Australian Standard AS3745-2010
The Sydney Morning Herald recently published an article titled:
"Fire wardens be alarmed – you could get burnt" Read it here
The article discussed the new beefed up Australian Standard on emergency procedures AS3745 and advises that employers seek legal advice in regards to the indemnity of their warden volunteers who used to be indemnified if they acted in good faith. This new clause is reportedly causing many volunteer Fire Wardens to quit in fear of being accused of acting negligently. It will be up to State Governments if they wish to enshrine the Standard as Legislation. The Standard is still not as tough as recent changes made to QLD Fire Life Safety Legislation.
More Online Information:
FIRST 5 Minutes have put together this excellent newsletter that explains the new Standard and the potential legal ramifications. Download it here: [download id="74"]
National Safety Council of Australia (NSCA) has published a small article on their website: "There is greater recognition for a broader range of emergency situations (i.e. other than the fire focus) including those that could be classified as security risks and threats. There is a reference to security officers who are part of the Emergency Control Organisation (i.e. Chief Wardens). It has more mandatory requirements". READ THE FULL ARTICLE ADAIR will be holding a FREE half day SEMINAR to go through the new requirements of AS3745 – 2010. Visit their website for more info.
Fire Protection Association of Australia will be holding full day seminars on the following dates:
|TAS – Wed 2 Feb
|NT – Mon 7 Feb
|SA – Wed 9 Feb
|WA – Fri 11 Feb
|QLD – Tue 15 Feb
|NSW – Thur 24 Feb
|VIC – Mon 28 Feb
This full-day seminar, being held in most national capitals will provide attendees with detailed information about the changes to the Australian Standard 3745 Emergency Control Organisation and Procedures for Buildings, Structures & Workplaces. Content for the day’s program will include an overview of changes to the standard, details on the emergency planning committee, the emergency plan, the roles and responsibilities of the the committee and officers, emergency procedures, training and evacuation and maintenance. A local perspective will be provided in each state and a panel session will allow for questions and debates. VISIT THEIR WEBSITE FOR MORE INFO EVAC SERVICES have published a table to summarize who is responsible for what in the new standard. SEE IT HERE