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ESSENTIAL SAFETY MEASURES

Tuesday 01st March 2022

 Maintaining the essential safety measures will ensure that the building’s important safety systems are working at the required operational level throughout the life of the building.

The type of maintenance needed depends on the complexity of the safety measure, equipment or feature, and on the maintenance program expected at the time of installation.

Types of buildings


Essential safety measures apply to all buildings apart from a house or outbuilding. These include the following classes, as defined in A3.2 of the National Construction Code Series Volume One, Building Code of Australia Class 2–9 Buildings (BCA):

Class 1b: Some boarding houses, guest houses or hostels
Class 2: Buildings containing sole-occupancy units which are dwellings (e.g. apartments, blocks of flats)
Class 3: Backpacker accommodation, residential parts of hotels or motels, residential parts of schools, accommodation for the aged, disabled or children
Class 4: A dwelling in another class of building
Class 5: Offices for professional or commercial purposes
Class 6: Shops or other buildings for sale of goods by retail, including cafes, restaurants, milk bars, dining rooms, and bars
Class 7: Buildings used for car parks, storage or display of goods
Class 8: Laboratories or buildings for production or assembly of goods
Class 9: Public buildings such as health care buildings or assembly buildings, nightclubs, bars etc.
What are essential safety measures?
The term 'essential safety measure' is defined in Part 15 of the Building Regulations 2018 (the Regulations) and includes items listed in Schedule 8 of the Regulations, such as:

air handling systems (used for smoke hazard management)
exit doors
early warning systems
emergency lifts
emergency lighting
emergency power supply
emergency warning systems
exit signs
fire control centres
fire curtains and doors
fire extinguishers
fire detection and alarm systems
fire hydrants
fire isolated stairs
fire rated materials
fire windows
mechanical ventilation (incorporate a cooling tower or hot or warm water system)
fire isolated passageways and ramps
paths of travel to exits
smoke alarms
smoke control systems
sprinkler systems.

Co-ordinating ESM is part of our standard Commercial Property Management Services, we work with leading ESM providers to ensure our Landlords and Tenants are meeting their requirements and keeping buildings and businesses safe. For further information contact our office 03 9417 7906 [email protected]

 

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