Work Health & Safety Regulations
It is now mandatory under Work Health & Safety Regulations 2011 (Clause 43) for every workplace to have emergency procedures in place, as well as a training and testing program to ensure that it works.
AS3745 was amended in 2010 and now requires that any facility should have an Emergency Management Plan as well as Emergency/Evacuation Procedures. In the case of healthcare facilities, the new Standard is incorporated with AS4083:2010 Planning for emergencies – Healthcare facilities. Beaware Solutions’ consultants are completely aware of the revised Standard and able to provide clients with a compliant format that is user friendly and site specific.
Beaware Solutions has provided an Emergency Management Plan to satisfy Alternate Solutions to BCA requirements as identified within Fire Safety Engineering Reports. With building design unable to cater for all aspects of the Building Codes of Australia when it comes to fire safety, Fire Safety Engineers often require an Emergency Management Plan that complies with Australian Standards. Beaware Solutions has achieved an extremely high standard within the industry, so much so that Building Certifiers are now requesting advice on Plans submitted by other service providers.
The emergency procedures provided by Beaware Solutions have also satisfied the requirements of Council with Fire Orders.
The requirements of ‘due diligence’ in providing a safe and secure working environment has prompted clients such as strata managers and facilities managers to use our consultants in developing site-specific plans for buildings under their care. It doesn’t matter whether the building is new or old, a 20-storey city building or a single-storey shopping complex, consultants have worked with the client to achieve a workable emergency management plan that satisfies the requirements of Australian Standards and local Councils.
Shopping centres, schools, entertainment venues
There have been incidents in the past where emergencies in places of large gatherings have led to panic-stricken visitors all trying to leave by the same way that they came in. With the numbers involved, it was always going to be a disaster, with crowd-crush ending the lives of many. Beaware Solutions has formed a partnership with AV Creative to create instructional videos on safe procedures during any evacuation. The videos are very informative and succinct, minimising the amount of time lost from entertainment but possibly saving the lives of every patron. We work with your existing evacuation procedures or we can create management plans compliant to legislation and Australian Standards.
Bushfire Evacuation Plans
Local Councils require new developments in close proximity to Bush Fire Prone Land to have a Bushfire Evacuation Plan in place and displayed, sometimes in multiple languages. Our consultants have provided such Plans in compliance with Rural Fire Service guidelines, with instructions in Mandarin, Vietnamese and Italian. We have the capacity to satisfy Council needs in any language.
Our qualified designers work with our consultants to develop evacuation diagrams that are compliant to AS3745:2010, with a variety of designs available for consideration.
Each diagram can be presented in a variety of ways – A4, A3, laminated, framed, brushed aluminium, or a high profile acrylic display. Symbols provided by our designers can be either AS symbols or Beaware symbols (more user friendly).
Beaware Solutions, through qualifications, experience and legislated requirements, have developed an interactive training program in the following fields: