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Australian Planning for Emergencies Standard Amended

In May, Amendment 1 of Australian Standard 3745-2010: (Planning for Emergencies in Facilities) replaced the existing standard of the same name. Prior to its publishing, the amendment had been in draft review format since mid-2013.

The major changes include the introduction of the “Emergency Planning Consultant”, referring to emergency planning specialists with “the knowledge and skill enabling him/her to advise on human behaviour, fire safety systems, evacuation methodology, emergency preparedness and response and the development of an emergency plan”.  Other change relate to emergency plans and emergency response procedures, emergency evacuation diagrams and signs (where the biggest of the changes in the amendment occur), occupants and visitors with a disability (which expands on the definition of occupants and visitors with a disability), and evacuation exercises.

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