Every workplace needs to have Evacuation Diagrams in place. These diagrams help to protect employees and customers in the event of an emergency situation by clearly stating where any exits are and how to evacuate the building as quickly as possible if it’s needed. Without these diagrams, employees may not know how to gather and direct customers out of the building or which way to go if the way they are used to going is blocked by a fire or other obstacle. These diagrams must comply with Australian Standards AS3745 and need to be up to date with the recent changes to the standard.
Why are Diagrams Important?
Evacuation Diagrams are an essential part of any business’s fire safety plan. Many Australian businesses do not have a compliant diagram in place and may either not have one at all or may have one that’s incredibly outdated. This can jeopardize the safety of the employees and any customers in the event of an emergency as they might not be able to easily read or follow any diagrams that are in the building or there might not be a diagram they can check to help them get to safety as quickly as possible. This could also leave the company open to liability if anyone is injured or killed in a fire as it is the business’s responsibility to ensure these diagrams are in place and are up to date.
What Are the Basic AS 3745 Standards?
A business needs to comply with the AS 3745 Evacuation Diagrams standards which include every detail of what the diagrams need to include. This includes the size of the diagram, the standard icons that are used in the diagram, the location of the diagrams, and more. This also includes the basic standards for training employees on how to read the diagrams and what protocol is in place in case there is a need for an evacuation. Every diagram should be clearly displayed and should include a floor plan of the area, a symbol showing where the person is on the diagram, designated exits, and safety gear that might be needed. There are also optional elements that can be included to make the diagram easier to read or to help those reading it in an emergency. Each employer will need to understand which standards have been updated since they have created their diagrams and ensure they comply with the new Evacuation Diagram Standards.
What Are the Recent Changes?
The 2010 standards replace the 2002 standards and include changes to what is included in the diagram and how large it needs to be. Emergency evacuation procedures will now need to be included in the diagrams and fire hydrants are now optional. Change in the sizes and what should be included are also different. Larger facilities should prepare a diagram for each section with no more than two emergency exits per section. The diagrams must be at least A4 in size and if there are optional elements included in the diagram it must be at least A3 in size. The icons used have changed as well, so the arrows, symbols, and other icons will need to be updated in any Evacuation Plans to include the new standard icons.
FCF Sunshine Coast has vast experience in creating these diagrams. They can visit the premises to do a draft and then create a laminated A3 plan which meets all of the current standards for AS 3745. They can also ensure the employees are familiar with the fire safety assets in the building and can read and understand the evacuation procedures in an emergency. Contact FCF Fire and Electrical Sunshine Coast today for a free quote.