AUSTBuilding owners need to be aware of the issues that should be accounted for under the Building Regulations for essential safety measures documents.

Hendry advises that many essential safety measures tender documents contain inadequate information and glaring deficiencies. This can be a recipe for disaster for all concerned and an oversight that will be costly to the building owner to rectify.

Obtaining the cheapest quote for essential safety measures can cause trouble and doesn’t ensure the owner’s minimum duty of care or relevant statutory obligations under relevant building codes will be met. It is critical that maintenance contractors understand that they are responsible to comply with relative safety measures legislations.

In an incident where there has been an emergency in a building, local authorities will utilise the punitive provisions of the building regulations against the building owner where there is a lack of compliance.

The tender process must contain a good quality control system or verification process to validate contractor’s maintenance compliance.

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