Objectives of Pre-Occupancy Audit are :
- To carry out a critical assessment of health and safety issues for the proposed office buildings prior to occupancy
- To provide technical inputs on integrating safety at design stage for the proposed project.
Scope of Pre-Occupancy Audit is :
- Review the life safety aspects (number of exits, design of emergency exits, escape paths etc. with reference to the occupancy load) of the proposed building
- Review the design of the fire protection system for the building – Fire Hydrant system and Sprinkler system
- Suggestion on the fire extinguishers (numbers and type) to be installed at the proposed building
- Review the passive fire protection measures proposed to be adopted
- Review the design of fire alarm system proposed to be installed
- Study the proposed safety protection system in the electrical circuits
- Review the proposed interior design from fire, electrical and life safety perspective
- Review the proposed security control system and offer additional risk control measures, if required.
- Assess the risks arising from neighboring assets and suggest adequate risk control measures, where required.
- Review the design of the CCTV System from safety perspective.
- Location of fire exits –farthest distance for an employee to reach the fire exit (as per regulation)
Standards / Rules to be adopted :
- National Building Code of India, 2005
- NFPA 101 – Life Safety Code
- Tariff Advisory Committee/ BIS Standards for Fire Protection (IS 2190, 2189, 13039, 15105, 15301, 12469, etc.)
- Indian Electricity Rules 1956 / CEA Safety Regulations, 2010
- IS 1644 (1988): Fire Safety of Buildings for (General): Exit Requirements and Personal Hazard
- IS 12349 (1988): Fire Protection – Safety Signs
- NFPA 70 E & B
- National Electric Code
- Other applicable safety standards (national & international) on Fire & Electrical Safety
- Good management practices
Methodology adopted in carrying out the Safety Audit :
- Pre-Audit Data Request
- Opening Meeting to explain the objective, scope & methodology of the study
- Site Walkthrough
- Site Study
- Discussions with Site Personnel
- Study of Records
- Presentation of Salient Findings at site.
- Submission of Report