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Essential Safety Measures

Essential safety measures (ESM) are the fire, life safety and health items installed or constructed in a building to ensure adequate levels of fire safety and protection over the life of the building.

Essential safety measures include all traditional building fire services such as sprinklers and mechanical services etc., but also include passive fire safety such as fire doors, fire-rated structures and other building infrastructure items such as paths of travel to exits.

The owners of all commercial and 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.  The maintenance of ESM’s ensure the building, its occupants, adjoining buildings and the public are protected from dangers such as fire or other emergencies. These safety measures are required to be maintained and serviced at regular periods by a licensed tester.

Regulation 224 of the Building Regulations 2018 places the responsibility on the property owner to ensure that the maintenance of essential safety measures required for their property is carried out, and that appropriate records of maintenance, service and repair work are kept.

Further information on Essential Safety Measure's and your responsibilities can be found at the Victorian Building Authority Website including a manual that may assist you with maintaining your building.

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