AUST – Hendry was commissioned by the owner of a business to prepare the necessary emergency plan and evacuation diagrams (evacuation signs) under AS 3745-2010 ‘Planning for emergencies in facilities’ for an existing multi storey hotel building. The building consisted of lower levels of hotel entertainment with upper levels of hotel rooms. The building had a number of superseded emergency procedures and evacuation diagrams (evacuation signs) that did not comply with the new provisions of AS 3745-2010. Minor building works had also occurred that required the evacuation diagrams to be updated. AS 3745 now requires the Emergency Planning Committee to nominate a validation date for the evacuation diagrams or evacuation signs (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. Business occupiers and building owners should realise that any building works occurring in the building that offsets the information contained on the evacuation diagram, requires the evacuation diagram to be upgraded 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).