For those who do not know what security safety film is let’s just begin with a brief introduction. Security safety films are also called architectural window films or safety film for windows. What this film does is offer protection against vandalism, insures privacy and offers safety against broken glass. These security safety films come in an assortment of textures for residential, and, most security safety films used commercially are either clear or tinted for solar protection. The tinted version also helps to keep the hot air out when air conditioners are being used. Safety films for windows also help to keep the heat in for those who face the cold winter weather.
How important can security safety films prove to be? Very important, and the following example is a perfect reason why you need to have safety film for windows. We had a client contact us because of an injury that took place in one of the buildings. In this building, there was a blind boy who was using a white stick while walking and bumped the glass of the window with the stick. The glass shattered and the boy, unfortunately, received a sever cut to his arm.
Architectural Window Films
The client then called Greg here at Timeframe Group. Not only did the client want this problem taken care of immediately, but Greg also learned of the old age of this building, and that it has over 3,000 windows on the premises that needed to be replaced. Another factor to be added was that the client was on a very tight budget but knew something had to be done. Greg came up with an idea – instead of replacing all of the windows, we could use security safety film on the windows. This approach saved the client $350k and the total bill came to $35k. And the project was in full compliance with the BCA and Safety Guidelines with glass.
As you can well imagine, the client was extremely happy with the total savings for the project. The fact is that many do not think to use the security safety films for safety and savings. Timeframe Group was able to help a client do both and avoid any serious injury in the future.
Due to the high incidence of children drowning in pools in Sydney and throughout Australia, home owners now realize that safety pool fencing is quite a necessity and is required by law.
Swimming Pool Hazards
Statistics show that pool drowning is the third leading cause of death among children under age five in Australia. To prevent any tragic eventualities, a swimming pool has to be fenced completely by Australian law.
“Accidental drowning accounted for 19% of all child injury deaths between 1999 and 2003 (286 children). More than twice as many boys as girls drowned over the period (193 boys, 93 girls).”
Australian Bureau of Statistics
There is a wide range of materials to choose from. Consult with professionals who are familiar in safety pool fencing, to avoid installation problems.
One made out of timber is quite cheap. However timber is more prone to wear and tear, so durability is somewhat of an issue for this kind of material. Any safety pool fence installation should not feature any possible toe-holds that a child can use to swing themselves up and over the fence.
Using bricks for safety pool fence barriers is an expensive alternative but it is also quite durable.
Using Glass for glass pool fencing is a high-end favourite among pool owners in Sydney. It provides more options and gives a classy and modern look to your backyard since it provides fencing without frames.
Some people prefer to use Aluminium because it is durable and attractive. Aluminium fences provide wide safety barriers around the pool.
All of them have to meet the local Sydney authorities’ specifications in terms of height, distance from the pool and the things surrounding the pool that may encourage children to climb over.
They should be quite secure to provide safety and peace of mind however it does not have to be functional in that aspect. You can opt for attractive and stylish designs to add value to your lovely home.
Mr Roberts said in 2011-2012, 39 children aged nine or younger were hospitalised in NSW due to window falls. “The suffering these children and their families have gone through due to a terrible accident is devastating,” Mr Roberts said.
“Window safety devices provide the last line of defence to prevent a serious injury or death. The NSW government’s landmark new laws will help to save lives.”
In March, the NSW government agreed to a range of measures, including an amendment to the Strata Schemes Management Act 1996. This followed a report by The Children’s Hospital at Westmead Working Party for the Prevention of Children Falling from Residential Buildings.
Mr Roberts said that the NSW government will amend strata and residential tenancies legislation to require owners corporations to install safety devices on all windows that pose a safety risk to young children, allow owners to install safety devices regardless of the by-laws of the strata scheme and to include window safety devices in the prescribed condition report for rental premises.
“Owners corporations will be required to install safety devices that allow windows above the ground floor to open to a maximum of 12.5cm when the lock is engaged,” Mr Roberts said. “Residents will still be able to open their windows as they do now, however they will have the security of knowing that when the lock is engaged, children in their care will be protected from a tragic accident.”
Australian Medical Association NSW president, Brian Owler commended the NSW Government’s commitment to protecting children from permanent, debilitating injury or death due to falls from windows.
“This is great news for any parent of young children who lives in an apartment with rooms above the ground floor,” Professor Owler said. “Similar laws were introduced in New York in the 1970′s and this resulted in a 96% decrease in hospitalisations due to falls from windows. “NSW is the first state in Australia to bring in laws of this kind and I hope the other states soon follow suit.”
Owners corporations have been given five years to fit window safety devices, dating back to the release of the NSW government’s Children and Window Safety Consultation Paper on 13 March 2013.
“I am mindful of the necessary procedures owners corporations must follow, however they must have window safety devices installed by 13 March 2018,” Mr Roberts said. “With more than 70,000 strata schemes across the state and an average of five new strata schemes registered each day, this realistic timeframe ensures owners corporations can identify windows that are affected, discuss their approach and schedule the fitting of safety devices.”
Chair of the Owners Corporation Network, Stephen Goddard, said the retro-fitting of safety devices is necessary because many housing strata schemes were built at a time when the community was unaware of the dangers.
“The Owners Corporation Network supports any action the government takes to reverse the threat to life and safety from the amenity in a strata scheme.”
Article Source: http://www.accomnews.com.au/
There are specific guidelines and requirements for electrical testing and tagging processes. All electrical testing and tagging processes must meet the Australian standards for inspection and testing AS/NZS 3760:2010. Results of both Class I and Class II electrical equipment must be stored and kept on file. Having results downloaded and recorded for audit purposes ensures that your company will be in compliance.
The Timeframe Group offers a full range of services for tagging and testing needs to ensure your compliance with legislation for testing and tagging. The full range of services include a holistic approach to assist in compliance and safety obligations. Also offered is reporting and tracking of equipment that has been tested as well as a schedule of testing dates for future compliance. Any tested equipment that was within proper ranges but shows that it could fail soon can be tracked to protect against an incident.
Thermal imaging can sense temperatures where high resistance joints and circuits could overload and cause excessive heat damages or fires. Thermal imaging is effective and efficient with much less downtime than other traditional forms of testing. It is a powerful tool used to detect hot spots and anomalies that could be dangerous or cause a system failure.
Timeframe Group offers their services in NSW and Queensland, using the best testing equipment available: the Seaward Prime Test 300 Portable Appliance Tester, Prime Test 300 testers and PATCHGUARD software. These tools allow us to test, download and record all appliances on site and provide a detailed report for audit and inventory purposes. The tested items are tagged and dated with a barcode. If an appliance fails testing we will consult with the point of contact to implement the best course of action. You will be provided with a detailed asset register report and a latest test result report which includes a detailed report of any failed items. You will be provided all documentation and a compliance certificate with completed logbook.
As a professional testing and tagging company we understand your needs for compliance as well as your concerns of disruption of your site or workplace. Our specialists are trained to perform with the least amount of disruption while testing and tagging is being completed. We will work with your contact person(s) to schedule testing and tagging during the most opportune time for your company.
Rules and regulations regarding pool fences have been changed as of this week.
Pool fencing is still continuing to be a major concern and is suspected to be contributing to the drowning deaths among children under the age of 5 years.
Please be advised that pool laws and legislation varies in different states and territories located in Australia. The following written information here relates to NSW only.
Pool Fencing Laws
Requirements for child-resistant gates and barriers will vary depending on the location of the pool and when the pool was built.
Pools built before 1 August 1990
There is to be no unrestricted access to the pool from the house at any time. Doors and windows are able to form a segment of the barrier but they must be compliant at all times.
Pools Built After 1 August 1990 but Before 1 July 1990
All pools must be fully surrounded by fencing that will separate the house from the pool. There are a few exceptions that do apply to pools on properties that are very small (has to be less than 230 square metres), larger properties of 2 hectares or over and those pools located on waterfront properties.
Pools Built After 1 July 2010
All pools built after this date must be fully surrounded by fencing that separates the house and pool.
Owners with inflatable pools must be sure the fencing complies with all laws.
The Children’s Hospital, located in Westmead, has commissioned a video that covers a wide range of pool safety topics that can be viewed here: www.kidshealth.chw.edu.au/projects.
This video can be found under ‘Drowning Prevention’ on the ‘Swimming Pool Fencing’ page on the hospital website.
Physical Measurements for Pool Fencing
All pools fencing must be in compliance with the following summarization:
The gap at the bottom of the pool fencing may not be more than 10cm from the ground level finished area
The height of the pool fencing must be at a minimum of 1.2m above the finished ground level
There are to be no gaps between any vertical bars I the fencing that are more than 10cm
Horizontal climbable bars have to be at least 90cm apart from each other so that children cannot climb up them
Shrubs, trees, barbeques or any other objects including toys and ladders cannot be within 90cm ‘non climbable zone’. This is put into effect so that a child cannot use any of these objects to climb up and over the fencing.
Doors and Windows that are Child-resistant
A variety of older swimming pools have included windows or doors as part of the standard pool package. These doors and windows are no longer allowed in the building of newer pools.
Doors in Pool Barriers
If there are windows located in the area that forms the pool barrier, they must have a screen that closes the gap to more larger than 12,5cm or a locking device.
If the requirements are not satisfied the owner will then need to install a locking mechanism or security screen. All hardware can be purchased at the local hardware store.
Gate Latching and Closing Devices
It is necessary to be sure the pool gate has the following:
The gate is never to be held or propped open by an object and should always be kept shut
Gate will swing outward away from the pool
Gate will shut automatically from the open position without having to be pushed or forced
Gate will automatically lock on its own
If the gate does not self-lock it should be permanently fastened closed until a new lock can be purchased and installed
Gate and Fencing Maintenance
All fencing screws, bolts and fasteners must be in good working order and tight. All loose parts need to be tightened or replaced.
All self-closing gate locks, latches and hinges should be lubricated with silicone or oil on a regular basis.
Pool manufactures should always provide written documentation on the maintenance of the pool. All documentation on pools and gates should be kept in a safe area so that maintenance can be performed at suggested intervals. The proper maintenance can help prevent many of the common problems associated with pool fencing and gates.