Emergency Exit Signs – Legal Requirements for Businesses

Signs and lights for emergency exits are an essential part of any business’s emergency planning and required by the Building Code of Australia 2010. Every business needs to ensure they are up to date with the latest requirements to ensure they are compliant and will be ready in the event of an emergency situation. Below is information about the basic requirements so a business can determine if they are compliant. If they are not compliant or they are not sure if they are fully compliant, it’s recommended they work with a professional immediately to ensure their business’s safety plan is brought up to date completely.

Why are Lights and Signs Important?

Lights and signs are essential for those who need to find their way out of a building in case of an emergency like a fire. Without lights and signs, they might not be able to see the exits or be able to figure out which door is an exit quickly and can be injured or killed in the fire. This is a liability issue for any business as it is the responsibility of the business to comply with the latest standards to ensure the safety of all employees and customers in an emergency. With the proper lighting and signs, it’s easy for a person to determine which way to go to exit the building as quickly as possible, which could save their life.

What Building Codes and Regulations Apply?

The basic standards include the Building Code of Australia 2010 and Australian Standards AS2293.1. These codes dictate all aspects of the lighting and signs in place for emergencies to ensure they can be seen in an emergency, are easy to understand and will be functional when they’re needed the most. The rules and regulations can differ based on the size of the building or the age of the building, so it is important to work with a professional to make sure the business is completely compliant with these regulations.

Where Must They Be Installed?

All retail buildings are going to require emergency lights and at least one sign. A person should take a look at AS2293.1 for the exact requirements for Exit Lights and Exit Signs determined by their building class, the size of the building, and the layout of the building. Emergency signs need to be appropriately placed above doorways and should be no more than 2.7 meters high to ensure they can be clearly seen in an emergency situation.

What Must Be Done for Maintenance and Service?

Emergency Exit Lights and signs need to be maintained as part of the regulations to ensure they are working when they’re needed. The amount of time between maintenance can differ based on the lights and signs purchased, but they should be tested regularly to ensure they are working between servicing. When the maintenance is completed, it’s a good idea to discuss the options for upgrading if necessary and to ensure the lights and signs are still compliant as this can help the business owner be sure that they follow the latest requirements at all times.

Emergency lights and signs are an essential part of every building’s safety plans, but installing and maintaining them in accordance with the relevant standards isn’t always easy to do. A business can always turn to a professional who fully understands all applicable regulations and who can ensure the building is in compliance. This way, the business can be sure all employees and customers will be able to find their way out of the building in an emergency and the chance of injuries from a fire is significantly reduced.

FCF Sunshine Coast has vast experience in creating Evacuation Diagrams. We can visit the premises, do a draft, then with our software create a laminated A3 which meet AS 3745 and ensure the occupants can familiarise themselves with the fire safety assets onsite. We also ensure all staff can read and understand the evacuation procedures in the event of an emergency. Contact us today for advice and installation of Emergency Exit Signs in your Sunshine Coast Business. We are happy to provide a free quote.