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Essential safety measures and safety standards

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The City of Greater Bendigo has a statutory responsibility to ensure that public and commercial buildings meet minimum safety standards.

Essential Safety Measures are the fire, life safety and health systems in buildings.

These include:

  • Fire extinguishers, hose reels and hydrants

  • Sprinkler systems

  • Smoke alarms

  • Mechanical ventilation

  • Fire escape systems including emergency lighting, exit signs, exits and exit doors

Essential Safety Measures (ESMs) are not required for the domestic home.

Your responsibilities as the owner of a commercial building

As a commercial property or building owner, you are responsible to ensure these measures are well maintained and an annual report is produced to demonstrate this maintenance has occurred, regardless of the property being leased or rented by another party.

For buildings constructed after 1 July 1994, you must:

  • Display your Occupancy Permit prominently

  • Maintain Essential Safety Measures as per the Occupancy Permit

  • Make an annual essential safety measures report certifying that the maintenance works have been carried out from the anniversary date of the Occupancy Permit or determination.

For buildings constructed prior to 1 July 1994 you must:

  • Ensure the Essential Safety Measures are maintained

  • Prepare an annual Essential Safety Measures report to certify that the maintenance has been carried out over the preceding 12 months

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