WHAT TO DO IN AN EMERGENCY
Police, Fire, Ambulance
Emergencies can occur at any time for a variety of reasons. The first priority is always your safety. Be prepared to respond independently, particularly if working after-hours.
- Standard emergency response
- Emergency lockdown
- Medical emergencies
- Hazardous material incidents
- Gas leaks
- Bomb threats
- Personal threats
- Suspicious behaviour
- Suspicious bag or item
- Active shooter
- Warn anyone in immediate danger
- Contain or manage the situation, if safe to do so
- Raise the alarm by activating a 'Break Glass' alarm
- Evacuate via your closest safe exit
- Call Triple Zero (000) and Security (9351-3333)
All University staff, students and visitors must respond to emergency alarms and follow instructions.
- Check for any sign of immediate danger
- Shut down equipment/processes
- Follow the EXIT signs to evacuate
- Escort visitors and those who require assistance
- Do not use lifts
- Proceed to assembly area
Do not enter a building in alarm, or re-enter an evacuated building until the "all clear" has been given.
You will be notified if an emergency lockdown is required by the Emergency Services, Security or University emergency responders, via building announcements or other mechanisms. These procedures are implemented to ensure building occupants are protected from external threats, e.g. severe storms or civil disturbance.
- Remain calm
- Stay inside the building until instructed otherwise
- Follow instructions
If a person is seriously ill or injured don't hesitate to call Triple Zero (000) and ask for an ambulance.
- Call Triple Zero (000) and ask for an ambulance
- Contact the closest first aider
- If the person is unconscious, send for the closest Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
- Call Security (9351-3333)
- Send people to flag and direct the ambulance on arrival
Hazardous materials include chemicals, biological materials and radioactive substances in all forms. Staff and students working with hazardous materials are required to plan for emergencies including the need to stop work quickly and respond to spills or an uncontrolled release. Refer to the Safety Data Sheet (SDS) for specific hazard information.
General spill procedures
- Control the source of release or contain the spill, if safe to do so
- Evacuate and secure the immediate area
- Determine if local and/or emergency services assistance is required
|If the incident can be managed locally||
|If emergency services assistance is required||
Many of the University's buildings are serviced by natural gas. This natural gas can be detected by odour.
Natural gas will quickly dissipate in naturally ventilated areas and pose a limited risk of fire or explosion. Despite this, avoid the use of mobile phones (potential ignition source) in the immediate area.
Gas leak detected OUTSIDE a building
Gas leak detected INSIDE a building
Bomb threats are usually received via a telephone call. If you receive a bomb threat:
- Try to remain calm
- Do not disconnect the call
- Use the Bomb Threat Checklist to record as much information as possible
- Call Security (9351 3333)
- Notify your supervisor and head of area
The threat will be assessed by University Security and the Police.
The incidence of violence on the University's campuses is generally lower than that experienced in the general community.
Feel threatened or afraid
|Abusive phone call||Aggressive or potentially violent person||
Armed hold-up or intruder
If you witness an aggressive confrontation on campus, call Security (9351- 3333) immediately.
If you see an unattended bag or other item that looks unusual or suspicious
- Do not disturb the item
- Move away
- Call Security (9351-3333)
Security will assess the situation.
- Politely challenge strangers by asking “can I help you?”
- Report suspicious behaviour to Security
Do not challenge anyone acting aggressively and avoid situations where you may be isolated from assistance. If someone responds aggressively to the standard challenge, withdraw from the situation and call Security (9351-3333).
In the unlikely event that someone is shooting a gun or threatening to shoot
- RUN - evacuate the area, if safe to do so
- HIDE - if it is not safe to evacuate, hide in a secure area
- FIGHT - if you need to hide, prepare to take action to defend yourself