Warning Signs

The Building Code of Australia contains a number of provisions that require warning signs to be installed in a building. A building owner and manager must be aware that a number of Australian Standards applicable to buildings also carry provisions requiring certain warning signs to be installed and maintained. Warning signs are nominated by the building surveyor/ building certifier in the essential safety measures determination/ schedule.

Building Code of Australia

The following warning signs are nominated as Essential Safety Measures in clause I1.1 Safety Measures, with the appropriate Standard nominated.

The following illustration depicts the fire safety door signage (warning sign) required under Clause D2.23.

Essential Safety Measures BCA Provisions
Exit signs and directional exit signs
AS 2293.1-2005 Emergency escape lighting and exit signs for buildings – System design, installation and operation
Specification D1.12, E4.5,
E.4.6, E4.8
Signs warning against the use of lifts in the event of fire E3.3
Warning signs in sliding fire doors and doors to non-required stairways, ramps and escalators C3.6, Specification D1.12
Signs alerting persons that operation of doors must not be impaired D2.23
Signs required on doors, in alpine arrears, alerting people that they open inwards G4.3
Signs, intercommunication systems, or alarm systems on doors of fire-isolated exits stating that re-entry to a story is available D2.22
Fire order notices required in alpine areas G4.9

Essential Safety Measures Audit – Warning Signs

Numerous warning signs are installed throughout a building at the time of construction. The essential safety measures auditor should check the essential safety measures determination/ schedule for warning signs installed and actively look for them. An essential safety measures auditor should be aware from experience where warning signs should be installed and check whether they have been painted over. All defective warning signs should be recorded in the building’s essential safety measures logbook to allow the signing of the Annual Statement, Annual Certificate Compliance, Annual Fire Safety Statement, Annual Maintenance Statement and Annual Occupiers Statement.