Safety Office

Section 2: Emergencies

Because of the wide variety of work that is carried out in the University and the complex layout of the various buildings it is not possible to produce a set of valid and detailed emergency instructions to cover any situation which may arise. For this reason emergency procedures appropriate to each area must be established and made known. An essential feature is rapid communication stating the location and nature of the emergency. Telephone Services have established procedures for summoning assistance in the specific locations within the University. These can be accessed via the Telephone Services website PDF format. This document is designed to assist the telephone user in a specific location to know which number to call for assistance in the event of an emergency. Many science and engineering Schools will also have their own safety regulations dealing with the more specialised aspects of their work.

These local arrangements may include circumstances requiring full evacuation, partial evacuation or a preparedness to evacuate. Specific high hazard areas may also be identified and supplemented with local arrangements. Certain individuals with specific responsibilities under the emergency procedures will be identified. It is important to know and understand the contents of the local arrangements and how they may affect your work. Such booklets are meant to be a necessary and useful addition to this general code. There is in every building a notice setting out the procedure to be adopted in case of fire. This instruction should be studied and committed to memory.

There are certain points that apply to all emergency situations:

  1. Commit to memory the emergency procedures inside front cover and fire regulations. You will have no time to read them in an emergency.
  2. Remember you are expected to act in the spirit of the instructions. There is no substitute for common sense.
  3. The most important consideration at all times is human safety.
  4. Remember: if you become a casualty someone must rescue you, possibly at personal risk to themselves. So avoid becoming a casualty.
  5. Act quietly and methodically. Do not rush or attempt to pass others when leaving the scene of an accident.
  6. The senior person present should assume control of the situation ensuring safe evacuation from the area of all persons present and be prepared to warn the Emergency Services of known special hazards.   

Safety Office

Pharmacy Building - Lower Ground Floor
University Park
University of Nottingham
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

Telephone: +44 (0)115 951 3401