Operation of an Emergency Warning System

I have been asked multiple times by building owners and occupiers about the law regarding the operation of an occupant warning system or emergency warning system in Victoria given the introduction of changes in the legislation effective December 1, 2012.

In summary, in Victoria, it is an offence to damage or interfere with a fire indicator panel or other apparatus that transmits the alarm signal to the fire services without reasonable excuse.

The Melbourne Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) state the offence provisions are:

    Healthcare Colour Code Warning Systems

    I love feedback from the Firewize website. Not a day goes by when I don't get a message about something that we have written, or a request for more information. Today I received a message from a consultant (Tash) who asked for more information about an older article on the website titled "Healthcare - Colour Code Warning System" . Here is the question, and my response:

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    From: Tash

    AS 3745-2010 Planning for Emergencies in Facilities

    Over the last few days I have been asked three times the following question;

    In what circumstances am I required to create an emergency plan for a workplace?

    Upon further investigation, the question has hovered around the specific requirements for a 150-250m2 Class 6 (retail) building.


    Recently the Fire Protection Association of Australia hosted a series of seminars throughout Australia effectively launching the 2010 revision of Australian Standard AS 3745-2010 Planning for Emergencies in Facilities.

    The standard was first published in 1990 and was revised in 1995 and 2002. The fourth edition, released in November 2010, outlines the minimum requirements for the establishment, validation and implementation of an emergency plan for a facility.

    The standard applies to buildings, structures or workplaces occupied by people, with the exception of Class 1a1 buildings as defined in the Building Code of Australia, unless that dwelling is also used as a workplace.

    The standard also provides guidance for the planning and implementation of effective emergency planning committee (EPC), emergency control organisation (ECO) and emergency response procedures, covering emergency situations up until the appropriate emergency service arrives.

    While not normally a condition of an Occupancy Permit or Maintenance Determination it is possible an emergency plans and controls could be deemed to be an essential safety measure and fall within the requirements of Part 12 of the Building Regulations 2006 (Vic)

    • 1. Clause 1.2 of AS3745-2010 excludes single (Class 1) dwellings

    Emergency Preparedness & Response Training

    Maintenance Essentials is the No.1. trusted company that now offers emergency response training and education solutions for all industries which include:

    • Health Care
    • Aged Care
    • Light Industry
    • Heavy Industry
    • Transport
    • Aviation

    Course participants that complete the training will learn the key fundamentals of:

    • Emergency response management
    • Understand the Emergency Control Organisation-ECO structure

    Healthcare - Colour Code Warning System

    A recognised standard within healthcare facilities in Australia is the colour coded emergency response system. This system forms part of healthcare facilities Emergency Procedures Manual (EPM). Each colour helps define the actions and activities required of staff when responding and managing an incident.