Australian Standard AS3745:2010 Planning for Emergencies in Facilities
This Standard supersedes AS3745:1995 titled ‘Emergency control organization and procedures for buildings’. The new Standard reflects a more modern and holistic approach to life-safety within facilities and as such, there are significant changes. 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 Organization (i.e. Chief warden and wardens). It has more mandatory requirements.
It is critically important for security companies that have their employees who are part of their client’s Emergency Control Organization (ECO) on premises to ensure that their SOP / Site Instructions and training are consistent with AS3745:2010 and it is further suggested that security companies advise their clients of the new Standard. It is vital that emergency response resources, procedures, training and support documentation are promptly brought in line with the new Standard. Failure to do so, may have implications in terms of occupational, health and safety legislation and your associated duty of care obligations. AS3745:2010 can be purchased from SAI Global at www.saiglobal.com
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