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Essential Safety Measures

Upon completion of the construction of a building (other than a house or outbuilding), the owner is responsible for the maintenance of the essential safety measures for the protection of occupants and patrons. The term ‘essential safety measure’ is defined in Part 15 of the Building Regulations 2018 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
  • Fire isolated passageways and ramps
  • Mechanical ventilation (incorporate a cooling tower or hot or warm water system)
  • Paths of travel to exits
  • Smoke alarms
  • Smoke control systems
  • Sprinkler systems
Non-compliance may result in an infringement notice being issued by Council or the Fire Authority with a fine of over $290 and furthermore, non-compliance may result in prosecution in which a fine may be imposed of over $1,400 under Building Regulations 2018, or of over $17,000 for an individual or over $88,000 for companies for each breach. More importantly, non-compliance could place not only building occupants at risk but also those of passers-by and the occupants of adjoining buildings.

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