Emergency response procedures

Steps to take following an incident


  1. Emergency response - Call the emergency services if required. Take prompt emergency action e.g. first aid. Make the area safe.
  2. Preserve the scene, take photographs
  3. Note the names of people involved, witnesses, and equipment involved
  4. Report the incident via IRIS - call the Safety Office in the event of serious incidents

For reasonably foreseeable events that would require an emergency response from the University there is a requirement for departmental plans to be drawn up ready for implementation.

This University policy statement identifies that all departments draw up a contingency plan for dealing with major fire, flooding and any other serious foreseeable emergency.

Essential requirements of these plans are:

  • a copy of the plan should be kept by the fire alarm control panel or incorporated on the fire alarm zone plan
  • a copy of the plan should be sent to the University Security Services for ease of access in an emergency

Required details within these plans include:

  • the location of the main control valves and isolation devices within the building for water, mains gas and electricity
  • the position of dry riser inlets in the building
  • the position of high-voltage equipment (>450 volts) where there is access to exposed conductors
  • details of building key holders
  • identification of any high salvage priorities
  • identification of very high risk areas
  • the position of acetylene cylinders, which pose a special danger to the emergency services in the event of a fire