What do you need to include in an Evacuation Diagram?

An overview of Evacuation Diagram requirements as per Australian Standard 3745-2010 follows:

3.5 EVACUATION DIAGRAMS

3.5.1 General
Evacuation diagrams that provide emergency and evacuation information shall be displayed in all facilities in accordance with Clauses 3.5.2, 3.5.3, 3.5.4 and 3.5.5. NOTES: 1 Optional elements of the evacuation diagram are given in Clause 3.5.6. 2 Examples of evacuation diagrams are shown in Appendix E.

3.5.2 Number and location 
Evacuation diagrams shall be displayed in locations where occupants and visitors are able to view the diagrams. The location within the facility and number of evacuation diagrams shall be determined by the EPC.

3.5.3 Position 
The evacuation diagram should be positioned within a zone at a height not less than 1200 mm and not more than 1600 mm above the plane of the finished floor.

3.5.4 Orientation 
Individual evacuation diagrams shall have the correct orientation with regard to the direction of egress and its location to the ‘YOU ARE HERE’ point. Where an assembly area diagram is included, the assembly diagram area shall have the same orientation to the rest of the diagram.

3.5.5 Minimum elements 
The following shall be included in each evacuation diagram: 
(a) A pictorial representation of the floor or area, which shall be at least 200 mm × 150 mm. 
(b) The title ‘EVACUATION DIAGRAM’. 
(c) The ‘YOU ARE HERE’ location. 
(d) The designated exits in the facility, which shall be green. 
(e) The following communications equipment, where installed: 
(i) Warden intercommunication points (WIPs), which shall be red. 
(ii) Manual call points (MCPs), which shall be red and emergency call points (ECPs), which shall be coloured white, or have a black border. 
(iii) Main controls/panels for the occupant warning equipment. 
(f) Hose reels, which shall be red. 
(g) Hydrants, which shall be red. 
(h) Extinguishers, which shall be red with an additional appropriate colour as specified in AS/NZS 1841.1. 
(i) Fire blankets, which shall be coloured red. 
(j) Fire indicator panel (FIP), if provided. 
(k) Refuges, if present. 
(l) Validity date. 
(m) Location of assembly area(s), either stated in words or pictorially represented. 
(n) A legend, which shall reflect the symbols used.

3.5.6 Optional elements 
The following additional information may be considered by the EPC for inclusion on the evacuation diagram: 
(a) Direction of opening of doors on designated exits. 
(b) North. 
(c) First aid stations and kits (denoted by a white cross on a green background). 
(d) Hazardous chemical store. 
(e) Spill response kits. 
(f) Emergency information. NOTE: For example, emergency telephone numbers, emergency response procedures, fire orders etc. 
(g) Warden details. 
(h) Paths of travel, coloured green

4.3 EMERGENCY COLOUR CODES
A standardised colour code for notification, identification and response activation may be used in the emergency response procedures: 
(a) Where colour codes are used for specific emergencies the colours should— 
(i) be as shown in Column 2 of Table 4.1; and 
(ii) approximate those listed in Table 4.1, either from AS 2700, or the colour settings for printing (see Notes 1, 2 and 3). 
(b) For the verbal ‘all clear’ notification, the relevant colour code shall be stated followed by the words ‘ALL CLEAR’. 
NOTES: 1 These colour codes are consistent with those used in AS 4083.

The staff at Emergency Management Services are experts in emergency planning and operational management.  We provide a range of services to ensure your compliance with relevant legislative and industry based standards, including the review and development of Evacuation Diagrams.

All EMS Evacuation Diagrams comply with Australian Standard 3745-2010 with clear and concise information that is easy for occupants to interpret and for the Emergency Control Organisation to manage in the event that an incident occurs.

EMS will engage with your representative to come up with the best approach for Evacuation Diagram plan design and development to fit your business' requirements.  This may include an onsite visit and complimentary consultation regarding overall compliance requirements, if required.

Other services related to Emergency Planning compliance includes:

Further information on the requirements for Evacuation Diagrams can be found within the Australian Standard 3745-2010. An overview of these requirements can be found by following link:

Requirements for Evacuation Diagrams as per Australian Standard 3745-2010

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