EMERGENCY PROCEDURE

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FIRE / SMOKE

Raise the alarm

  1. If safe to do so ensure the immediate safety of anyone within the vicinity of the fire.
  2. Raise the alarm if not already sounding, using a break glass alarm panel or by shouting ‘Fire, Fire, Fire’ if a panel is not available. (The campus alarm system automatically notifies the Fire and Emergency Services and Security who then notifies other emergency personnel. Your local area off main campus may operate differently).
  3. Phone Security (call 6488 2222). Give your name, building, level, room number, type and extent of the fire/smoke and inform your supervisor or Building Warden if safe to do so.
  4. Evacuate the immediate area.

Fire fighting

  1. If safe to do so and if trained in the use of fire equipment – attempt to extinguish the fire.
  2. Choose the correct fire extinguisher. Do not use water or foam on an electrical fire.

Evacuate

  1. Evacuate the building as instructed to do so by a Warden.
  2. Walk quickly and calmly to the assembly area.
  3. Close doors and windows as you exit – do not lock doors. Leave lights on.

DO NOT USE THE LIFTS

  1. Remain in the assembly area in groups until instructed to leave by a Warden or Fire and Emergency Services personnel.
  2. Do not re-enter the building until informed that it is safe to do so by the ECO or Fire and Emergency Services personnel.

MEDICAL EMERGENCY

Medical Emergency – minor

  1. Contact the nearest First Aid Officer within the building.
  2. Send the injured person to Campus Medical Centre if necessary (business hours only).
  3. Inform supervisor.
  4. Complete a confidential incident /injury report form.

Medical Emergency – major

  1. Care for injured person(s) – call for assistance.
  2. Send someone to phone Security (call 2222).
  3. For life threatening emergencies call external 000 then phone Security (6488) 2222.

Provide all information

  • Name;
  • Location (building, level, room number);
  • Nature and type of injury;
  • State of consciousness of the injured person(s);
  • Age and gender of the injured person(s);
  • If possible, the names of the injured person(s); and
  • Any relevant information – breathing/not breathing, chest pains, bleeding.
    1. Ensure the area is clear for emergency personnel.
    2. Inform your supervisor.
    3. Complete a confidential incident/injury report form

Familiarise yourself with the current First Aid Officers and location of first aid kits in your area. This information is also available from your Safety Officer, Safety and Health Representative or Building Warden.

If assaulted

  1. Phone Security (call 6488 2222) and provide details of the assault as soon as possible.
  2. Do not wash, shower, change clothes or clean up in any way until after obtaining medical assistance and talking to the Police. You could destroy vital evidence.
  3. Do not drink alcohol or take tranquilisers or other drugs as you will have to give a clear account of what has happened. Try to remember everything you can about your attacker.
  4. Remember, you are the victim. You have nothing to feel guilty or ashamed about. Police Officers are aware that a person who has been assaulted is likely to be suffering from emotional shock. They will do all they can to make things as easy as possible for you.

EVACUATION

Emergency evacuation

DON’T PANIC

Social Distancing Requirements during the Pandemic

  • When evacuating a building due to fire alarm or otherwise persons should to the best of their capability maintain 1.5m separation during this time.   Remember a smooth consistent flow of persons from a building is more efficient than a crammed rush.
  • Once outside wardens should direct persons at the assembly areas to maintain appropriate distancing.
  • Wardens should also consider alternative assembly areas and divide persons among them to prevent crowding.

If the building contains persons currently under mandatory isolation (student accommodation) due to COVID-19 concerns, these persons must evacuate wearing an appropriate face mask and gloves.   They must remain separate from the primary assembly area and maintain social distancing at all times.

At all times during an emergency follow the instructions of the Building and Area Wardens.

  1. On hearing the evacuation alarm, immediately prepare to leave the building – secure confidential materials and valuables, collect personal belongings, shut down experiments, switch off computers, electrical appliances, equipment and machinery.
  2. If the evacuation alarm sounds, or if instructed to do so by a Warden, leave the building by the nearest and safest exit route. All doors should be closed (but not locked) on leaving.
  3. If possible take hand held personal belongings (such as handbags and briefcases) with you when you leave. Do not return to collect belongings.
  4. Assist any person with a disability to leave the building, or to the nearest fire isolated or firesafe haven for multi-storey buildings. Do not attempt to carry people down stairs. See the People with Specific Needs section.
  5. Walk quickly and calmly to the designated assembly area for your building or as advised by a Warden or Fire and Emergency Services personnel.

DO NOT USE THE LIFTS

  1. Remain at the assembly area (in groups) until instructed to leave by a Warden or Fire and Emergency Services personnel.
  2. Do not re-enter the building until informed that it is safe to do so by a Warden or Fire and Emergency Services personnel. Do not enter a building in alarm.

In the event of an earthquake

  • Take shelter under tables, desks or in doorways.
  • Stay away from windows, shelving and large free-standing furniture.
  • After the earthquake, look for injured persons in your area and assist, provided it is safe to do so.
  • Leave the building as soon as your are able to.

Lecture theatres/laboratories

It is the responsibility of the lecturer/tutor to ensure that their class is evacuated and to maintain control of the students during an emergency until released by the ECO.

Cafes/public theatres/public venues

University staff will arrange for and provide information to patrons during emergency situations and evacuations.

EXTERNAL EMERGENCY

Extreme / Hazardous weather event

Extreme / Hazardous weather event:

  • Take shelter away from windows. And caution others.
  • Monitor BOM weather warnings to see when event may pass.
  • Ensure your supervisor knows where you are and what your immediate safety plan is (including when next to report in).
  • Where Supervisor can’t be contacted notify Head of School and report to Security 6488 2222.
  • For cyclones follow your local cyclone emergency plan, consult with supervisor and ensure your plans are known. Where Supervisor can’t be contacted inform Head of School and UWA security 6488 2222.

Earthquake

In the event of an earthquake:

  • Take shelter under tables, desks or in doorways.
  • Stay away from windows, shelving and large free-standing furniture.
  • After the earthquake, look for injured persons in your area and assist, provided it is safe to do so.
  • Leave the building as soon as you are able to.