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  • Annual Fire Safety Statement
  • Fire Doors
  • Evac Procesures
  • 1. What is an Annual Fire Safety Statement? 

    Also commonly known as an AFSS. An Annual Fire Safety Statement is a certificate that attests that each essential fire safety measure installed within any building has been assessed by a properly qualified person and was found to be capable of performing to the standard required by the most recent Fire Safety Schedule.

  • 2. Who is responsible for submitting the Annual Fire Safety Statement? 

    The owner of each building (or the owner's agent on behalf of the owner) is required to provide the certificate to the Council and the Fire Brigade each 12 months and to display the current certificate prominently at the premises.

  • 3. Why am I required to submit an Annual Fire Safety Statement? 

    This requirement was introduced in 1988 into the then Ordinance 70. Now it is contained in the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 (Part 9 Division 5).

  • 4. What are Essential Fire Safety Measures? 

    Essential Fire Safety Measures are installations or types of construction that are incorporated into a building to ensure the safety of the occupants within the building in the event of fire or other emergency. These measures include but not limited to :

    • Automatic Fire Suppression Systems (eg: Sprinkler Systems)
    • Fire Hose Reels
    • Fire Hydrants
    • Fire Doors
    • Fire Extinguishers
    • Smoke Exhaust Systems
    • Exit Signs
    • Emergency Lighting
  • 5. What happens if I fail to submit the Annual Fire Safety Statement? 

    Clause 177 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation2000 states that it is an offence to fail to provide the statement. Escalating cumulative weekly penalty notices apply for this offence:

    • 1 week late $500
    • 2 weeks late an additional $1000
    • 3 weeks late an additional $1500
    • 4 weeks late an additional $2000
  • 1. My door is non compliant because I have a deadbolt? 

    Deadbolts are not permitted as hardware in fire doors because they may impede the proper function of the door to be self latching. Deadbolts can be removed and replaced with certain approved hardware self latching hardware.

  • 2. I have been told I have non-compliant gaps around my door? 

    There are strict clearance limits on fire doors and if these gaps exceed the limits then the door is not compliant. In most cases, however, the use of approved fire seals can bring doors up to the required standard.

  • 3. My door is has an asbestos core. Do I need to replace the door? 

    Only if the door is in disrepair has faulty hardware, or do not have the required compliance tag on the door. The only option is to have the doors replaced and have new hardware installed. Door replacement is not required if the operating function is compliant and contains compliant hardware.

Emergency Procedures and the application of OH&S Act and AS3745-2010

The following information provides some background into the Legislation and Standards related to Emergency Procedures, Warden Training, Occupant Familiarisation and Evacuation Drills for Buildings in NSW. In short, there are two documents which govern this subject:

  • 1. Australian Standard AS3745.2010 

    AS3745-2010 lays down the guidelines for Emergency Procedures in buildings. It outlines the minimum requirements for establishing an Emergency Control Organisation, the training of appointed Wardens and the conducting of Trial Evacuation Drills.

    1.2 APPLICATION This Standard applies to buildings, structures or workplaces occupied by people, with the exception of Class 1a buildings as defined in the Building Code of Australia, unless that dwelling is also used as a workplace.

    This Standard does not attempt to over-ride legislative obligations in providing for the safety of occupants and visitors in facilities. It does, however, provide guidance for the planning and implementation of effective emergency planning committee (EPC) and emergency control organization (ECO) procedures, covering emergency situations up until the appropriate Emergency Service arrives to manage the situation, at which time, the ECO shall work in conjunction with that service.

    The minimum requirements laid down in this standard require:

    • Establishment of an Emergency Planning Committee made up of management, Chief Warden and specialist consultant.
    • Establish an Emergency Control Organisation (ECO) for the property (Warden team)
    • Design appropriate Emergency Procedures and documents in a suitable procedure manual.
    • Create evacuation diagrams that will be displayed, in the correct orientation, for easy viewing by both the public and staff.
    • Conduct Warden training for all ECO members at least once every 6 months to ensure all wardens are familiar and up-to-date with the emergency procedures.
    • Conduct an Evacuation Exercise involving all occupants of the building, to test the effectiveness of the procedures at least once every 12 months.
    • Ensure records are kept of all Training and Evacuation exercises.
    • Emergency Planning Committee to meet at least once every twelve months to review procedures, performance and effectiveness and implement improvements as appropriate.

  • 2. NSW Occupational Health & Safety Legislation. 

    The legislation places an obligation on Building Owners, Building Managers (or Their Agents/Representatives) and employers (referred to in the legislation as "Occupiers" or "Controllers of the Premises") to provide a safe working environment for employees. (Statutory penalties for non-compliance do apply.)