Essential Safety Measures Audit – Fire Isolated Passageways
When performing an essential safety measures inspection on fire isolated passageways an essential safety measures auditor must be aware of the significance of a number of major safety issues in the BCA brought to bear in the design and construction of fire isolated passageways for fire safety compliance. Some of these issues are fire doors, emergency lighting, artificial lighting, exit signs, warning signs, fire-resistance levels, path of travel unobstructed, construction joints, doors, exit discharge, fire indices and service penetrations in fire isolated passageways.
All of these elements combine to ensure a safe evacuation (escape) from the building when using fire isolated passageways, which is a safe haven providing all the essential safety measures nominated (in a schedule of fire safety provisions) are maintained to a level that they actually operate to the necessary standard in an emergency. Any non-compliant fire isolated passageways issues should be recorded in the building’s essential safety measures logbook to allow signing of the Annual Statement, Annual Certificate of Compliance, Annual Fire Safety Statement, Annual Maintenance Statement and Annual Occupiers Statement.