Essential Safety Measures Audit – Balconies
An essential safety measures auditor must be aware of the provisions nominated in the Building Code of Australia for the construction of balconies. First of all because a balconies fire ratings and safety access is paramount and second the structural stability of balconies must be maintained. The auditor should be experienced to check balconies for wet rot, seaside corrosive effects and termites. It is difficult for an essential safety measures auditor to assess ‘live loads’ on balconies, unless they are occurring during an inspection. Owners and occupiers of balconies should ensure that the live load, people and equipment/ furniture do not exceed the structural capacity of the building elements in balconies to hold the combined weight up. All defects on balconies must be recorded in the essential safety measures logbook to allow for signing the Annual Statement, Annual Certificate of Compliance, Annual Fire Safety Statement, Annual Maintenance Statement and Annual Occupiers Statement.