First 5 Minutes provides comprehensive compliance solutions for Health and Aged Care facilities, customised to meet the specific requirements of each client, and in full consideration of the special needs and dependencies of each facility’s operations and occupants.

Compliance Solutions
for Health & Aged Care Facilities

Health and Aged Care Facility owners and managers are required to ensure that their facility is fully compliant with fire safety and emergency planning regulations, to provide a high level of life and fire safety for their facility’s staff, patients, residents and visitors.

First 5 Minutes has extensive experience in providing complete fire safety and emergency response solutions specifically fit for purpose for health and aged care facilities, in full compliance with Australian Standards AS 4083-2010: Planning for emergencies - Health care facilities in conjuction with AS 3745-2010: Planning for emergencies in facilities and AS 1851-2012: Routine service of fire protection systems and equipment, the National Construction Code (NCC) / Building Code of Australia (BCA), Workplace Health & Safety (WHS) regulations and legislations enacted in the Commonwealth, States and Territories.

We work closely with you to develop and implement a complete and effective Emergency Management Plan, including site-specific Emergency Response Procedures, which are customised to your facility’s specific structure and operations, in consideration of the varying levels of occupant disability, mobility and dependency.

First 5 Minutes delivers comprehensive Emergency Management and occupant emergency training programs to ensure they are fully prepared to respond to any emergency. Our training will equip your staff with best practice skills for when and how to lock down, or evacuate the facility, according to the type of emergency. To ensure ongoing compliance and emergency preparedness, we provide regular 2 or 3 visit training packages (annually), depending on your specific training requirements. Our training programs can be customised to meet the needs of your staff scheduling and business operations.

Let us manage your compliance solutions. With First 5 Minutes you know your building is fully compliant, maximising life and fire safety for your occupants.

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Our compliance solutions package for Health and Aged Care Facilities includes:

AS 4083-2010: Planning for emergencies - Health care facilities and AS 3745-2010: Planning for emergencies in facilities, require the establishment of an Emergency Planning Committee (EPC). Members of the EPC are responsible for the documentation, implementation and maintenance of the Emergency Management Plan.

First 5 Minutes works closely with your EPC and provides specialist advice and services to assess the effectiveness of the Emergency Management Plan, identify any deficiencies in the performance of the plan, and to implement improvements where needed.

Let us help your EPC achieve and maintain ongoing compliance and maximise life and fire safety at your building.

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To maximise the fire safety and emergency preparedness of a health care facility's occupants, Workplace Health Safety (WHS) regulations and AS 4083-2010: Planning for emergencies - Health care facilities in conjunction with AS 3745-2010: Planning for emergencies in facilities require the development, implementation, practice and regular review of a site-specific Emergency Management Manual (EMM).

The EMM must deal with emergencies that may be likely to happen in health care facilities that are attended by the facility’s staff. The plan must include provisions in dealing with all elements of emergency management, prevention, preparedness, response and recovery and the activation methods for external emergency services.

The EMM must be developed in full compliance to AS 4083-2010 and AS 3745-2010, inspected, maintained and tested at the specified periodic intervals to the requirements of Section 14 of AS 1851-2012: Routine Service of Fire Protection Systems and Equipment.

First 5 Minutes works closely with your Emergency Planning Committee (EPC) to develop and implement an effective EMM, customised to meet the requirements of your facility’s specific structure and operations. We also offer EMM review services, where we can assist your EPC with the periodic inspections, review and testing of your emergency plan.

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Training programs for members of the Emergency Management must be developed, implemented, tested and maintained in accordance with AS 4083-2010: Planning for emergencies - Health care facilities, in conjunction with AS 3745-2010: Planning for emergencies in facilities and Section 14 of AS 1851-2012: Routine service of fire protection systems and equipment.

Health care staff must be provided with trainings, be prepared to attend and deals directly to potential internal and external emergencies that may likely to happen in health care facilities.

Patients, residents and visitors of health care facilities have no or little familiarity with the building layout and would not be aware of the Emergency Response Procedures. Trained staff in emergency response procedures would effectively carry out their assigned task and responsibilities in an event of an emergency that would enhance the life safety of patients, residents and visitors.

First 5 Minutes provides Emergency Management trainings for staff designated as Emergency Coordinator, Emergency Officers and those that may be assigned to carry out additional duties in the event of an emergency in health care facilities. The training is performed in compliance to the requirements of AS 4083-2010 and AS 3745-2010.

All Health and Aged Care Facilities are required to perform a building evacuation exercise at least once every 12 months. All occupants of the facility are required to participate in evacuation exercises in compliance with  AS 4083-2010: Planning for emergencies - Health care facilities and AS 3745-2010: Planning for emergencies in facilities.

The purpose of the evacuation exercise is to test the effectiveness of the written Emergency Management Manual (EMM) and the competency of the Emergency Control Organisation (ECO). First 5 Minutes can assist in the planning and implementation of site specific evacuation exercises in coordination with your facility Emergency Management Plan. We will conduct a briefing/meeting (pre-evacuation exercise) with the Emergency Planning Committee (EPC) and Emergency Control Organisation (ECO) to state the objectives and expected outcomes of the evacuation exercise. The meeting will describe the scenario and procedure of the exercise. We will observe the evacuation exercise, identify any deficiency and recommend ways to improve the Emergency Management Plan and established Emergency Response Procedures. Afterwards, we will hold a detailed debriefing session with members of the ECO so that your wardens have the opportunity to gauge the Emergency Manangement response and to identify any deficiency in the emergency response procedures and its implementation. At the end of the exercise, we will attend the debriefing with the ECO and analyse the recorded events. A report will be made and submitted to the EPC with the observation made and recommended solution to identified deficiencies.

We will also provide your EPC with a comprehensive evacuation exercise report, recording the sequence of events, observations made, identify any deficiency during the performance of the exercise and provide recommendations for improvement.

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Every facility in the health and aged care sectors must have evacuation diagrams developed and displayed. These must be displayed in conspicuous positions on the facility’s emergency evacuation route and orientated to the building’s layout.

The evacuation diagrams are to educate and inform all occupants of the evacuation routes to be used in an emergency and the location of fire equipment that may be required during the emergency, the Assembly Areas and who to call in the event of an emergency. The evacuation diagrams must be in full compliance with AS 4083-2010: Planning for emergencies - Health care facilities and AS 3745-2010: Planning for emergencies in facilities.

First 5 Minutes produces Evacuation Diagrams as part of the developed Emergency Management Plan for the facility.

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In addition to the above compliance solutions package, First 5 Minutes also offers a range of other services, designed to enhance fire and life safety in your facility:

 

Contact us today to discuss how our solutions can help you achieve full compliance for your facility.

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