AUST – Emergency Plan advises that across Australia AS 3745-2010 ‘Planning for emergencies in facilities’ now requires evacuation diagrams (evacuation signs) to be prepared in accordance with the new provisions as set out in the standard. The standard has been extensively updated relative to symbols, sizes and options for the design/ assessor to implement on an evacuation diagram.

Queensland building owners and occupiers must be mindful that the Building Fire Safety Regulation 2008 (BFSR) incorporates its own emergency plan and evacuation sign requirements. Evacuation signs must first of all be prepared with the BFSR provisions in mind and then adopt the AS 3745-2010 provisions where the BFSR does not comment.

The following evacuation diagram (evacuation sign) is a typical representation of AS 3745 – 2010 evacuation diagram provisions (no Queensland BFSR provisions are included) applicable to a high rise building around Australia.

(Note: Various symbols and indicators on evacuation signs under the BFSR and Queensland Fire and Rescue Service vary to those nominated in AS 3745-2010 ‘Planning for emergencies in facilities’. If requested dual compliance with BFSR and AS 3745-2010, then BFSR symbols would take precedence and then followed by AS 3745-2010 for the symbols – indicators not included in the BFSR).