Certain facilities require emergency plans under workplace health and safety regulations. In Tasmania, planning and building laws specifically require bushfire emergency plans be prepared for vulnerable and hazardous uses as part of the approvals process for new use and development.
From a planning perspective, land uses that are considered to be particularly vulnerable or hazardous are expected to have more stringent safeguards in place to help mitigate the greater risks involved with operating in bushfire prone areas. Examples of vulnerable uses include visitor accomodation, aged-care facilities and schools. Hazardous uses include activities that involve the storage of hazardous chemicals or explosives.
A bushfire emergency plan is a document that contains operational procedures to guide occupant behaviour in a way that minimises risk to life and safety. If required to satisfy planning or building requirements, the plan must be approved by the Tasmania Fire Service.
The Tasmania Fire Service has developed Bushfire Emergency Planning Guidelines, available at the link below.