By Dave Hipkins, National Technical and Product Manager with Wormald New Zealand
With infirm and often immobile residents, and a wide range of intricate medical equipment on site, fire protection in aged care facilities and nursing homes requires careful planning and technical knowledge.
If you’re responsible for managing an aged care facility, you must be fully aware of the fire risks on site and actively work towards minimising those risks. It’s advisable that you consult a fire protection specialist to help identify the needs and fire hazards specific to your facility. While preventing a fire may not always be possible, having inadequate or improper fire protection on site can expose residents and staff to dangers, lead to potential injury or in a worst case scenario, loss of life.
Every aged care facility has individual requirements. Fire protection solutions can be custom designed to match specific needs and budgets and can include a combination of fire protection products, equipment and systems. For example, a fire protection solution may involve fire detection and occupant warning systems, fire sprinkler systems, fire doors and portable fire equipment such as fire hose reels, fire blankets and fire extinguishers.
It’s critically important that all fire protection systems and equipment are designed and installed in accordance with the relevant legislation and Standards. Continue reading
By Garry Kwok, National Technical Services Manager at Wormald
Fire safety is an important responsibility for any building or property manager. They must ensure that the correct fire protection equipment and systems are in place. They must also make sure that any fire protection equipment and systems on site are regularly serviced and kept in proper working order.
With frequent changes to legislation, codes and Standards relating to fire safety, it can be hard to keep up with exactly what your responsibilities are. In the recent Wormald Business Fire Safety Report, we surveyed 445 business owners and managers from across ANZ about their approach to fire safety. The survey found that over 30 per cent of respondents rely on their fire protection specialist to keep them up to date. Here’s a synopsis of a few amendments from the past eighteen months: Continue reading
By John Lynch, general manager of Wormald’s Business Support Services
School children, everyday commuters and sight-seeing tourists – everybody using public transport has the expectation of safe travel, and passengers rely on transport companies and authorities to have appropriate safety provisions in place.
Following recent media reports of a bus fire on Oxford Street in Sydney and a tourist bus fire on Queensland’s Fraser Island, vehicle fire protection is once again a popular topic of conversation.
For vehicle managers, fire safety can pose unique and specific challenges. Many buses and large vehicles have fuel sources and other combustible components that can be in relatively close proximity to the vehicle’s ignition and heat sources, all of which surround the vehicle’s driver and passengers. Vehicle fires can occur for many reasons. For example, according to reports the NSW Office of Transport Safety Investigations believes the Oxford Street bus fire was the result of a cracked pipe which was leaking fuel. Continue reading
By Garry Kwok, national manager, Technical Services Group, Wormald Australia
Wormald recently held a customer forum to discuss the changes to the Australian Standard AS 3745-2010 – Planning for emergencies in facilities. Our experts talked through the most significant differences between the AS 3745-2002 and the updated AS 3745-2010.
AS 3745 – Planning for emergencies in facilities provides a standardised methodology for managing emergency procedures and evacuations in the workplace. The Standard was first published in 1990 and was revised in 1995 and 2002. This fourth edition, released in November 2010, has changes affecting areas such as planning, procedures and training. Continue reading