prescribed building to ensure all persons who work in the building are given instruction on emergency procedures Schedule 2 of the NTFER identifies prescribed buildings and include for example class 3-9 buildings:

  • Public or private hospitals
  • Public buildings
  • Medical clinics day surgeries or the like
  • Office buildings

/ APPLICATION
Applicable to all class 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 buildings (in leased buildings, the owner is responsible for compliance under the BCA and the owner/ occupier under NTFER).

/ RECOMMENDATIONS
Complete a list from building permits and occupancy permit issued on all “equipment and safety installations” installed in the building.
Ensure the objectives of the BCA are met for all “equipment and safety installations” to be tested and maintained in accordance with the relevant Australian Standards.
Investigate whether the NTFER applies to the building and include all conditions as prescribed by the Director in a logbook.
Develop and implement a logbook that meets the objectives of the BCA in recording all pertinent information on maintenance/ testing and the requirements of NTFER when applicable.

 

 

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