Essential safety measures

When the construction of a building is complete, the owner is responsible for its upkeep and maintenance, particularly its safety features or essential safety measures. All buildings, other than a house or outbuilding, are affected.

The purpose of essential safety measures is to ensure the safe evacuation of all occupants in an emergency and to control the spread of fire so a building and its adjoining buildings can be saved. They can include exit doors, early warning systems, emergency lifts, emergency lighting, emergency power supply, exit signs, fire curtains and doors, fire extinguishers, fire hydrants, fire isolated stairs, fire rated materials, fire windows, paths of travel to exits, smoke alarms and sprinkler systems.
Maintenance of essential safety measures ensures a building remains at the required operational level throughout its life. The type of maintenance needed depends on the complexity of the safety measure, equipment or feature and the maintenance program required or expected at the time of installation. To find out more, Contact a Building Officer and visit the Victorian Building Authority.