The Queensland Building Fire Safety Regulation 2008 became effective on 1 July 2008 and introduced a number of changes to the Queensland fire safety standards that have important implications for building owners, occupiers, body corporate managers and property managers.
The regulation introduces changes to all aspects of fire safety including egress routes, emergency procedures, evacuation diagrams, training and drills and additional requirements for high occupancy buildings. Some important aspects of the regulation are listed below.
- Owners and occupiers must ensure that their emergency procedures compliment each other;
- Emergency procedures must contain the name, phone number, email and start date for all persons responsible for evacuation coordination;
- Emergency procedures must contain the name, phone number and email of persons or entities responsible for reviewing and amending the plan.
- Evacuation diagrams must show a ‘You are here’ indicator and must be oriented at each YAH point so that the map is in an easily understandable form for the reader;
- Evacuation diagrams must be located on each egress route and show all exits, assembly areas and communications equipment and fire fighting equipment.
Fire Safety Advisor
- All buildings designated as ‘high occupancy’ – where 30 or more employees are ordinarily employed or a residential building over 25m effective height – must appoint a Fire Safety Advisor (FSA);
- The FSA must complete an approved building fire safety course and have a current qualification issued by an RTO.
Training and Drills
- All wardens must undergo training annually and new wardens must undergo training within one month prior to commencing the role;
- Evacuation drills must be conducted annually and a log kept for each participant;
- General evacuation instruction must be provided to all employees annually.
- Exits must be unobstructed for 2m outside of the building;
- Evacuation routes must be clear and unobstructed for all persons likely to use the route, including mobility-impaired or persons with special needs.
In addition, the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) is now authorised to issue on-the-spot fines for breaches of the regulation. These fines range from $200 to $1000 for individuals and up to $5000 for companies.