Essential Safety Measures

Essential safety measures are all fire safety equipment, safety fittings or safety measures installed in buildings, irrespective of when they were constructed, which are to be properly maintained at all times. 

Adequate maintenance is essential to ensure safety systems will operate reliably in an emergency.

The owners of all commercial/industrial buildings - including boarding houses, hostels, aged and disabled accommodation - must maintain all safety measures contained within that building for the life of the building.

This includes (but is not limited to):

  • Air conditioning systems
  • Exit doors
  • Early warning systems
  • Emergency lifts and lighting
  • Emergency lighting
  • Emergency power supply
  • Emergency warning systems
  • Exit signs
  • Fire control centres
  • Fire curtains and doors
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Fire detectors and alarm system
  • Fire hydrants
  • Fire hose reels
  • Fire isolated stairs
  • Fire rated materials
  • Fire windows
  • Mechanical ventilation
  • Passage ramps
  • Path of travel to exits
  • Smoke detection/alarm systems
  • Smoke control systems
  • Sprinkler systems
  • Any other essential safety measures that the relevant Building Surveyor may nominate on an Occupancy Permit, Certificate of Final Inspection or Essential Safety Measures Determination

Please see attached FAQ for Essential Safety Measures:  

pdf format ESS FAQ (131.08 KB)

Further information
City of Yarra
9205 5555

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