Fire Safety and Evacuation of Buildings Regulations 2006

  • revoked
  • Fire Safety and Evacuation of Buildings Regulations 2006: revoked, on 1 July 2018, by regulation 36 of the Fire and Emergency New Zealand (Fire Safety, Evacuation Procedures, and Evacuation Schemes) Regulations 2018 (LI 2018/96).

Schedule 3 Requirements relating to evacuation schemes

r 17(e)–(h)

1 Signs and notices

A sign or notice for the purposes of regulation 17(e) must contain the following information:

(a)

how to raise an alarm of fire:

(b)

what to do if an alarm of fire is raised.

Trial evacuations

2 Building owner must undertake trial evacuations

(1)

The owner of a building to which regulation 17(g) or (h)(i) applies must undertake a trial evacuation of the building’s occupants at intervals of not more than 6 months.

(2)

Despite subclause (1), no person with a disability or person under control or supervision is required to take part in any trial evacuation to the extent that they must go outside the building.

(3)

Not less than 10 days before holding a trial evacuation, the building owner must notify the National Commander, in writing, of the proposed evacuation.

(4)

A notice must specify—

(a)

the name and address of the building; and

(b)

the date and time of the proposed evacuation; and

(c)

the name and contact details of the person responsible for holding the proposed evacuation.

(5)

In subclause (2), person under control or supervision has the same meaning as in section 3(1) of the Corrections Act 2004.

3 Building owner must notify National Commander of result of trial evacuation

(1)

The owner of a building to which regulation 17(g) or (h)(i) applies must notify the National Commander of the result of each trial evacuation of the building—

(a)

in writing; and

(b)

no later than 10 working days after the evacuation.

(2)

A notice must include—

(a)

the name and address of the building; and

(b)

the date and time of the evacuation; and

(c)

the time taken to complete the evacuation; and

(d)

whether any person was injured during the evacuation and, if so, the nature of the injuries that the person or persons sustained.

4 National Commander may require building owner to hold trial evacuation

(1)

The National Commander may, by written notice, require the owner of a building to which regulation 17(g) or (h)(i) applies to hold a trial evacuation for the building at a specified time and on a specified date (being not less than 2 days after notice is given to the building owner).

(2)

The National Commander may act under subclause (1) only if he or she believes, on reasonable grounds, that the evacuation scheme for the building no longer complies with these regulations.

(3)

Clause 3 of this schedule applies to any trial evacuation required under this clause.

Evacuation training programmes

5 Evacuation training programmes

(1)

The owner of a building to which regulation 17(h)(ii) applies must prepare and implement an evacuation training programme that clearly demonstrates how the permanent occupants of the building are capable of managing, in a fire emergency, an evacuation of all the occupants from the building.

(2)

Without limiting subclause (1), an evacuation training programme must include details of how the permanent occupants are trained and assessed (at intervals of not more than 6 months) in relation to—

(a)

the matters referred to in regulation 17(b) and (c); and

(b)

the use of any firefighting equipment in the building; and

(c)

the use of any emergency equipment in the building for assisting occupants who are persons with a disability to evacuate from the building.

(3)

For the purposes of this clause and clause 7, permanent occupant, in relation to a building, means a person who—

(a)

has a place of work in the building; or

(b)

lives in the building.

6 Building owner must notify National Commander of evacuation training programme

(1)

The owner of a building to which regulation 17(h)(ii) applies must notify the National Commander, in writing, of the evacuation training programme for the building.

(2)

The owner of an existing building that does not have an evacuation scheme to which section 21I of the Act applies must give notice under subclause (1)—

(a)

no later than 6 months after the commencement of these regulations; and

(b)

at 6-monthly intervals as from the date on which the first notice is provided under paragraph (a).

(3)

For any other building, the owner of the building must give notice under subclause (1)—

(a)

no later than 30 days after the earlier of—

(i)

the date on which a building code compliance certificate is issued for the building under the Building Act 2004:

(ii)

the date on which the building is first lawfully occupied; and

(b)

at 6-monthly intervals as from the date on which the first notice is provided under paragraph (a).

7 Content of notice

A notice under clause 6(1) must include—

(a)

the name and address of the building; and

(b)

the full name and contact address of the owner of the building; and

(c)

the date the evacuation training programme was prepared or amended (as the case may be); and

(d)

an outline of the content of the programme; and

(e)

the full name and contact telephone number of the person responsible for the training of the permanent occupants; and

(f)

the number of permanent occupants who have completed the programme in the 6-month period concerned and the results of their assessments.

Notification requirements in relation to certain events

8 Building owner must notify National Commander if certain events occur

The owner of a building which has an approved evacuation scheme under section 21C of the Act must notify the National Commander, in writing, if—

(a)

building work is carried out on the building under section 112 or 133AT of the Building Act 2004 resulting in its means of escape from fire being significantly affected:

(b)

the means of escape from fire for the building are required to be altered under section 107 of the Building Act 2004:

(c)

the building’s life is extended under section 116 of the Building Act 2004:

(d)

the occupancy of the building is changed to the extent that its means of escape from fire are no longer adequate:

(e)

the building is no longer required to have an evacuation scheme (for example, the building is demolished or is no longer used for a purpose described in section 21A(1)(a) to (h) of the Act).

Schedule 3 clause 8(a): amended, on 1 July 2017, by section 43(2) of the Building (Earthquake-prone Buildings) Amendment Act 2016 (2016 No 22).