This is a question that we are often asked here at Workplace Emergency Management.
Australian Standard 3745-2010 is crucial to ensuring the safety of a workplace and involves multiple key factors that should be complied with in order to do so.
This blog will explain the basics of what this Standard entails and outline what each facility requires in order to comply with the Standard.
What is AS 3745:2010?
AS 3745:2010 – “Planning for Emergencies in Facilities” provides a framework that is recommended as a vital reference when developing your workplace’s plans for emergency management.
It lays out how to meet Safe Work Australia’s Code of Practice on Managing the Work Environment and Facilities, which is a set of pragmatic guidelines to assist your compliance with the WHS Act (2011).
AS 3745:2010 provides a summary of your minimum requirements when developing and implementing an emergency plan for your facility.
This plan ensures the safety of all those within the building (including visitors, contractors, etc.) during an emergency.
It includes preparing for emergencies and should include procedures for any type of scenario that can affect your workplace.
What does it include?
The AS 3745:2010 includes guidelines on these aspects of emergency planning and response:
- Instruction on how to form an Emergency Planning Committee, as well as their responsibilities and required training, including content and frequency
- The identification of emergencies
- Developing an Emergency Plan
- Developing Emergency Response Procedures
- Instruction on how to establish an Emergency Control Organisation, as well as their authority and required training, including content and frequency
- Testing and validating Emergency Response Procedures
- Other training related to emergencies
What doesn’t it cover?
AS 3745:2010 does not encompass incidents regarding facility operations, disaster management in the community, continuity of business, managing security or large-scale environmental incidents beyond your workplace.
While Appendixes A, B, and C contain guidance on how to plan for and respond to smoke and fire emergencies, bomb threats, and illegal occupancy and civil disorder, respectively, the information is not exhaustive enough to constitute sufficient planning for these events.
Workplace Emergency Management ensures your facility is compliant
The responsibility of meeting your obligations to AS 3745:2010 is one that should not be taken lightly, as it is your duty to keep those in your workplace safe from preventable injuries, and in times of emergency.
Workplace Emergency Management will go through every aspect of the Standard with you, creating the required documentation and providing you with exercises and training for your staff.
We can also facilitate training and exercises at your workplace, to give your staff the confidence and knowledge to effectively handle and negotiate emergency situations.
Workplace Emergency Management provides continuing assistance and support in meeting your obligations and requirements under AS 3745:2010, no matter where in Australia you are based.
All training, recommendations and documentation that Workplace Emergency Management produces and implements are developed in line with both the AS 3745:2010 and the WHS Act (2011).
Contact Workplace Emergency Management today for help with meeting your obligations to Australian Standard 3745:2010.