Fire Safety Report
What is the Building Fire Safety Regulation (BFSR)?
The Building Fire Safety Regulation 2008 was introduced after a review of the 1991 regulation identified several areas that required changes and improvements to ensure public safety.
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.
If you are an owner, or a business or person, that is occupying or managing a building in Queensland you have a legal obligation to ensure the safety of any person in that building in the event of a fire or other emergency.
Compliance for Low Occupancy Buildings
A Low Occupancy Building (under 8 floors) can meet compliance in six easy steps:
1) Maintain prescribed Fire Safety Installations. Prescribed safety installations can include:
- Fire Extinguishers
- Fire Hydrant and Fire Hoses
- Fire Sprinkler systems
- Smoke alarms
- Exit and other signs
2) Keep defined evacuation routes clear and safe
3) Complete a Fire and Evacuation Plan and review it annually
4) Have evacuation diagrams, for common property and short term letting
5) Appoint and train an Evacuation Coordinator annually
6) Have an evacuation practice at least annually
7) Complete and lodge an occupier’s statement annually
Compliance for High Occupancy Buildings
As well as the above, a high occupancy building (over 8 floors or has more than 30 workers) will have an additional requirement to appoint a Fire Safety Advisor (FSA).
A FSA is a qualified person who is familiar with all aspects of building fire safety. Their primary duties are to provide advice to the occupiers to ensure that appropriate emergency planning has taken place.
The FSA does not need to work or live in the building as their primary role is to provide advice on planning and training.
Requirements to keep documentation and records
The regulation also includes additional requirements to maintain and store documentation and records to prove all of the requirements have been met. Records that must be kept include:
- Maintenance of prescribed Fire Installations
- Copies of the Fire and Evacuation Plan and diagrams and records of annual review
- Records of training for the Evacuation Coordinator
- Records of the evacuation training and evacuation practice conducted
- Records of annual occupier statement
These documents must be kept in the building in a way that it is reasonably unlikely not to be damaged in the event of a fire or hazardous materials emergency. A lockable metal cabinet will meet this requirement.
Requirements to display Certificate of Classification
Where a building was constructed after 1997, it is required to display the Certificate of Classification in the foyer of the building.
For Bodies Corporate, some properties may be exempt
For residential bodies corporate, buildings may be exempt for these requirements it the building is classified as 1, 1A, 10A or 10B.
If you are unsure what class a building is, the Certificate of Classification can indicate this. A detailed list of building classifications can also be referenced on the BSA website (www.bsa.qld.gov.au).
What is the Solution?
You can meet all of your obligations under the Building Fire Safety Regulation by ordering a complete Fire Safety Package from Solutions in Engineering. All of our Fire Safety Inspectors are trained and qualified in accordance with the regulation.
1) Fire Safety Report
a. Identifies whether the prescribed fire safety installations have been maintained appropriately
b.That all defined evacuation routes are safe and clear of hazards and obstructions
2) Fire and Evacuation Plan
a. Ensure that the plan is accurate and remains relevant
b. Create or update where necessary
3) Provide training for the Evacuation Coordinator
4) Supply and lodge the Occupiers Statements, providing everything is compliant
Solutions in Fire also provides additional services that can help meet the additional requirements, such as:
1) Acting as your Evacuation Coordinator
2) Acting as your Fire Safety Advisor for High Occupancy buildings
3) Drafting your fire and evacuation diagrams and emergency management plans
4) Document compliance boxes, including installation*
5) Additional Training Options:
a) Onsite First Response Training
b) Onsite Warden Training
Requirements under AS 3745 – 2010
Under the Australian Standard 3745 – 2010 Planning for emergencies and facilities buildings are required to have and implement an emergency management plan which provides instruction and processes for the occupants to be able to evacuate the building, not only in the case of fire or hazardous material emergency but also in the following:
- Civil Unrest
- Bomb Threat
- Attempted hold ups
- Hostile situations
Your complete Fire Package from Solutions in Engineering will also provide compliance with this standard.