Duty of care in fire safety upgrades of existing buildings

Upgrading the fire safety systems in existing buildings is never a straightforward task.

Numerous questions arise with every project, such as how do you determine when an upgrade is required, who determines to what extent, and does it have to comply with contemporary or current codes or standards?

Fire practitioners owe a “duty of care” to their clients and the occupants of their buildings, but to what extent is this satisfied by following regulations?

And how does someone navigate any liability arising from the work they carry out, in the face of potential conflicts with other regulations or poorly defined benchmarks such as “so far as reasonably practicable”?

This presentation will examine how a practitioner can strike a balance and protect their clients and their business.


Dale Spurway-Humphries

Associate - Fire Safety & Fire Services Manager, Lucid Consulting

Dale Spurway-Humphries is a fire safety and fire services consultant with a unique combination of fire system trade experience as well as academic credentials in fire safety engineering and building surveying. Since commencing in the fire industry in 2007 he has undertaken roles as designer / draftsman, Electrician specialising in the installation and maintenance of fire protection systems, fire services and safety engineering consultant specialising in the remediation of existing buildings, and most recently leading the South Australian Fire Project Management division at Lucid Consulting Australia. These varying roles and experiences have provided him with vast insight into industry he so highly regards.