The aim of this service is to provide the Strata complex with Fire and Evacuation Diagrams to comply with the requirements of the Work Health and Safety Regulations 2011 section 43.
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With the introduction of the new Work Health and Safety Regulations 2011, those persons classified as being a PCBU have onerous responsibilities for the safety of all persons and employees. Fire Compliance is one of the major responsibilities.
For all strata complexes in Queensland and those in other states that are classified as being PCBU’s, the WHS regulations apply in full and the requirement for Emergency Evacuation Diagrams is mandatory.
Section 43 of the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 (Emergency Plans) stipulate that the PCBU must develop Emergency Plans including Emergency Evacuation Diagrams to ensure the workplace has effective plans in place to manager all types of emergencies including fire emergencies.
A Strata Complex with any staff, workers, businesses operating from within the strata complex and where the Owners Corporation are receiving income from other than levies, will be classified as being a PCBU and are require to meet their full obligations under the Work Health and Safety Regulations 2011.
The Emergency Evacuation Diagrams include:
- Designated exits
- The location of communication equipment including Warden Intercommunication Points (WIPs), Manual Call Points (MCP’s), Emergency Call Points (ECP’s) and main panels/controls for occupant warning equipment
- The location of fire fighting appliances including extinguishers, blankets, hose reels and hydrants
- Fire Indicator Panel (FIP), if provided
- Assembly area location(s)
The development of these diagrams may lead to less confusion, direct and appropriate response, less potential for physical and emotional impacts on people involved in emergency and reduced direct impacts on the business.
Detailed and effective emergency evacuation diagrams should be included as part of any organisations safety considerations, safety management systems and emergency management.