Recently, the Queensland Government updated the Building Fire Safety Regulations 2011 (Qld). Here’s all you need to know.
- Evacuation Signs – now all evacuation signs and diagrams must be orientated to the direction the sign reader is standing. Basically North must be North. (Section 30 referring to AS 1851-2012 Emergency Planning in Facilities clause 3.5.4.
- Evacuation Coordinator now the Responsible Person – Removal of a nominated ‘Evacuation Coordinator’ in your Emergency Management Plan but all responsibilities remain and are now with the ‘responsible persons’
- No Evacuation Signage for buildings under 300 m2 – Removal of special requirements for low occupancy buildings replaced with removing need for evacuation signage in buildings with a total floor area less than 300 m2.
- Onsite Document Storage no longer fire resistant – This legislates the QFES stance that onsite documentation no longer needs to be kept in a fire resistant safe or the like. Fire document boxes suffice.
What do you need to do to comply?
- Check and update all your Evacuation Signs to ensure they meet the new requirements. Except on buildings under 300m2.
- Update your evacuation plan – so that all references to Evacuation Coordinator are removed as the nominated person’s name
- Put copy of your new Evacuation Plan onsite – on a notice board, in a document box or the like.
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