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How to Lower Your Risk and Exposure – Fire Safety Planning

When it comes to most things in life, planning and risk have an inverse relation, the more planning you do, the less risk you have. This certainly rings true for your Building Fire Safety planning. Simply having a Fire Safety Plan is only the beginning when it comes to following clause 152A was added to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 (EP&A Reg.) to minimize your risk and exposure. In fact, simply having a plan isn’t good enough when it comes to meeting your legal requirements. Such As..

  • Supervisory staff shall be trained before they are given any responsibility
  • Plans shall be prepared in cooperation with the fire department
  • Plans shall include the holding of fire drills
  • A copy of the procedures shall be given to all supervisory staff
  • Procedures shall be posted on each floor
  • The owner/owner’s authorised agent shall be responsible for carrying out the provisions of Australian Standard 3745-2010 Planning for Emergencies in Facilities.

While having a Fire Safety Plan is a must, it is just one piece of a successful Fire Safety Program. To comply with the Fire Regulations and guidelines and lower your risk and exposure, you need to implement the other pieces: training your personnel on an ongoing basis, maintaining an up-to-date Plan, and when necessary, putting your plan into action and supporting the First Responders. Following the Fire Regulations and guidelines means employing all of these pieces, and in doing so, you reduce your risk and exposure.

The more comprehensive your Fire Safety Program, the more you lower your risk and exposure. Upgrading to a Multi-Hazard Plan that contains standard operating procedures for various other emergencies, not just fires, further reduces your risk and exposure by enabling you and your personnel to be prepared for almost anything. It also demonstrates that you are concerned with your personnel’s safety and well-being.

But what does it really mean to reduce your risk and exposure? And why should you care so much? As a Building Owner or Property Manager, you can be held personally responsible and liable in a court of law should a disaster ever occur at one of your properties. It is your duty to ensure that a current Fire Safety Program is in-place and your personnel are trained and know what to do in the event of a disaster. There are numerous cases now where building owners or managers have been found guilty and, and in some cases charged large sums of money, after being found negligent. In one extreme case, the building owners had to pay $9 million and Building Management had to pay $24 million after six people died in a high-rise fire.

Don’t take the chance of being held liable – have an extensive Fire Safety Program, train your personnel and maintain your Plan.

Stay Fire Safe

Alex

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