Health and Safety

Emergency Information

University-level procedures for fire and medical emergencies are set as per the links adjacent.

Information is also included in university induction and fire safety eLearning.

Local emergency procedures in your business unit

Your business unit will provide you with any specific emergency procedures that are relevant to your work/studies. This will be delivered during your induction and/or during training related to the tasks you undertake.

Examples of local procedures

  • action to take when gas detection alarms are triggered
  • action to take in case of serious spillage of hazardous substances.

For further information or if in doubt: contact your Health and Safety Coordinator.


Personal Safety - Dealing with Threatening Situations

These guidelines relate to a violent and/or threatening, or potentially violent and/or threatening, behaviour or situations on University property.

The situations to which these guidelines relate include verbal abuse, threats, and physical attacks.

With over 30,000 students and 5000 staff and numerous daily visitors to the University it is not always easy to either predict or guard against violent or threatening behaviour. It is incumbent on all staff and students to be vigilant and aware of their surroundings and the potential for any situation to become threatening or violent.

Incidents of work-related violence should be reported to the Health and Safety Team via the Incident Reporting system. Very serious incidents are monitored by the Health and Safety Team and reported to the University Health and Safety Committee.

Where the nature of the work activities or environment is such that there is a particular risk of encountering a threatening or violent situation then this should be included in the risk assessment for the activity or area. The Security Office should be consulted for advice on physical and procedural measures, including training, to minimise the risk. The Health and Safety Team can also offer advice. Please also reference the guidance on Lone Working.

Actions to be taken in the event of a threatening or violent situation:

    1. If a situation is likely to become threatening or violent and if possible leave the area, having alerted other staff, students or visitors in the area.
    2. Report any incidents as soon as possible to University Security using the emergency number 8888.
    3. If a situation does become violent and/or threatening if possible do not get involved unless in self-defence or to save life.
    4. Never try to protect property, life is more important.
    5. If the situation warrants phone the Police before University Security.

If you have been affected by a threatening or violent situation you might find it helpful to contact the University Counselling service.


Health and Safety Department

Pharmacy Building (Building 63)
University Park
University of Nottingham
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

Telephone: Telephone: +44 (0)115 9513401
Email: h&