Overview – Essential Safety and Health Features and Measures

In Tasmania the fire safety systems installed within buildings are called Essential Safety and Health Features and Measures and are an integral part of the life and safety of occupants within commercial and public buildings in the event of an emergency or fire.  Maintenance of the Essential Safety and Health Features and Measures is the responsibility of the building owner and as of the 1st of July 2004 each measure must be maintained in accordance with the Building Regulations 2004.

This matter is controlled and regulated by Section 120 of the Building Act 2000 and Part 7 of the Buildings Regulations 2004. Also a Director of Building Control’s specified list. These documents and associated regulations set out the requirements for the maintenance of the Essential Safety and Health Features and Measures. All Essential Safety and Health Features and Measures are listed in Section I of the National Construction Code as well as some plumbing devices and evacuation procedures. The owner of a building has the responsibility to ensure that all Essential Safety and Health Features and Measures are being properly maintained and must also publicly display an annual maintenance statement that the features and measures have been assessed by an appropriately qualified person and are performing to a standard to which they were originally designed.

Regulations and annual certification of Essential Safety Provisions is applied to all classes of building except for Class 1a dwellings. The frequency of maintenance of the Essential Safety and Health Features and Measures depends on the feature or measure itself. Past I of the BCA calls up each item and has a Director of Building Controls specified frequency.

Essential Safety and Health Features and Measures

Essential Safety and Health Features and Measures