Emergency preparedness and response procedure
To describe the University of Melbourne's methodology for:
The identification and assessment of potential emergencies
The documentation and communication of emergency procedures.
This procedure applies to all staff and students at all of the University of Melbourne's
campuses and each of the University's controlled entities.
Emergency Control Organisation (ECO)
The structured organisation within each occupied building that will initiate an appropriate
response to an emergency situation.
Crisis and Emergency Planning Group (CEPG)
A University of Melbourne committee established for the purpose of developing and
monitoring the implementation of University (Campus) Crisis and Emergency Management
Emergency Response Group (ERG)
A group of managers and support staff who respond during an emergency incident of
Crisis Management Team (CMT)
A group of senior level managers and support staff who respond during a crisis.
Building Emergency Controller (BEC)
A person responsible for coordinating the evacuation of a building and the ECO in their
occupied building. Also known as Chief Warden.
Alternate BEC, assuming this role should the BEC not be present at the time of an emergency
A person responsible for an area or floor of their occupied building, in which they evacuate
all people present.
University Occupied Building
A building that he University of Melbourne owns or leases from another party, in which the
University is the primary (major) occupant.
University Minor Occupant
A building in which the University of Melbourne is a secondary (minor) occupant of the total
building, for example University-occupied areas within hospitals.
4.1 University-Wide Emergency Management
The University must establish and maintain an Emergency Control Organisation based upon
the requirements of AS 3745.
4.2 Crisis and Emergency Planning Group
The University must establish a Crisis and Emergency Planning Group (CEPG) in accordance
with the CEPG Terms of Reference [.pdf].
4.3 Assessment of Potential Emergencies
The Director, OHS and Injury Management the Director, Campus Operations must ensure
that a high level assessment of potential emergencies at the University is conducted and
reviewed annually. This assessment must include consideration of the following:
Rubbish fire, bush fire, electrical fire, oil / fat fire, gas fire.
Heart attack, burns, cuts/lacerations, asthma, poisons.
Flood, chemical spill, power failure, structural instability.
Health & Safety Serious Incident & Dangerous Occurrence.
Gas leak, civil disturbance, vehicle accident, severe storm damage.
Bomb or Substance Threat
Chemical, biological or radiological threat, suspicious package.
Armed or Aggressive Intruder
Building invasion, armed intrusion, assault, act of terrorism.
4.4 Emergency Management Plans & Response Procedures
The Emergency Management Coordinator must develop emergency preparedness and
response procedures for each potential emergency assessed to be significant.
The Emergency Management Coordinator must review emergency preparedness and
response procedures for each potential emergency assessed to be significant:
following a change in the assessment level;
following a emergency management response exercise; or
at least annually.
The Emergency Management Coordinator must provide a draft version of new or altered
Emergency Management Plans to the CEPG for formal review.
The Emergency Management Coordinator must take into account feedback provided by the
members of the CEPG.
Following the formal review and feedback process, the Emergency Management Coordinator
must re-submit reviewed Emergency Management Plan to the CEPG for authorisation by the
Chair of the CEPG.
The Emergency Management Coordinator must advise the CEPG on:
establishing and implementing emergency plans and emergency response procedures;
review of the effectiveness of Evacuation Training Exercises;
the personnel required to implement emergency response procedures.
The Emergency Management Coordinator must establish and implement Building
Emergency Procedures for each of the University of Melbourne's occupied buildings. The
Emergency Management Coordinator must take into consideration all likely occupants of
tenants (where the University is the landlord);
contractors to the University;
visitors to the University.
Staff, students and other occupants must familiarise themselves with Emergency Evacuation
Plans, including allocated emergency response personnel in each building that they occupy.
Staff, students and other occupants must comply with the University of Melbourne's Building
Emergency Procedures including instructions or directions given by BEC's or Emergency
4.5 Building Emergency Control Organisation – University Buildings
The Director, OHS and Injury Management must facilitate the establishment and
maintenance of the Building Emergency Control Organisation in each University-occupied
building. The ECO must consist of:
Building Emergency Controllers
Building Emergency Procedures
Emergency Evacuation Plans
The Head of Department/School with primary (major) occupancy of a University-occupied
building, must ensure that a Building Emergency Controller and Deputy Building Emergency
Controller is appointed for that building.
The Head of Department/School with secondary (minor) occupancy of a University-occupied
building must ensure that Emergency Wardens are appointed for their occupied areas within
The Head of Department/School must ensure that information identifying local emergency
response personnel is displayed in each area that the department/school occupies
Emergency Contacts template [.doc]
4.6 Building Emergency Control Organisation – Non University Buildings
Where the University is a minor occupant in a building, the Head of Department/School must
ensure that occupants under the University’s management and control cooperate and
participate in the established ECO for that building.
Where a building does not have an ECO established or the ECO is deemed inadequate for the
University occupants, the Director, OHS and Injury Management must facilitate the
establishment and maintenance of an ECO within the area of the building that the University
The Emergency Management Coordinator must, in consultation with the BEC, develop and
Building Emergency Procedures;
Emergency Evacuation Plans.
4.7 BEC and Warden Competencies
The Emergency Management Coordinator must develop and maintain training packages that
meet the relevant competencies prescribed by AS 3745 for:
BEC and Deputy BEC
BEC, Deputy BECs and Wardens must be required to successfully complete the relevant
Staff and permanent occupants of University buildings must receive training in building
emergency response through local workplace induction and Evacuation Exercise Drills.
Managers and supervisors must ensure that contact details of local emergency response
personnel are displayed in the building, such that they are visible to all occupants.
4.8 Testing Building Emergency Plans and Procedures
The BEC for each building must ensure that the building occupants participate in a minimum
of one Evacuation Training Exercise (Drill) per year.
The Director, OHS and Injury Management must ensure that building evacuation training
exercises are monitored and recorded centrally.
ECO personnel must participate in Emergency Training Exercises in order to evaluate
The BEC, on becoming aware of an emergency (or activation of a training exercise), must:
Ascertain the nature of the emergency and determine the appropriate action;
Ensure emergency wardens have been notified of the emergency, usually via the
building's emergency alarm system;
Coordinate evacuation and control entry to the affected areas;
Ensure the progress of the evacuation and any action taken is recorded in an incident
Brief the emergency services personnel upon arrival on type, scope and location of the
emergency and the status of the evacuation and, thereafter, act on the incident
Complete an evacuation report, documenting details for the purpose of identifying and
correcting any deficiencies in procedure or its implementation.
The BEC must conduct a review after each emergency evacuation or exercise to identify
improvement to the building evacuation procedures.
The BEC must record the findings of the review on an Evacuation Report and provide a copy
of the Evacuation Report to the Emergency Management Coordinator.
The Emergency Management Coordinator must evaluate all findings of the Evacuation
Report and correct any deficiencies in procedure or its implementation.
4.9 Testing University (Campus) Emergency Plans and Procedures
The Executive Director (Property & Campus Services) must arrange the periodic testing of
the University (Campus) Emergency Plans and associated procedures to ensure their
The Executive Director (Property & Campus Services) must ensure that a debriefing session
is conducted after each exercise (or activation of the ERG) to identify areas for improvements
to the plan or procedures.
The Emergency Management Coordinator must review the Emergency Management Plan
following the debriefing.
Executive Director, Property & Campus Services
Director, OHS and Injury Management
Director, Campus Operations
Director, Asset Services
Head of Department/School
Emergency Management Coordinator
Building Emergency Controllers
Visitors and other occupants
AS 3745: Planning for emergencies in facilities
The University of Melbourne Emergency Management Plan
The University of Melbourne Building Emergency Procedures
The University of Melbourne Emergency Action Guide
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Established by: RMC on 6 March Authorised: Director, OHS and Injury Management
Date: 26 June 2012. Version 2.1
Next Review: 26 June 2015 (c) The University of Melbourne - uncontrolled when