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Essential Safety Measures- comply or pay the price

Essential Safety Measures- comply or pay the price

The owner of a building is responsible for its ongoing maintenance and implementation of safety procedures.  This also includes ensuring Essential Safety Measures (ESM’s) program is existing at your building. ESM’s are vital for the life, safety and health of people over a building’s duration and from 2 June 2018, the crack down on ESM noncompliance has resulted in harsher...

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What is The Victorian Cladding taskforce?

What is The Victorian Cladding taskforce?

After disaster strikes, action is always imperative and in the case of the Victorian Docklands fire, the Victorian Government have done just that.  The 2014 fire provoked numerous investigations, including the Metropolitan Fire Brigade’s (MFB) who found that the external aluminium cladding on the building contributed to the fire spread and did not meet compliance with the National...

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Victoria’s Fire Action Week

Victoria’s Fire Action Week

The annual Fire Action Week took place recently from October 13 – 20, 2017 with the aim to promote awareness of fire safety leading into Victoria’s fire season.  One of the CFA’s main goals is to protect the lives and properties of Victorians across the state.  The CFA believes that fire education plays an essential role in decreasing the number of fire related fatality losses. Here are...

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The MFB’s Involvement In Essential Safety Measure Compliance

The MFB’s Involvement In Essential Safety Measure Compliance

Unfortunately, the management of Essential Safety Measure’s (ESM’s) are often found to be lacking or non-existent for many buildings. In some cases, the owner is unaware about their legal obligations to comply with fire safety and protection over the life of the building. The Victorian Building Authority (VBA) can reprimand parties that are not complying with the standard practice of building...

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Interview With An Experienced ESM Inspector

Interview With An Experienced ESM Inspector

We recently had a chat with experienced ESM professional Damien Purcell, a registered Building Inspector, as he walks us through what you need to know with Essential Safety Measures. About Damien: Damien has been carrying out ESM audits and inspections since 2004 and holds a Diploma of Building Surveying as well as a Diploma of Building Construction. He was always interested in fire safety when...

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Essential Safety Measures – Are They Important?

Essential Safety Measures – Are They Important?

It was only months ago the devastating building fire took place in North Kensington (London) taking several lives and leaving many homeless.  Theories as to why the fire escalated so quickly are still being discussed, blaming features such as the cladding and inadequate safety procedures. The cladding had come under serious scrutiny with experts stating a more fire-resistant type could have been...

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