Compliance

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Compliance 2018-06-29T06:25:06+00:00

Compliance.

Compliance can be often referred to as a puzzle. Organisations are obliged to comply with a growing number of building related legislative requirements and government directives. Achieving compliance is becoming increasingly difficult due to the large number of standards and building features that are required to be maintained. SAFE solves this puzzle by implementing a simple maintenance agreement. Contact us for a free audit and quotation of your site. Problem Solved!

Form 46

A Form 46 is a schedule of prescribed essential health & safety measures that are required to be maintained in a commercial building.

For new buildings or alterations and additions to existing buildings completed after 1 July 2004, the Building Surveyor who issues the Occupancy Permit for the building determines a schedule of prescribed essential safety and health measures (Form 46) appropriate to the building which maintenance is required.

For buildings built before 1 July 2004, the owner will need to determine or have determined the appropriate maintenance requirements for their building.

In both cases SAFE can assist with obtaining or developing Form 46’s. Please contact us for more information about your specific requirements.

Form 56

All Owners/Occupiers must display an Annual Maintenance Statement (a certificate, also called Form 56) in a prominent position on their premises. e.g. in the foyer or adjacent to the main entrance.

Before this Statement is signed and displayed the owner must ensure that all safety features are in working order.

This Statement is important as it publicly shows that owners/occupiers are fulfilling their maintenances obligations.

SAFE can complete an annual inspection and prepare a Form 56 for you to sign so you don’t have to guess if all of your maintenance is being done as it should. Please contact us for more information about your specific requirements.

What Are My Obligations As a Business?

Under the Building Act 2000 & the Building Regulations 2004, all commercial buildings must have their essential health & safety features & measures maintained. Building Standards for the construction of buildings are worthless if those standards are not maintained throughout the life of the building. The maintenance of any essential safety and health feature or measure included in a building will ensure that the safety system or measure remains at the required operational level.

The relevant features and measures are prescribed in detail in the Building Regulations 2004 and refer to the maintenance standards included in the Building Code of Australia (BCA).

What are the Essential Safety & Health Features & Measures?

Essential safety and health features include:

  • The building’s fire integrity
  • Means of egress, signs, and lighting
  • Firefighting services and equipment
  • Air handling systems
  • Automatic fire detection and alarm systems
  • Occupant warning systems
  • Lifts
  • Standby power supply systems
  • Mechanical ventilation and hot water, warm water and cooling water systems
  • Glazed assemblies, and balconies
  • Refrigerated chambers, strong rooms and vaults
  • On-site waste management systems
  • Backflow prevention devices
  • Thermostatic mixing valves or tempering valves (in certain buildings)

Essential safety and health measures include:

  • Building clearance and fire appliance access
  • Building use and application
  • Emergency evacuation procedure

How Safe Makes it Easy?

SAFE solves your compliance puzzle, all that’s required is contacting our office to arrange an appointment for one of our skilled assessors to visit your site.

During this site visit our assessor will determine your obligations in accordance with the appropriate legislation and provide a detailed report & cost proposal for your review.

Should you choose to proceed with the recommendations, a simple maintenance agreement is agreed upon and we commence the necessary maintenance regimes that are required for your building’s compliance obligations to be satisfied.

Our technicians are trained, multi skilled professionals who will keep you informed of progress as we complete the various levels of maintenance at predetermined times as required under the relevant Australian Standards.

When choosing SAFE as your service provider, you’re dealing with one company & one account. This means less interruptions, better accountability, log on details to all your account history including reports, future inspection dates, asset history, invoice history and much much more.

Compliance has never been easier and with the cost effective advantages of dealing with one company, if you’re not using SAFE then you’re doing it the hard way.

Please contact us if you would like more information or a quotation.

Why Do I need to Comply?

A General Manager of Council can issue a building notice to the owner of a building if the essential health and safety measures of the building are not maintained in accordance with the Building Regulations 2004.

A General Manager or the Director of Building Control could also issue an infringement notice for failure to maintain the essential health and safety features and measures.

Non-compliance may also result in a fine of up to $10,000 for individuals or $50,000 for companies. More importantly non-compliance could place not only building occupant’s lives at risk, but also those in adjoining buildings and passers-by.

Most insurance policies also state that compliance must be made in accordance will all local and national legislation. Failure to comply may result in a null and void policy.

Contact us to find out if you are in breach of the Regulations and Standards.

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