Are your evacuation coordination procedures compliant with the changed Building Fire Safety Regulations 2008?
On the 12 December, 2014 the Building Fire Safety Regulations 2008 were amended. This legislation applies to all buildings in Queensland that are places of work. The main objects of this regulation are:
(a) to ensure persons can evacuate buildings safely and quickly if a fire or hazardous materials emergency happens; and
(b) to ensure prescribed fire safety installations for buildings are maintained.
Whilst some of the changes are only minor amendments to improve the flow of the document, other changes may require a review of your evacuation coordination procedures e.g. S17 (e) and (f) have been modified to include the requirement to inform fire officers (previously only stated evacuation coordinators) of:
(i) the number of persons evacuated; and
(ii) the number and identify of any persons not accounted for
What hasn’t changed? There is still a mandatory requirement to:
- Develop an evacuation plan including signs and diagrams
- Maintain fire safety installations (the requirement to comply with Qld Development Code MP 6.1 has now changed to compliance with AS1851:2012)
- Appointment of a Fire Safety Adviser for all High Occupancy buildings
- Training and instruction:
- Fire Safety Adviser trained by RTO and refreshed within a 3 year period
- General evacuation instructions to all workers within 2 days of commencing work and refreshed annually or within a month of changes to the procedures
- First response evacuation instructions within 1 month of commencing work and refreshed at least every 2 years or within a month of changes to the procedures
Learn how to develop evacuation plans and ensure compliance with the legislation by attending the Fire Safety Adviser course. Find out more about the course here.