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Earthquake Safety Audit

GNS Science, Government departments and medical facilities use our earthquake safety audits as part of their health and safety programs. 

Multi Hazard Approach

Our multi hazard approach checks your existing earthquake safety preparations and recommend risk mitigation options with cost estimates.  This includes:

  • Seismic restraint solutions to meet NZS-4104 “seismic restraint of building contents” requirements
  • Highlight potential hazards surrounding the building such as Tsunami zones, liquidation, slope failures, flooding, earthquake prone buildings and other manmade hazards
  • Recommends post-earthquake evacuation options based on surrounding hazards
  • Civil defence kit review
  • Staff safety training assessment
  •  Cost $499 plus $149 per additional floor.

HSWA 

Earthquakes are recognised as a workplace hazard. An earthquake safety audit helps demonstrate due diligence for HSWA purposes. The following is an excerpt from the WorkSafe NZ position statement.

"HSWA applies to how you manage hazards arising from objects in and around workplace buildings. These are not covered by the Building Act. We expect you to proactively identify and manage these types of workplace hazards on a regular and ongoing basis. Falling to do so will receive attention from us as the regulator and it could also result in serious harm." 

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True story

Most businesses default to their standard fire evacuation plans following and earthquake. In many cases the identified assembly points are not be appropriate for an earthquake evacuation.

They are often in a Tsunami zone, with overhead hazards from falling glass and concrete. Recently identified hazards include an assembly area under the facade of an earthquake prone/red stickered building.

 

 

A shop front collapsed in the earthquake in Christchurch

Great for a winter fire evacuation – not so great in an earthquake.