April 2022, Vol 003, Issue 02
Lote Notes | Fire Safety and Security in Practice
Welcome to the second Lote Notes Newsletter for 2022. As we round the corner into the final quarter of this financial year, we hope that all of you have managed to stay safe with the wet weather, particularly in QLD and NSW, and the challenges of navigating the pandemic.
There are a number of topics we have nominated to cover in this edition of the newsletter including changes to the NSW EP&A Regulation and a discussion on the practical considerations of the NSW Design and Building Practitioners Act and Regulation from a fire safety perspective. The recent introduction of these legislative instruments and the accompanying regulation means that the industry is still finding its feet with regard to the implementation. Both of these articles discuss the implications to the practice of fire engineering with a view that our fellow practitioners will likewise share their experiences, so that industry wide best practices are established, and the impact on project timelines are understood. The consequential need for better coordination and communication within the project design team are matters that project managers can raise early in the project rather than at the last minute when everyone is trying to get their Design Compliance Declarations (DCD) submitted.
Our security team has pitched in with practical and security considerations surrounding the implementation of the D2.22 provision in the Building Code of Australia for fire isolated exits. While this is a provision that is applicable to every building with an effective height above 25m and to all Class 9a healthcare and Class 9c aged care buildings, there is a lot of confusion in the industry as to how this can be implemented and the security risks that need to be balanced against these provisions for re-entry into the building from fire isolated stairs during emergencies. This article explores these considerations and presents a range of risk mitigation strategies.
As part of our regular cybersecurity column, our focus this quarter is on ransomware. Ransomware attacks are becoming increasingly frequent and sophisticated. Our article presents an overview of this cybersecurity risk and some strategies that organisations can employ to reduce their risk exposure and to recover from such an attack.
To round things off our wellness column includes an introduction to the concept of interthinking. In an age of all day back to back Zoom/Microsoft Teams/Google Meet calls, meetings have become major sources of anxiety and are often counterproductive. But this doesn’t have to be the case. If harnessed correctly, meetings can unlock group creativity, the building of ideas and the unlocking of innovation — however, for this to happen we must learn how to interthink.
We look forward to receiving your thoughts and feedback.
Best Wishes & Stay Safe
Dr Maher Magrabi
Lote Consulting | Fire Safety & Security
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Lote's Articles
Practical and Security Implications of BCA D2.22:
Re-entry from fire-isolated exits
By Dr Maher Magrabi
Keywords: Fire Engineering, Fire Safety, Security Risks, BCA D2.22, Fire Isolated Exits
The BCA Deemed-to-Satisfy (DtS) Provisions stipulate that for Class 9a healthcare and 9c aged care buildings, and for all buildings above an effective height of 25m, the doors from fire-isolated exits must not be locked from the inside. This requirement to allow re-entry into the building from the fire isolated exit imposes considerable challenges with regard to security risks, where re-entry from fire isolated exits could allow anyone to enter any space within these buildings once they have entered the fire isolated exit.
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Changes to the Environmental Planning
and Assessment Regulation 2021
By Christopher Koch
Keywords: EP&A(1979), EP&A Regulation 2021, EP&A, Development Certification, Fire Safety
On 1 January 2022 two new regulations were implemented to replace the existing NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 (EP&A Reg 2000) which has been utilised by the building industry for more than 20 years.
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Design and Building Practitioner’s Regulation 2021 – A Fire Safety Perspective
By Srinath Iyengar
Keywords: Regulated Design, Fire Performance Design, Fire Safety Engineering, DBP Act, Design Compliance Declarations, Building Confidence
The proliferation of building defects and issues that owners and owners’ corporations had to deal with culminated in the Shergold Weir Building Confidence Report in 2018, and the subsequent response from the NSW Government led to the Design and Building Practitioners Act 2020. With the introduction of a statutory duty of care, the Design and Building Practitioners Act and Regulation, amongst its other objectives, aims to ensure that suitably qualified designers were signing off on the job.
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Cyber Talk: Ransomware
By Yahya Eid
Keywords: Cybersecurity, Malware, Ransomware, Data, Security
Ransom is an old crime that has taken on a new form in ransomware. The Australian Cyber Security Centre defines ransomware as “a type of malicious software (malware)” that gets onto your device and makes it unusable (ACSC). How it works is not too far off the television and movie depiction of the concept of ransom. On an otherwise uneventful morning, you wake up to see that you have lost access to all your data.
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Lote Wellness Minute: Interthinking – taking meetings to the next level
By Dr Maher Magrabi
Keywords: Interthinking, Productivity, Creativity
A side effect of the pandemic was the mass migration of meetings to online exchanges and the era of back-to-back Zoom, Microsoft Teams or Google Meet calls. Meetings can be time consuming and, in many instances, unproductive and distracting from your core job function. But meetings can be where the magic happens, where creativity is sparked, ideas built upon and outcomes achieved. This is where this concept of interthinking can become a powerful tool for managers to employ.
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In The News
Why electric scooters could catch fire, and how you can avoid that
By The Federal
Lithium-ion batteries can cause problems due to reasons such as poor cell design or manufacturing flaws, poor battery assembly design, or poor support equipment
A parked Ola S1 Pro electric scooter caught fire in Pune, India late last week, raising concerns over the safety of electric vehicles. The company said it has launched an investigation to understand the “root cause”.
“We are aware of an incident in Pune that happened with one of our scooters and are investigating to understand the root cause and will share more updates in the next few days,” Ola Electric said in a statement.
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How CPTED is combining hardware with heart-ware
By Lee Struble 
The early concepts of crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED) were considered in the U.S. in the early 1960s and helped form a new construct for criminologists and architects to work together to create and maintain safer communities. Consistent with this new idea of managing the built environment, architect Oscar Newman set into motion the concept of “defensible space” in the late 1960s. In 1971, building upon the work of Newman, Jane Jacobs, and others, Florida State University criminologist C. Ray Jeffery, originated the term CPTED in his definitive book Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design.
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Denver RTD implementing security measures at Union Station 
A timeline for implementation of enhanced security measures at the Denver Union Station (DUS) bus concourse was outlined by Denver Regional Transportation District (RTD) General Manager and CEO Debra A. Johnson.
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Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design
Roseville, Calif. - Spring has arrived, flowers are in bloom, and now is the time to reduce your risk of being victimized. Utilizing the principles of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED), you can protect your home and decrease opportunities for criminal activity in your neighbourhood.
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Strategic video surveillance creates safer K-12 schools
The school security landscape has dramatically shifted throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Video surveillance remains a critical tool in protecting the K-12 community, with U.S. schools investing over $360 million in physical security equipment in 2020.
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Security tool guarantees privacy in surveillance footage
By Rachel Gordon
“Privid” could help officials gather secure public health data or enable transportation departments to monitor the density and flow of pedestrians, without learning personal information about people.
Surveillance cameras have an identity problem, fueled by an inherent tension between utility and privacy. As these powerful little devices have cropped up seemingly everywhere, the use of machine learning tools has automated video content analysis at a massive scale — but with increasing mass surveillance, there are currently no legally enforceable rules to limit privacy invasions.
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