Warning Signs Associated with Lifts - Essential Safety Measures

Building surveyors/ building certifiers across Australia will nominate "warning signs associated with lifts" adjacent to a lift advising against the use of the lift in the event of a fire, as an essential safety measure in the essential safety measures schedule/ determination for ongoing inspection, maintenance and verification in the annual fire safety statements.

Building Code of Australia

The Building Code of Australia nominates in Part E3 Lift Installations warning signs conditions in clause E3.3:.

E3.3 Warning against use of lifts in fire

A warning sign must -

  1. be displayed where it can be readily seen -
    1. near every call button for a passenger lift or group of lifts throughout a building; except
    2. a small lift such as a dumb-waiter or the like that is for the transport of goods only; and
  2. comply with the details and dimensions of Figure E3.3 and consist of -
    1. incised, inlaid or embossed letters on a metal, wood, plastic or similar plate securely and permanently attached to the wall; or
    2. letters incised or inlaid directly into the surface of the material forming the wall.

The following illustration from BCA Illustrated depicts warning signs associated with lifts. (Please note 'Issues and Explanation' of warning signs not included).

Image from BCA Illustrated

The following is a part extract of clause I1.1 for an Essential Safety Measure known as warning signs associated with lifts:

Table I1.1 SAFETY MEASURES - SIGNS

Safety Measure

BCA provisions for determining standard of performance

Signs warning against the use of lifts in the event of a fire

E3.3

 

Essential Safety Measures Audit - Warning Signs Associated with Lifts

During an essential safety measures inspection/ audit, the assessor must confirm that warning signs associated with lifts are in place, adequately mounted, viewable and appropriate records are provided in the building's essential safety measures logbook. Comments on warning signs must be recorded as the controlling essential safety measures authority has the right to request the records (logbooks) to be on site as part of an inspection regime to allow the signing of the Annual Statement, Annual Certificate Compliance, Annual Fire Safety Statement, Annual Maintenance Statement and Annual Occupiers Statement.

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