Queensland Building Fire Safety Regulation 1991 review

I received the following email as an update on the regulatory changes in Queensland from the Queensland Fire & rescue Service (QFRS). It outlines the analysis of the submissions received from stakeholders and the community regarding the review of Queensland Building Fire Safety Regulation 1991 by Department of Emergency Services (DES).

From: Mary-Lou Burgess
Sent: Thursday, 23 August 2007 4:13 PM
Subject: Building Fire Safety Regulation 1991

The Queensland Fire and Rescue Service writes to update you and your members on the regulatory review progress.

As you know, the Department of Emergency Services (DES) is conducting a review of the Building Fire Safety Regulation 1991.

A Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) was prepared, containing proposed changes to the existing regulation, and made available for public comment in June 2007. The public consultation stage of the review took place during June and July 2007.

Analysis of the submissions received from stakeholders and the community has identified a range of issues that require further exploration. The main issues requiring further exploration are:

  • The costs, benefits and alternative options in relation to the proposed requirement that an occupier ensure that an appropriate number of persons in high occupancy buildings possess a current fire safety qualification (section 34 of the consultation draft of the regulation);
  • Whether the number of buildings that require workers with a qualification should be narrowed? ( see the definition of low occupancy building in Schedule 3);
  • How to best ensure that relevant alternative solution conditions are made know to, and implemented by, the occupier of a building; (section 24(3) and section 25);
  • Whether the obligation base, where the majority of fire safety obligations are reposed on the occupier, is too narrow; and
  • Whether the reporting requirements in relation to ? significant critical defects? ( sections 43,47 and 49) will work in practice, and whether there are more workable alternatives to ensuring appropriate building fire safety information is provided to the fire service.

The existing regulation has been extended for a further 12 months in light of the current review of certain sections of the Fire and Rescue Service Act 1990 (the overriding legislation for the regulation) and to permit further development of the proposed replacement regulation to take account of the community and whole of government feedback received.

Thank you to all organisations that have provided feedback. That feedback has been very useful in developing the agency?s understanding of the issues involved and effectiveness of the proposals specified in the RIS.

The new replacement regulation will not commence on 1 September 2007 and the existing regulation will continue to apply.

Regular updates will be posted to the Queensland Fire and Rescue web site at www.fire.qld.gov.au to keep the community informed of the progress of the development of the regulation and, in particular development of the issues referred to above.

For further information you may contact the Project Officer, Legislative Review Project on 08 3109 7952 or email to fireris@emergency.qld.gov.au.


Mary-Lou Burgess
A/Project Officer
Legislative Review Project
Community Safety & Training Unit
Queensland Fire & Rescue Service
Department of Emergency Services
Ph 08 3109 7952 Fax 08 3109 7601

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Submitted by Building Fire (not verified) on October 28, 2011 - 19:27.

Well, this is a very informative post to all of us. We must maintain these following steps to avoid apartment fire Please check.

1. Drop and roll: if fire catches your clothes then never run. STOP running and roll over to reduce the flame
4. Use safety guard for electric devices.
5. Match box is always for adults' use.
6. Do not use elevators in fire affected places. Always use stairs.