FIRE COMPLIANCE

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Quality Building Management is widely recognised as a leader in the building management industry, with over 40 years dedicated experience protecting property owners, bodies corporate and workplace managers from the ever-changing complexity of building legislation—and ensuring you stay One Step Ahead.

If you are searching for Fire Compliance New South Wales, Fire Compliance Sydney, Fire Compliance Newcastle or Fire Compliance Queensland, Fire Compliance Brisbane, Fire Compliance Gold Coast, Fire Compliance Townsville, Fire Compliance Cairns or Fire Compliance Sunshine Coast, QBM is the answer.

QBM operates throughout Australia and has an extensive network of franchisees successfully servicing all Commercial customers and Real Estate agents with the same knowledge and expertise that the founder, Donald Pitt demonstrates.

r211869_814629 Don’t get burnt by changes to legislation.

With the introduction of the new Work Health and Safety Regulations 2011, those persons classified as being a PCBU have onerous responsibilities for the safety of all persons and employees. Fire Compliance is one of the major responsibilities.

Section 43 of the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 (Emergency Plans) stipulate that the PCBU must develop Emergency Plans to ensure the workplace has effective plans in place to manager all types of emergencies including fire emergencies.

The major new requirements are:

An improved fire and evacuation framework that includes;

  • The changes apply to all persons classified as a PCBU (that is anyone operating a business or any undertaking even if they are not being paid
  • In Queensland this applies to all buildings including unit complexes (not detached houses)
  • High occupancy buildings
  • Relevant approval documents be obtained and kept with the fire and evacuation plan
  • The entity responsible for the whole building (e.g. strata manager or building manager) ensure that evacuationarrangements for the whole building are integrated with those of all tenants or residents
  • Building fire safety plans must be developed
  • Training of all occupants must be conducted annually
  • Critical defects in fire safety installations are reported to the occupier and that they be repaired within 1 month

EMP

Evacuation plans

Evacuation plans must be or include the following;

  • Building specific
  • Reviewed annually
  • Details of the persons responsible for developing, changing and reviewing the plan
  • The name of the fire safety adviser (if applicable) for the building

Serious consequences for inaction!

Harsh penalties apply to owners/occupiers who do not abide by the regulations. Far more serious, however, is thepossibility of loss of life, combined with the destruction of property. Inaction would truly be an avoidable tragedy.

The solution is simple

QBM will evaluate and customise an Emergency Management Plan for your building or workplace. Eliminate the stress andworry of keeping up to date with current legislation, as our Fire Safety Adviser can take on the roles and responsibilitiesfor your building:

  • Annual fire safety training
  • Annual fire safety audit of fire safety installations including the Emergency Management Plan & Diagram
  • Development and Implementation of an Emergency Management Plan
  • Drawing and printing of evacuation diagrams orientated to specific exit points and locations

Evacuation Diagram

Our Services

COST SAVING BULK SERVICES

All Inclusive Full Fire Safety Service (initial year)

Fire Safety Audit

  • Inspection of the site
  • Identify and list all fire equipment on site
  • Report on any additional fire equipment required by legislation or as a safety requirement
  • Report upon any issues with the fire services within the building including access and fire hazards
  • Report upon any issues requiring rectification to enable yearly fire Statement to be submitted
  • Supply costs for any additional installations required
  • Report upon maintenance and service requirements on all fire equipment

Fire & Evacuation Plan Development

  • Conduct a survey of the property to identify the methods of evacuation
  • Discussion with on-site persons to develop a site specific evacuation plan
  • Compilation and supply of Fire and Evacuation Plan (Fire Safety Management Plan) in electronic format
  • Access to myQBM on-line instruction/training system plus on-line storage of training certificates;
    • First response evacuation instruction/training
    • Evacuation coordination instruction/training

Fire & Evacuation Diagrams Development

  • Conduct a survey of the site to identify the safest route of exit
  • Develop site specific Evacuation Diagrams to comply with AS3745-2002
  • Supply and adhesive installation (Body Corporate only) of Evacuation Diagrams to common area in A4 laminated format
  • Other formats to be at additional cost

FULL Fire and Evacuation Annual Review

  • Organise evacuation practice by sending letters to occupants of all units
  • Review of the Fire and Evacuation Plan and update as required to meet changed conditions
  • Review of the Evacuation Diagrams
    • Any changes to be at an additional cost

Fire Safety Audit

  • Inspection of the site
  • Identify and list all fire equipment on site
  • Report on any additional fire equipment required by legislation or as a safety requirement
  • Report upon any issues with the fire services within the building including access and fire hazards
  • Report upon any issues requiring rectification to enable yearly Fire Statement to be submitted
  • Supply costs for any additional installations required
  • Report upon maintenance and service requirements on all fire equipment

Submission of Annual Fire Safety Statement

  • Compilation of supplied maintenance records
  • Confirmation of maintenance requirements based upon supplied Statement of fire installations
  • Submission of Annual Fire Safety Statement to relevant authorities
    • Submission fees are extra cost

Yearly Evacuation Drill Co-ordination

  1. Where QBM has not been appointed the FSA
  • Assist the Evacuation Coordinator to conduct an evacuation exercise
  • Prepare a report and recommendations for the safe evacuation of the property
  • Review of the Fire and Evacuation Plan and update as required to meet changed conditions
  • Review of the Evacuation Diagrams
    • Any changes to be at an additional cost
  1. Where QBM has been appointed the FSA
  • Organise evacuation practice by sending letters to occupants of all units
  • Review of the Fire and Evacuation Plan and update as required to meet changed conditions
  • Review of the Evacuation Diagrams
    • Any changes to be at an additional cost

INDIVIDUAL SERVICE SELECTION

Fire Safety Audit

  • Inspection of the site
  • Identify and list all fire equipment on site
  • Report on any additional fire equipment required by legislation or as a safety requirement
  • Report upon any issues with the fire services within the building including access and fire hazards
  • Report upon any issues requiring rectification to enable yearly fire Statement to be submitted
  • Supply costs for any additional installations required
  • Report upon maintenance and service requirements on all fire equipment

 Fire & Evacuation Plan Development

  • Conduct a survey of the property to identify the methods of evacuation
  • Discussion with on-site persons to develop a site specific evacuation plan
  • Compilation and supply of Fire and Evacuation Plan (Fire Safety Management Plan) in electronic format
  • Access to myQBM on-line instruction/training system plus on-line storage of training certificates;
    • First response evacuation instruction/training
    • Evacuation coordination instruction/training

Fire & Evacuation Diagrams Development

  • Conduct a survey of the site to identify the safest route of exit
  • Develop site specific Evacuation Diagrams to comply with AS3745-2002
  • Supply and adhesive installation (Body Corporate only) of Evacuation Diagrams to common area in A4 laminated format
    • Other formats to be at additional cost

Submission only of Annual Fire Safety Statement

  • Compilation of supplied maintenance records
  • Confirmation of maintenance requirements based upon supplied Statement of fire installations
  • Submission of Annual Fire Safety Statement to relevant authorities
    • Submission fees are extra cost

Management of Annual Fire Safety Statement

  • QBM takes responsibility for timely submission of Statement
  • Organise all sub contractors to undertake fire maintenance and supply maintenance records by due date
  • Independent review of any recommendations for upgrades / replacements to fire equipment by sub contractors
  • Compilation of supplied maintenance records
  • Confirmation of maintenance requirements based upon supplied Statement of fire installations
  • Submission of Annual Fire Safety Statement to relevant authorities
    • Submission fees are extra cost

Yearly Evacuation Drill Co-ordination

  1. Where QBM has not been appointed the FSA
  • Assist the Evacuation Coordinator to conduct an evacuation exercise
  • Prepare a report and recommendations for the safe evacuation of the property
  • Review of the Fire and Evacuation Plan and update as required to meet changed conditions
  • Review of the Evacuation Diagrams
    • Any changes to be at an additional cost
  1. Where QBM has been appointed the FSA
  • Organise evacuation practice by sending letters to occupants of all units
  • Review of the Fire and Evacuation Plan and update as required to meet changed conditions
  • Review of the Evacuation Diagrams
    • Any changes to be at an additional cost

Fire and Evacuation Annual Review

  • Review of the Fire and Evacuation Plan and update as required to meet changed conditions
  • Review of the Evacuation Diagrams
    • Any changes to be at an additional cost
  • Inclusion of submission of annual statement if required at additional cost

WHAT DOES IT MEAN

In a nutshell, the OWNER and the OCCUPIER and the MANAGING ENTITY (Strata Manager, Owner’s Corporation, Body Corporate, Real Estate Agent) are all PCBU’s on a commercial complex (and all strata complexes in Queensland)

MUST:

  1. Have fire safety audit on the complex and/or individual unit/shed/office
  2. Develop a Building Fire and Evacuation Plan
    1. How to evacuate the building
    2. Who is responsible to manage the evacuation
    3. Identify any persons who require assistance to evacuate the building
    4. How to alert people that there is an emergency
    5. Where should people evacuate to
  3. Develop and install evacuation diagrams that are specific to the exact location that the diagram is fixed. ie: facing the correct way, etc
  4. Train people in evacuating the building each year
  5. Train people in the use of fire equipment each 2 years
  6. Keep all records for 2 years
  7. Re-assess the plan each year
  8. Officially appoint a Fire Safety Advisor if there are more than 30 people employed or the building is greater than 25 meters high

The Managing Entity, MUST

  1. Develop Fire and Evacuation Plans for the common areas of the complex. (from the front door of each separate unit/business to the place of safety).
  2. Make sure all secondary occupiers have Fire and Evacuation Plans developed that match the plan developed by the Managing Entity

WHY DO IT 

  1. There are heavy fines for non compliance
  2. The Fire Service will inspect all properties at some stage
  3. You have a duty of care under the Workplace Health and Safety Act
  4. If someone dies from a fire, you will be fined and most likely go to jail

 FINES

Fines are cumulative and by the individual person, and the occupier, and the Managing Entity. That is, each item below will affect each of these persons, so the fine can be apportioned to each and are applied for each item or defect.

WHAT DO YOU GET FROM QBM

  1. We handle it all for you and take full responsibility
  2. We are trained Fire Safety Advisors
  3. We are members of the Fire Protection Association of Australia
  4. We are fully insured to do this work
  5. Prepare the Motions and Quotes specific to the complex
  6. Provide letter to send to tenants and staff concerning evacuation processes
  7. Undertake a full and detailed audit of the whole complex
  8. Work with the on-site contact person to develop specific procedures and processes required in the Fire and Evacuation Plan
  9. Develop “position specific” Evacuation Diagrams
  10. Installation of diagrams to common areas (body Corporate only)
  11. Supply of evacuation diagrams for individual units if Holiday rental complex
  12. Training of emergency personnel in evacuation procedures
  13. Full use of On-Line training programs by all owners, staff and tenants
  14. Full storage of documents and use of On-line resources including required record keeping
  15. Guaranteed prices for on-going yearly re-assessments
  16. Optional resources for Property Managers to meet their legal obligations including training programs, check sheets and sign-in forms to meet your legal obligations
  17. Optional safety kits for new tenants or employees to meet your legal obligations

WHAT YOU NEED TO SUPPLY

To fully develop the Fire and Evacuation Plan to comply with your legal requirements, a number of documents are required to be kept with the plan. These include those listed below. If you cannot provide these documents, QBM can attempt to source them from the Local Authority. Costs will be incurred to obtain these documents if you do not have them on file.

  1. Building Certificate of Classification
  2. Building Certification under Alternative Solution
  3. Copy of APPROVED building plans and Conditions
  4. List of Required Fire Safety installations
  5. List of Special Fire Services
  6. CMS with plans

Q & A

Do I need a Fire Safety Adviser?

A Fire Safety Adviser is required in a high occupancy building as per the Qld Building Fire Safety Regulation 2008.

What is a high occupancy building?

A high occupancy building is defined by the Qld Building Fire Safety Regulation 2008 as one of the following:

  • a class 2 or 3 building more than 25m high;
  • a class 2, 3, 5, 6, 7b, 8, 9a, or 9b building that is a workplace- (i) prescribed under the Workplace Health and Safety Regulation 2008, section 56; and (ii) where 30 or more workers are normally employed within the meaning of the Workplace Health and Safety Act 1995, section 93(5); or
  • a class 6 or 9b building that the commissioner has decided is an at risk licensed building under section 104KD of the Fire Service Act.

We are an aged care facility. Do we need a Fire Safety Adviser?

A Fire Safety Adviser is required in Class 9a and 9b buildings.  Class 9c buildings do not require a Fire Safety Adviser.  You will need to find out which class of building you are in to determine whether or not you require a Fire Safety Adviser.

We manage a shopping centre. Do we need to have a Fire Safety Adviser?

The Qld Building Fire Safety Regulation requires a Fire Safety Adviser to be appointed where there are 30 or more workers (not employees).  It is opinion that managing entities within shopping centres which comprise of more than 30 workers are required to appoint a Fire Safety Adviser.

Do I need evacuation signs/plans?

Yes.  Evacuation plans are a requirement of the Qld Building Fire Safety Regulation 2008.

How many evacuation signs/plans do I need, and where do I put them?

Evacuation signs must be located in conspicuous positions along paths of egress (escape).

Do my staff need fire extinguisher training?

Yes.  Fire extinguisher instruction is required for all staff every two years.  In high occupancy buildings, this instruction must be given by a Fire Safety Adviser or an RTO (Registered Training Organisation).

Do my staff need Warden training?

Yes.  Warden (Emergency Control Organisation/ ECO) training is required once per year.  In high occupancy buildings, this training must be given by a Fire Safety Adviser or a person appointed by the Fire Safety Adviser.

How many Wardens do I need?

The number of Wardens (Emergency Control Organisation/ ECO members) appointed for a building must be determined by a risk analysis of the building, which includes analysis of the layout of the building and the number of staff within the building during operating hours.  There are no solid rules on determining the number of Wardens for a building.  A suitable number of Wardens must be appointed to the ECO to ensure that their duties may be carried out effectively.

What sort of training do I have to give my staff (ie induction and staff session training)?

All staff within a building must be given the following instruction:

  • induction training (general evacuation instructions) once per year;
  • fire extinguisher training (first-response evacuation instruction) once every two years; and
  • evacuation practice once per year.

What is general evacuation instruction?

Instructions about:

  • the location of the fire safety reference points for the building (ie. location of exits, WIP phones, manual call points or emergency alarm buttons, fire extinguishers, hose reels and blankets, the designated assembly area/s and how to get to the designated assembly area/s); and
  • the procedures for evacuating the building safely in the event of a fire or hazardous materials emergency.

What is first-response evacuation instruction?

Training about the method of operation of manually operated fire alarms and fire fighting equipment (fire extinguishers, hose reels, fire blankets) in the building.

What is evacuation coordination instruction?

Instructions on procedures for:

  • alerting and communicating with people in the building;
  • alerting the fire service, including using manually operated fire alarms;
  • evacuating people with special needs, members of the public and other people in the building to a designated assembly area;
  • checking whether all people have been evacuated from the building;
  • informing the Evacuation Coordinator of the number of people evacuated and those not accounted for; and
  • meeting the fire brigade.

What is an Evacuation Coordinator?

An Evacuation Coordinator is defined in Section 21 Part 3(h) of the Qld Building Fire Safety Regulation 2008.  It is the person in charge of evacuating a building.  It is the same person as a Chief Warden (AS3745-2002) and Emergency Coordinator (AS4083-1997).

How often do I need to run evacuation exercises?

Evacuation exercises must be conducted once per year.

We’ve got you covered

Fire Compliance Reports are just one of the many services offered by QBM, to help you manage your building effortlesslyand in the most optimal way. Below is a list of other areas in which we can offer you guidance and assistance, taking aload off your mind and keeping you One Step Ahead.

  1. 12 Month Maintenance Report
  2. Balcony and/or Balustrade Report
  3. Builder’s Warranty Report
  4. Building Condition Assessment
  5. Building Condition Report
  6. Building Inspection
  7. Caretaker Agreement Performance Assessment
  8. Condition Report
  9. Conditon Assessment
  10. Dilapidation Report
  11. Division 10 (Section 58) Report
  12. Emergency Evacuation Diagrams
  13. Fire Compliance
  14. Fire Plan
  15. Insurance Valuation
  16. Safety Inspection
  17. Safety Report
  18. Section 62 Report
  19. Sinking Fund

Contact Quality Building Management today to organize your Fire Compliance and ensure your complex is fully insured and to meet your legal obligations.