Building Code of Australia (BCA) under Part G1, Clause G1.2 ' Refrigerated chambers, strong rooms and vaults' sets out safety criteria for the safe operation of refrigerated chambers (cool rooms / freezers).
While essential safety measures legislation concerning the maintenance of essential safety provisions does not allow for 'directions' to be used to force an existing building to comply with the current BCA, a statutory authority (in most instances, the local council ) can force the owner of an existing building to comply with current regulations usually via a building notice or similar instrument.
With the above in mind, this audit tool has been developed to assist the compliance validation for signoff of the Annual Maintenance Statement (Form 56).
BCA Part G1, Clause G1.2 says:
A refrigerated or Cooling Chamber, Strongroom or Vault which is of sufficient size for a person to enter must have -
Does the door Swing or Slide ?
Does the door have any external locks or fasteners that would prevent the door from being opened from the inside unassisted ?
Can you open the door from the inside easily by level handle or mushroom head push rod ?
Are there other obstructions or apparatus in front of the door that could prevent it being opened ?
In a refrigerated or cooling chamber, does the doorway have a clear width of not less than 600 mm and a clear height not less than 1500 mm ?
Is there a switch located adjacent the entrance of the doorway on the inside of the chamber ?
Are there any other switches controlling the lights from the outside ?
Is the lighting adequate in all areas on the inside of the chamber ?
Is there an "interior lighting" indicator lamp installed on the outside of the chamber ?
Does the external indicator lamp work when the interior light are switched on ?
Does the external indicator lamp have adequate signage to alert people of its purpose ?
(A) located outside but controllable only from within the chamber, strong room or vault, and
(B) able to achieve a sound pressure level outside the chamber, strong room or vault of 90dbA when measured 3 m from the sound device.
Is there an audible alarm located outside the chamber and controlled from inside the chamber ?
Does the alarm work when triggered from inside the chamber ?
What is the decibel reading at a distance of 3 m from the external alarm ? (90dbA minimum). List the actual reading below. A free app is available for smart phones (Decibel 10th) that works well.
Does the external alarm have adequate signage to alert people of its purpose ?
Are all power points, light switches and electrical fittings inside the chamber in a safe condition ?
Are switchboards readily accessible, clearly labeled and lockable?
Is the chamber free of water leaks or ice leakage ?
Is the chamber flooring safe and free from slipping and trip hazards ?
For cool rooms and freezer rooms does the floor have heating elements to prevent icing ?
For cool rooms and freezer rooms does the door seals have heating elements to prevent ice sticking ?
Is the ventilation of the area adequate?
Do any items require maintenance ?
Are locations and names of first aid stations and first aid staff displayed in close proximity to the room ? Suggest near door to CRV.
Is there adequate emergency and directional signage in place to assist users in an emergency ?
As an example, the passenger lift (if there is one) contains a phone direct to security, which might be he closest emergency communication.
- Barry Russell
- Alan Mason
- Troy Finearty
- Mark White
- Mark Vass
- Scott Bennett
- Roger Wallis
- Andrew Southorn
- Greg Chandler
- Mike Bird
- Other Person
if Other Person, then enter name is space below and then select "Sign"