AUST – Emergency Plan highlights an incident where, following the activation of a smoke detector, the occupants of an inner city building evacuated, with the exception of those in the basement who continued to work, oblivious to the alarm and the AS 3745 specified emergency plan emergency response procedures activities going on above them.

A spokesman for the basement workers later said “We were lucky this time that there was no direct risk to anyone. It has highlighted a serious flaw in that there is no audible or visual alarm in the basement as required by the emergency plan under AS 3745.”

Whilst the requirements for an audible or visual alarm in a building’s basement will be governed by building regulations, contingency plans under AS 3745 – 2010 Planning for emergencies in facilities to ensure a building’s basement is searched and evacuated during an emergency, should always be featured in the building’s emergency plan and implemented by the building’s Emergency Control Organisation.

Generally under AS 3745, the emergency plan for a basement should take into account:

  • the type of occupants,
  • the hours of occupancy,
  • the number of exits,
  • the existence or non-existence of fire detection and alarm systems,
  • the existence or non-existence of communication systems, and
  • occupant training.

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Refer to our Building Legislation table for further information on the building control process.