Fire safety measures vary from building to building and aim to ensure the safety of people within a building in the event of a fire. Commercial building owners therefore, must have a comprehensive and accurate understanding of relevant fire safety and building compliance obligations, rules, and legislative requirements.
Considerable amounts of time and effort is spent developing appropriate fire safety standards for building maintenance. The mandated prescriptive standards are linked to local state and national government regulations and requirements. The regulations impose a legal framework on the design and maintenance of these building safety systems. However, this creates challenges as building maintenance tasks remain untracked, cannot be accurately reported on, and fail to be diligently carried out.
Fire Safety Systems: Building Compliance
Building owners’ responsibilities and obligations are clearly articulated in legislation, rules and guidelines. Presently many building owners manually capture building maintenance information in a physical on-site logbook. Building owners are often required to undertake time consuming and laborious processes to manually reconcile the records. This highly inefficient process results in varied interpretations of the rules and regulations.
When building owners extract and analyse their compliance data, they are unable to verify whether the correct contractor attended the site and completed the work. Further, the manual process fails to provide clarity and timely advice on whether building maintenance work was completed up to the required standard. Consequently, building owners face the following significant risks:
- Paying contractors for incomplete work;
- Taking on safety risks for building occupants;
- Being held liable for any consequences of poor maintenance; and
- Unknowingly holding a non-compliant building.
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