AUST – Emergency Plan provided the owner of a large food processing factory with the emergency plan and evacuation diagrams for a part 2 storey building under AS 3745-2010 ‘Planning for emergencies in facilities’.

All of the building’s emergency control procedures and evacuation diagrams did not comply with the new provisions of AS 3745-2010. Minor building works had also occurred that required the evacuation diagrams or evacuation signs to be updated. AS 3745 now requires the Emergency Planning Committee to nominate a validation date for the evacuation diagrams (that is, the date upon which the evacuation diagrams must be re-assessed against potential changes that have occurred to the building or AS 3745-2010). The Emergency Planning Committee in this instance, chose 12 months.

Building owners and tenants should realise that any building works occurring in the building under a building approval that affects the information contained on the evacuation diagram or emergency procedures, requires the evacuation diagram to be amended and re-issued expeditiously.

The client requested the evacuation diagrams to be provided in A3 size and in landscape presentation, an example of which follows:

(Note: Various symbols and indicators on evacuation signs under the BFSR and Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) 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).

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