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VIC – Emergency Plan advises that property managers should not reply on the report from their annual evacuation exercise under AS 3745 – 2010 Planning for emergencies in facilities to ensure the paths of travel to exit are clear. This may not prove adequate to satisfy the requirements of the Occupational Health and Safety Legislation.

An evacuation response exercise under AS 3745 is an indispensable safety measure that is designed to give occupants and the emergency control organisation experience in evacuation the building. But AS 3745 is not designed to observe and not the status of all paths of travel to exits.

Reports on paths of travel within trial evacuation reports under AS3745 generally:

  • Are a compilation of anecdotes of non-conformances from participants in the evacuation exercise,
  • And are not objective audits across defined criteria – such as distance to travel, width of pathway, trip risks, non compliant locking devices etc.
  • Are provided without the duty of care the property owner needs for signing the Annual Essential Safety Measures Report (AESMR). The provider of the report may never have intended for it to be an assurance of safe paths of travel, just a discharge of their duty to report on problems that were observed.
  • May not have occurred within a reasonable time period from when the AESMR dated.
  • May not have been completed by a properly qualified person.
  • May not cover all exit paths.

Occupational Health & Safety Legislation

Refer to our Occupational Health & Safety Legislation Table for further statutory information on safe occupation of a building.