Emergency Evacuation Plans
Created to equip building residents with a roadmap on the requisite actions needed during an evacuation scenario in the event of a fire.
The Evacuation Plan will detail the locations of the fire safety equipment, dangerous goods, fire hydrants and assembly area(s).
For each diagram placed in the building, the directions of the best and alternative route to the assembly point will be shown as a guide.
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Here are some key aspects related to emergency evacuation plans in New Zealand:
Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA): This legislation sets out the primary framework for workplace health and safety in New Zealand. Under this act, employers have a duty to ensure the safety and welfare of their employees, including the development and implementation of emergency plans.
Fire and Emergency New Zealand Act 2017: This act establishes Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ) as the primary agency responsible for fire services and emergency management in the country. FENZ provides guidelines and advice on developing evacuation plans and conducts inspections to ensure compliance.
Building Act 2004: This legislation regulates the construction, alteration, and demolition of buildings in New Zealand. It includes requirements for means of escape from buildings, fire safety systems, and emergency lighting. The Building Code, which is part of the Building Act, provides specific guidance on emergency evacuation provisions for different types of buildings.
New Zealand Standard NZS 4503:2005: This standard, titled “Fire Safety in Buildings,” provides guidance on emergency procedures, including evacuation planning, warning systems, and evacuation schemes. It outlines the responsibilities of building owners, occupants, and employers in emergency situations.
Civil Defence Emergency Management Act 2002: This act establishes the legal framework for civil defense emergency management in New Zealand. It addresses emergency planning, response, and recovery at the national, regional, and local levels.
WorkSafe New Zealand: WorkSafe is the primary government agency responsible for regulating and promoting workplace health and safety in New Zealand. They provide guidelines, resources, and information on emergency planning and evacuation procedures.
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