QLD Under the Building Fire Safety Regulation 2008, it is an offence to make self-appointed modification to evacuation routes. Building owners/occupiers will face penalties for non-compliance and knowingly allowing deficiencies. Work Place Safety Assessors advise that the pursuant to the BFSR, it is an offence to make unauthorised modification to evacuation routes, i.e. installation of unapproved mechanical ventilation systems, holding open of fire and smoke resisting doors or failing to seal holes and service penetrations in a wall of a fire isolated passages or compartments.
Substantial penalties apply for non compliance and knowingly allowing deficiencies to exist under the BFSR. It is mandatory for building owners/ occupiers to repair deficiencies in fire resisting construction within a specific time frame (1 month from notification under the BFSR). The BFSR requires fire isolated evacuation routes to be kept isolated.
The BFSR prohibits the installation or alteration of a mechanical ventilation or air conditioning system in a building in a way that, in the event of a fire, may allow air to flow onto an evacuation route of the building from another space in the building, including fire-isolated compartments.