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