Emergency Planning

Do Safety Graphics provide Emergency Evacuation Diagrams for retails shops?

Yes, we provide Emergency Evacuation Diagrams for all types of buildings, sites and facilities. From municipal council operated camping grounds and outdoor construction sites, to small retail shops, residential strata blocks, hospitals, university and schools, childcare centres and aged care facilities; offices, factories and warehouses, we do all buildings, sites and facility types.

Why do I need to have an Emergency Plan and Emergency Evacuation Diagrams at my business?

The legislative and regulations standards regarding workplace safety are serious requirements set forth to protect the workforce in Australia. These codes for emergency safety and preparedness are instituted by the Model Work Health and Safety Bill (WHS Act) and enforceable for the standard duty of care in the work place. Non-compliance have serious penalties including but not limited to fines of up to $30,0000.

At Safety Graphics, we specialise in AS3745-2010 Planning for emergencies in facilities and AS 4083 Planning for emergencies – health care facilities to produce fully compliant emergency evacuation diagrams and emergency plans for your site.

Evacuation exercises are required to be held on a regular basis so your workforce is aware of emergency evacuations in the event of an actual emergency and new amendments also service and maintenance safety schedules, exit strategies, and orderly plans for safe evacuations of individuals required by law.

As a business owner, you want to protect the safety of your workers, visitors and tenants as if you would for your own home. It is not just legally required, but it is your duty to adequately maintain your business in the best interest of your workforce and yourself. Compliance evaluations are readily available to assist you.

What or who is a PCBU?

A ‘person conducting a business or undertaking’ (PCBU) is a legal term under WHS laws for individuals, businesses or organisations that are conducting business. A person who performs work for a PCBU is considered a worker.

Types of PCBUs can include:

public and private companies
partners in a partnership
sole traders and self employed people
government departments and authorities
associations if they have one or more employees
local government councils
independent schools
As a PCBU you must meet your obligations, so far as is reasonably practicable, to ensure the health and safety of workers and other people like visitors and volunteers.

These obligations include:

safe systems of work
safe use of plant, structures and substances
adequate facilities for the welfare of workers
notification and recording of workplace incidents
adequate information, training, instruction and supervision
compliance with requirements under the Work Health and Safety Regulation
effective systems for monitoring the health of workers and workplace conditions
a safe work environment
maintain the premises used for accommodation for workers, if required
A PCBU has further obligations if involved in specific kinds of activities like:

the management and control of workplaces, or fixtures, fittings or plant at workplaces
the design, manufacture, import or supply of plant, substances or structures
installation, construction or commissioning of plant or structures.
PCBUs must also have meaningful and open consultation about work health and safety with workers, health and safety representatives, and health and safety committees.

As a PCBU you must also consult, cooperate and coordinate with other PCBUs if you share duties.

I don’t have any floor plans of my building, can Safety Graphics help?

Yes, we can still help you to meet your obligations under SafeWork Australia and AS3745-2010 Planning for emergencies in facilities and AS4083-2010 Planning for emergencies in health care facilities.

We can visit the site and draft floor plans for simple layouts or refer to a range of professionals to get the plans created and the diagrams produced,

Call us today to find out more.

What do Emergency Evacuation Diagrams need to include to comply with AS3745-2010?

The Australian Standard 3745 outlines the design requirements for evacuation diagrams and what needs to be displayed on these plans. To meet regulations and be deemed compliant, your diagrams need to:

Be A3 in size with a pictorial representation of the site a minimum of 298mm x 210mm
Have the title ‘Evacuation Diagram’
Be no more than 5 years old
Be correctly orientated and contain a ‘You Are Here’ sign
Contain all fire protection and communication equipment using the correct colours and styles
Clearly display the assembly areas
Be displayed in all general areas of high traffic and at all exits
Be placed between a height of 1200mm and 1600mm from the floor
Identify all fire extinguisher by type using the correct colours and styles
Contain a legend reflecting all symbols used in the diagram
Include the validity date of the diagram
Are easy to read and follow in the event of an emergency
Clearly display all emergency exits
Safety Graphics are a specialist provider of AS3745-2010 compliant emergency plans and evacuation diagrams to many clients throughout Australia. We understand that keeping your staff and buildings safe whilst complying with legal regulations is a priority.

Call us today on 02 8006 4445 or email info @ safetygraphics.com.au to find out how our experienced and qualified team can help ensure your evacuation diagrams are compliant.