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The current building Regulations requires that all commercial, industrial and public buildings have essential safety measures fitted and maintained to specific standards and frequencies.

Furthermore, hard copy records and log books of the maintenance are required to be kept on site for review by the Municipal Building Surveyor or Fire Brigade Chief Officer.

Since July 1999, it has become mandatory for building owners and managers to comply with Victoria Building Act 1993.

With the establishment these regulations, the Keo Group Australia was formed to help building owners and managers comply with their obligations.

Our training facilities and services to our clients play a significant role in increasing community safety and awareness of the regulations.

KEO Group Australia manage a wide range of buildings which include health & Agedcare facilities, retails, body strata management commercial, Universities & TAFE, Educations and government buildings.

For more information please refer to our current newsletters or contact us on +631 9342 2425 for a copy.

EMERGENCY PROCEDURES

The Occupational Health & Safety Regulation 2001, states that:

An Employer is to provide for emergencies, an employer must ensure that, in the event of an emergency at any place of work at which the employer's undertaking is conducted, arrangements have been made for:

a) the safe and rapid evacuation of persons from the place of work, and

b) emergency communications, and

c) appropriate medical treatment of injured persons

"A building emergency can develop from a number of courses: fire, structural fault, bomb threat, leakage of gas, civil disorder, earthquake and others.

Emergency procedures are designed to ensure the safety of occupants in any of these happenings".

AS 3745 - 2002 (Emergency Control Organisations for Buildings Structures & Workplaces) states that, " Building owners, agents, lessors or their representatives, should ensure that leases not only cover the safety of the occupants in an emergency, but include obligations for occupants to participate in emergency planning and evacuation exercises and acknowledge the authority of designated wardens in emergency situations".

Liability under the Act has been described as being absolute, with the courts having made it clear that the term "ensure" involves guaranteeing, securing or making certain.

Fire Safety is important in ensuring the health, safety and welfare of employees, contractors and visitors to a building.


FIRE SAFETY AUDITS

Fire Audits are undertaken to determine if, at a given point in time, the fire safety systems meet, exceed or fall short of nominated benchmarks. The audit may also provide information for determination of options for remedial works or additional activities.

BENEFITS OF A FIRE SAFETY AUDIT

Fire Safety audits are management tools to examine fire safety systems against predetermined benchmarks. The benchmark in this case is the Building Code of Australia and Australian Standards.

Fire Safety Audits are designed to collect information and provide evidence related to the conformance and effectiveness of fire safety systems depending on the type and category of the audit.

The fire safety audit can serve as an effective tool to identify situations of potential hazard, and thus allow corrective or preventative action.

There is an inherent obligation on building owners to use the fire safety audit information where deficiencies are identified, for the purpose of improving the fire safety system within an appropriate time frame.

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