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Annual Essential Safety Measures (AESMR)

When the construction of a building is complete, the building owner is responsible for its upkeep and maintenance, particularly its safety features and essential safety measures.

 

The maintenance of essential safety measures will ensure that the safety systems dealing with predominantly fire situations within the building remain at the required operational level throughout the life of the building. The type of maintenance depends on the complexity of the safety measure equipment.

 

For buildings constructed or altered since 1 July 1994, the relevant building surveyor at the end of the works would have issued you with an occupancy permit or certificate of final inspection which lists the:

  • Essential safety measure associated with the building work
  • Level of performance for each essential safety measure to fulfill its purpose
  • Frequency and type of maintenance required. 

Councils have a responsibility under building legislation for the enforcement of building safety within their municipality. Building owners have an obligation to ensure that an essential safety measure, piece of safety equipment, fitting or other safety measure is maintained so that it operates satisfactorily.

 

Quick Video

Please take the time to watch this three minute video on Roscon's Annual Essential Safety Measures Reports.

 

AESMR Video 

 

What is an essential safety measure?

An essential safety measure is defined under the Building Regulations 2006 (the Regulations) as an item listed in Tables I1.1 to I1.11 of Volume One of the National Construction Code, except the item in Table I1.4 relating to artificial lighting.

 

This may include safety systems such as:

  •  Air conditioning systems
  •  Exit doors
  •  Early warning systems
  •  Emergency lifts and lighting
  •  Emergency lighting
  •  Emergency power supply
  •  Emergency warning systems
  •  Exit signs
  •  Fire control centres
  •  Fire curtains and doors
  •  Fire extinguishers
  •  Fire detectors & alarm systems
  •  Fire hydrants
  •  Fire isolated stairs
  •  Fire rated materials
  •  Fire windows
  •  Mechanical ventilation
  •  Passage ramps
  •  Path of travel to exits
  •  Smoke alarms
  •  Smoke control systems
  •  Sprinkler systems

Buildings built before 1 July 1994

If your building was built before 1 July 1994, you are required to prepare an annual essential safety measures report. You are responsible for ensuring that any safety equipment, safety fittings or safety measures are maintained and fulfilling their purpose. This includes exits and paths of travel to exits.

 

It is also advised that you keep records of maintenance checks, safety measure and repair work be kept so a municipal building surveyor or chief officer of the fire brigade can inspect them. These documents must be made available to the municipal building surveyor or the chief fire officer within 24 hours of notification.

 

And remember, if building work is carried out, these circumstances may change, so it is worth checking with a building surveyor to see what you need to do to comply with the Regulations.

 

Buildings constructed or altered since 1 July 1994

If your building was constructed or altered after 1 July 1994, the list of essential safety measures, including their performance level, frequency and type of maintenance required would be included with your occupancy permit or certificate of final inspection.

 

You are required to prepare an annual essential safety measures report on the buildings essential safety measures. You may choose to engage specialist maintenance contractors to assist in the preparation of the report. Owners are required to:

Display all current occupancy permits. This document can be framed, placed in a sealed, transparent or glass covered notice board or for multiple pages, the pages may be laminated so they can be suspended or fixed to the building

  • Place it in a prominent position as approved by the building surveyor
  • Check with your building surveyor to determine when compliance is required
  • All essential safety measure reports and records of maintenance checks, safety measure and repair work are to be kept on the premises for inspection and must be made available for inspection with 24 hours of notification.
  • The agent of the owner may complete the annual safety measures report if written delegation is provided.

By meeting these requirements you as the owner or the owners managing agent will have greater knowledge of the safety of your building.

 

What type of buildings are affected?

All buildings other than a house or outbuilding are affected. These include the following Classes as defined in the National Construction Code:

  • Class 1b: Some boarding houses, guest houses or hostels
  • Class 2: Buildings containing sole-occupancy unit (e.g. apartments, blocks of flats)
  • Class 3: Backpacker accommodation, residential parts of hotels or motels, residential parts of schools, accommodation for the aged, disabled or children
  • Class 5: Offices for professional or commercial purposes
  • Class 6: Shops or other buildings for sale of goods by retail cafés, restaurants, milk bars, dining rooms, and bars
  • Class 7: Buildings used for car parks, storage or display of goods.
  • Class 8: Laboratories or buildings for production or assembly of goods
  • Class 9: Public buildings such as health care buildings or assembly buildings, nightclubs, bars etc

 

What happens if an owner doesn’t comply?

The municipal building surveyor or chief fire officer of the relevant fire brigrade is responsible for the enforcement of these regulations.

 

Non-compliance may result in an infringement notice issued by Council or the Fire Brigade up to $1,000. Furthermore, non compliance may result in prosecution in which a fine may be imposed of $10,000 for an individual or $50,000 for companies for each breach of the Regulations. More importantly, non-compliance could place not only building occupants at risk but also those of passers-by and the occupants of adjoining buildings.

 

Adequate maintenance is the best means of ensuring that fire safety systems will operate reliably if an emergency arises.

 

Below are some Annual Essential Safety Measures Report samples:

Sample One

Sample Two

Sample Three

 

Forms:

Reports Quote Form

Reports Order Form

 

small-phone-icon.png - small For more information download our Essential Safety Measures Brochure, or call 1800 767 266.