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WHAT ARE ESSENTIAL SAFETY MEASURES?

Essential safety measures are the life and fire safety systems that the law requires all industrial, commercial and public building owners to implement and maintain.
The Regulations necessitate that owners maintain safety equipment, safety fittings and safety measures including:

 

 

 


 

Building occupiers have an obligation to ensure that all exits and paths of egress remain easily accessible and functional in order to ensure the safety of persons utilising the building.
Councils hold the responsibility to maintain and enforce building legislation within their given municipality; they are required to ensure building owners comply with the legal standards defined under Building Regulations 2006, regarding items listed in Tables I1.1 to I1.13 of the Building Code of Australia.

 

 

The following information gives an outline of the legal requirements that you, as a building owner, need to uphold:

 

 

Before 1st July 1994

Buildings built before 1st July 1994.

Pertaining to the Building Regulations 2006, owners of buildings constructed before the 1stof July 1994 are obligated to ensure that safety fittings, equipment and measures are satisfactorily maintained and function sufficiently. Owners are required to prepare an Annual Essential Safety Measures Report, ensuring that an ongoing maintenance schedule is upheld, including the inspection, testing and upkeep of essential safety measures in the building. Building owners are required by law to keep records of all inspections and maintenance performed and are required to make this information available to authorities for inspection within 24 hours of notification.

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1 July 1994 - 1 May 2004

Building constructed or altered between 1st July 1994 & 1 May 2004

After the 1st of July 1994 will have received a list of safety measures, their performance level and maintenance requirements within the occupancy permit or certificate of final inspection. Owners of buildings constructed or altered after this date are required to display the occupancy permit in a prominent position and have an Annual Essential Safety Measures Report prepared each year, detailing inspection and maintenance of safety equipment and measures. All records of audits and any repairs or maintenance are to be kept on the property and made readily available for inspection by the authorities within 24 hours of notification.

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Since 1st May 2004

Building constructed or altered since 1 May 2004

As part of the 2004 amendment to the Building Code of Australia (BCA) Volume 1, safety measures were defined and Part I introduced a list of safety measures to be maintained.
The intent of Part I of the BCA Volume 1 is to establish the minimum standard of performance that all safety measures in buildings must continually be able to achieve.

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Before 1st July 1994

1 July 1994 - 1 May 2004

Since 1st May 2004

 

-Please note that your legal circumstances and obligations are likely to change if you have had building work carried out on your property. You are welcome to contact our staff at MES should you have questions regarding your legal requirements or you are unsure about your current situation.