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Emergency Evacuation Plan
What is an Emergency Evacuation Plan?
As the property owner or manager of a facility YOU are responsible for ensuring an emergency evacuation plan is in place.
This is a requirement in accordance with the Work Health & Safety Regulation 2011 & failure to do so will result in penalties up to $30,000.
An effective emergency evacuation plan consists of:
- Emergency Evacuation Diagrams
- Written Emergency Response Plan
- Regular Emergency Training & Evacuation drills
What is an Emergency Evacuation Diagram?
Emergency evacuation diagrams display vital information to your visitors & occupants should an emergency take place. They enable people to follow the facility’s evacuation plan in accordance with AS3745, helping to minimise harm.
Evacuation Diagrams provide the following information:
- Emergency procedures
- Exit routes
- Emergency assembly areas(s)
- The location & types of fire equipment
- The location of relevant safety equipment
- Information about the site
- Validity date of the diagram
Where should Evacuation Diagram be installed?
As per AS3745 emergency evacuation diagrams must follow certain requirements:
- Location: Evacuation diagrams must be displayed in locations where they are most visible and accessible to occupants & visitors.
- Position: Evacuation diagrams must be positioned between 1200mm and 1600mm above the finished floor level.
- Orientation: Evacuation Diagrams must be orientated according to each “You Are Here” location.
The precise location and exact number of evacuation diagrams required will be determined by your Emergency Planning Committee.
Less than 50% of building occupants feel confident of knowing what action to take and where to evacuate to during an emergency.
Less than 25% of people when randomly tested can locate their nearest fire extinguisher from memory without searching the building.
Evacuation diagrams are critical to your safety plan
Not only is it a legal requirement to have a regularly updated evacuation plan, it is also important for keeping people and property safe.
An effective emergency plan can prevent injuries, loss of life, damage to property and reduce interruptions to your business, offering valuable peace of mind in an emergency.
AS 3745-2010 is the Australian Standard for planning for emergencies. It was developed as a best practice guide for building safety and provides a framework for emergency procedures.
Fire Protection Association Australia (FPAA)
The FPAA states that:
Anyone conducting a business or undertaking business at a facility should ensure they have evacuation diagrams in accordance with the requirements of AS 3745-2010.
Fire Block Plans design emergency evacuation plans & diagrams to comply with these standards, ensuring the fastest and most effective evacuation solution possible for your facility.
what they say
Their communication with all our site managers was excellent, ensuring we were aware of any inspection dates. The diagrams look extremely professional and were completed in a timely manner Our experience with Fire Block Plans was terrific and we highly recommend them for anyone needing evacuation diagrams.
We found Fire Block Plans through a google search whilst looking for a company that could provide evacuation diagrams in the ACT. The communication was great from start to finish which really helped with our tight deadline. After they visited our site they proceeded to design the drawings in around 4 business days. There were no changes required & the diagrams were installed 2 days later! Very impressed with their works & highly recommend Fire Block Plans for anyone needing evacuation diagrams.
I am currently based as a building manager, within a premium asset in Melbourne that required upgrades to our site Evacuation plans. Due to works from a previous contract not being sufficient and non conformed. I sourced Fire Block Plans. Gordon was very responsive and helped us with the current design and layout for our complex with the final signs that had been missing. Great service and cost saving approach to help us out. Highly recommended and will consider in future sites.
Do you have a solid evacuation plan?
Fire Block Plans will work with you to design an emergency evacuation plan that fits your business – ensuring compliance with all relevant Australian Standards and maximising safety. For more information, contact us today.