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Under EPAR (Environmental Planning & Assessment Regulations), all commercial premises in Australia must possess an AFSS (annual fire safety statement). Besides, owners must present the statement annually to their respective state's fire brigade and the local councils. While some councils issue notices for submitting the AFSS, not all do, and it'll be your sole responsibility to comply with this.
Read on for insights on AFSS and the necessary steps you must follow during compliance assessment.
What Does AFSS Involve?
As mentioned above, you need to conduct a fire assessment for your business premises and present the statement form to the relevant authorities. Therefore, you must enlist a certified and qualified expert to complete the evaluation of your premises' fire safety protocols. This may be in the form of an annual fire assessment report and inspection.
Who's More Qualified to Conduct Assessment?
There are no set minimum legal requirements for assessment qualification. It is thus your responsibility to find the most suitable assessor. An excellent individual for this job should have proper auditing skills and experience as well as practical knowledge of safety standards and regulations. Besides, the expert must understand your premises' fire safety measures and have adequate qualifications in fire safety matters. Steps involved include:
Step 1: Auditing
For you to meet the critical regulation's requirements, you must identify, assess and review fire safety measures as per the set Performance Standards. Auditing helps determine the exact condition of your building's essential services, possible maintenance flaws and any other non-compliance aspects. Standard safety measures you can assess include:
Fire alarms and detectors
Emergency exits and lighting
Fire extinguishers and sprinkler systems
Fire hydrants/fire hose reels
Step 2: Presenting the AFSS
After conducting the audit, you must set a course of action to mitigate any identified deficiencies. Proceed to organise your annual safety statement, which you or your representative must sign within the first three months of auditing. Additionally, make copies of the AFSS and forward them to your relevant local council and fire brigade department and display one in your premises. Remember to safely keep any records of repair work handy for later audits and inspection.
Step 3: Maintenance of Fire Safety Systems
Through an integrated maintenance program, you must inspect, test and maintain fire safety systems regularly. Conduct this as per the Australian and BCA standards.
Non-compliance can cause potential safety and health risks to workers in or around the premises during fire emergencies, and it may also result in stiff fines.