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Building Compliance Must-Haves

Getting Started

Knowing your building, identifying its safety exits, and determining the locations of your emergency assembly points will get you halfway to safety. Remember that your employees will be safer in an emergency if they are educated. Therefore, once you have devised the strategy, you must communicate and signpost it appropriately.

Alva Group would work with you to:

  • Evaluate your emergency preparedness.
  • Develop a plan and procedure in case of an emergency.
  • Implement the plan through awareness and training.
  • Test the emergency preparedness plan and run fire drills.
  • Additionally, we will also help create a committee that is prepared to handle emergencies.

Equipment

Without the proper hiking boots, you wouldn’t attempt a mountain hike, right? Being kitted out with the best equipment to help you tackle the situation in the safest manner is part of being prepared to handle a crisis. To help you efficiently handle your emergency, Alva Group works with you to set up your equipment inventory.

Fire-fighting equipment must be installed in accordance with health and safety guidelines, building regulations, and international best practise, to ensure that it is easy to access during an emergency fire. Extinguishers must be mounted with brackets to a wall such that the bottom of the canister is at least 3 cm off the ground and the carrying handle is no more than 1.5 metres above the ground. Once your extinguishers have been properly installed, don’t forget to display the necessary signage so that everyone in the building is aware of their location.

Fire Exit Doors

Doors that operate with access buzzers are expected to remain locked during a fire since the electrical system will likely be disrupted, which presents an unsettling reality for anyone who may be stuck inside. Because of this, there are technical and regulatory standards for how fire escape doors are installed, how they operate, and how employees are trained to use them.

Remember: Fire escape diagrams must be created in accordance with legal requirements and put in easily accessible spots all over the structure, showing:

  • You are here.
  • Emergency Equipment
  • Escape Routes
  • Emergency Contact Numbers
  • Emergency Assembly Points

The exit doorways are required by law to meet strict standards and must be fitted with:

  • Self-closing device
  • A plate indicating the date that the type of door was fitted.
  • The staircase’s floors must be numbered (and visible from the stairwell).
  • Fire exit doors must have emergency lighting added.
  • Internally lighted signs (at some entrances, per the design of the building)

Lifts (Elevators)

Lifts must be connected to a fire detection and alarm system so that, in the case of a fire, they can be carried directly to the main entrance floor and left there with their doors open. The usage of lifts during a fire should not be permitted, and clear signage should indicate this.

It is important to mention the following regarding industrial lifts:

  • The fireman’s lift is prominently marked on each floor.
  • Lifting of Goods: Ensure that consistent inspections have been conducted by a licenced inspection service provider.

Behind the scenes

Building compliance categories often include aspects that are not immediately apparent. One such instance is the positioning of the urinals in the men’s restrooms. Even though this might not be a daily worry of yours, it relates to employee rights and could work against you in the event of an inspection.

Disabled Parking

The more obvious solutions to making accessibility for disabled people a manageable problem are things like handicapped restrooms and handicapped parking. The distance from the main door, the length and spacing between cars, and the way these parking places are marked all matter when it comes to parking.

Electrical Installations

In the event of an inspection or follow-up about flaws, certificates of the installation should be kept on file for easy access. Keep in mind that all electrical installations must be marked with the proper specifications and cautions.

Climbing Heights

Fixed ladders attached to vertical structures must abide by rules governing their distance from the wall (minimum 150mm), their support around the back, their heights above the ground, and their extension over the highest point of the structure to which they are attached. Make sure your fixed ladders are in compliance with the applicable building bylaws by speaking with us.

Public Security

Public safety also includes how pedestrian crossings are marked off in parking lots and/or at building entrances and exits. This affects safety precautions on accessible roofs as well as changes in levels on balconies, bridges, flat roofs, etc. Accessibility (security) into your premises and all signs in and around your property that convey your safety measures and where safety equipment (fire extinguishers, etc.) is placed are also duties related to public safety. Don’t forget to look at our blog post on emergency preparedness so you can see all of the other procedural details we discussed for handling an emergency at work.

Here’s the really important part.

Avoid becoming overwhelmed with building compliance. Yes, this seems like a lot to follow, but the most crucial thing to keep in mind is that you have a trusted partner in Alva Group. We are familiar with every nuance of the law and its tried-and-true remedies.

Don’t let the onslaught of an emergency overwhelm your organisation if it isn’t prepared.

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