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Essential Safety Measures

Last modified: July 9, 2019
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Taken from Essential Safety Measures Maintenance Manual, Victorian building Commission.

The Building Regulations 2006 and Part 11 of the Building Regulations 1994 (the Regulations) prescribe the requirements for maintenance of buildings built on and after 1 July 1994.

Any essential safety measure in Class 1b, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 buildings and places of public entertainment must be maintained, by the owner, to a working condition that enables them to fulfil their purpose and meet the expectations of inspecting authorities.

The Regulations make it mandatory for the building surveyor to list the required essential services on the issuing of the occupancy permit. The level of performance to which the service is to be maintained must also be specified on the occupancy permit. In the case of an essential service being provided where no occupancy permit is required, then the relevant building surveyor must determine the level of performance that must be specified in writing and given to the owner.

The Regulations list essential safety measures as:

  • Air conditioning systems
  • Emergency lifts
  • Emergency lighting
  • Emergency power supply
  • Emergency warning and intercommunication systems
  • Exit doors
  • Exit signs
  • Fire brigade connections
  • Fire control centres
  • Fire control panels
  • Fire curtain
  • Fire dampers
  • Fire detectors and alarm systems
  • Fire doors
  • Fire extinguishers (portable)
  • Fire hose reels
  • Fire hydrants
  • Fire indices for materials
  • Fire mains
  • Fire shutters
  • Fire windows
  • Fire-isolated lift shafts
  • Fire-isolated passageways
  • Fire-isolated ramps
  • Fire-isolated stairs
  • Fire-protective coverings
  • Fire-rated access panels
  • Fire-rated control joints
  • Fire-rated materials applied to building element
  • Fire-resisting shafts
  • Fire-resisting structures
  • Lightweight construction
  • Mechanical ventilation systems
  • Paths of travel to exits
  • Penetrations in fire-rated structures
  • Smoke alarms
  • Smoke control measures
  • Smoke doors
  • Smoke vents
  • Sprinkler systems
  • Stairwell pressurization systems
  • Static water storage
  • Vehicular access for large isolated buildings
  • Warning systems associated with lifts
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