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Laws Relating to Fire Safety in Australia: What are the Implications of Non-Compliance?

07 March 2019

In 2017, the government of New South Wales and other areas of Australia approved the Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment (Fire Safety and Building Certification) Regulation 2017, which introduced reforms to previous fire safety rules. The amended regulations became effective on October 1, 2017, and implemented specific legal requirements that building owners and managers must comply with in order to ensure the safety of tenants and workers who inhabited their buildings. The Amended Regulation’s ‘Relevant Fire Safety System’ The 2017 Amended Regulation calls for new building plans and construction to include a ‘Relevant Fire Safety System’ to include such features […]

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5 Common Causes of Fire in the Workplace

15 February 2019

1. Faulty Electrical Equipment Ensure that all electrical equipment is checked regularly and certified as checked by safety consultants Sydney area. Faulty electrical equipment can easily ignite a spark that can quickly turn into a fire and destroy your building and endanger staff and customers. 2. Discarded Cigarettes Cigarettes that have not been distinguished correctly can quickly start a fire. This is a very common cause of fire in both businesses and homes. Provide adequate ashtrays for smokers ideally with a cover, or filled with sand or water. 3. Overloaded Electrical Sockets Electrical sockets should not be overloaded with too […]

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5 Do’s and Don’ts of Fire Safety and Compliance

14 January 2019

Fire safety is important for businesses to protect the safety of employees and customers, as well as your building, office equipment, stock and other assets. Here are some important do’s and don’ts when it comes to fire safety: DO: • Have an Annual Fire Safety Inspection This includes inspection of fire exits, hose reels, sprinklers, and alarms. In the case of fire, you need to ensure that all of your equipment is working correctly. It is a requirement of Fire Safety Compliance NSW to have your equipment checked. In New South Wales you will receive certification when this has been […]

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5 Tips to Reduce the Risks of Fire in the Workplace

03 December 2018

Fire in the workplace can have a catastrophic effect on safety, your business, and its assets. Having preventative procedures in place will minimise the risks of fire in the workplace. Here are 5 tips to reduce risks: 1. Implement a Fire Safety Program Implementing a fire safety program is important to minimise risks. The fire safety program must include preparation, prevention, and recognition of fire hazards.It needs to contain a system for maintaining your fire protection equipment such as alarms, fire sprinklers and fire extinguishers regularly. Have your fire safety program available in written form and ensure that all staff […]

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Important Fire Safety Regulations for Buildings in NSW

12 November 2018

Buildings in NSW are required by law to abide by the NSW Planning and Assessment Regulations Act 2000 regarding fire safety. Non-compliance can result in legal consequences and substantial fines. The following is a summary of important Fire Safety Regulations in NSW. • Annual Fire Safety Statement Sydney or NSW areas An annual check of all buildings and fire equipment must be done by a certified fire risk assessments NSW company. When the initial assessment has been completed you will receive an Annual Fire Safety Certificate NSW. Buildings must be assessed thereafter each year for which when approved an Annual […]

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