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									               College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences

                Institute of Molecular, Cell and Systems Biology

                   Fire, Emergency Procedures and First-Aid

In all instances of emergency, injury or dangerous incident the most important
consideration is human safety.

Serious Accidents and Personal Injury
The Director, Head of Institute and chief technician should be informed immediately
following serious personal injury. To call for fire, police or ambulance dial 4444.
For life-threatening situations, always call emergency services before summoning local

Contacting Emergency Services
   1. Dial 4444 on any University telephone extension. This will reach the Security Staff
      who will send for, and direct, the appropriate emergency services.
   2. When calling on the telephone, give your name, state the precise location of the
      emergency and whether there are any casualties. Ask for the message to be read
      back to avoid confusion. If there are dangerous chemicals or radiation involved, say
   3. Follow the instructions given by the Security Staff.

Fire Evacuation Procedures
   1. When the fire alarm is heard (an electronic continuous sound), all building
       occupants must immediately leave the building by the route most appropriate to
       their location, and proceed to the assembly point, closing any doors behind you if
       you are the last person to leave the area. Gas and plant supply shuts down
       automatically in the event of the alarm being raised. Do not delay your departure by
       collecting personal belongings or 'tidying up' and do not use lifts.
   2. Follow the instructions of security staff and building fire officers to ensure
       roadways are free from obstruction to allow the emergency services access.
       Remain at the assembly point until told by the Senior Fire Officer that you may re-
       enter the building. The Fire Officers are responsible for ensuring the safe evacuation
       of all persons present and be prepared to warn the emergency services of known
       special hazards/obstructions.
   3. Staff in charge of students in lectures, tutorials or laboratories are responsible for
       directing them to the nearest exit.

Raising the fire alarm
   1. If you notice smoke or flames- raise the alarm by operating the nearest Fire Alarm
       activation point (located beside stair and exit points).
   2. Never tackle flames alone, or without first raising the alarm, and ensure you keep a
       clear exit route.
   3. Ensure that you use the correct fire extinguishers: if in doubt, close the door and
       raise the alarm, and then proceed to the nearest assembly point.

   4. Report as much information as you are aware of to the Senior Fire Officer on
      evacuation. Outwith working hours, report directly to the Security Services at the
      Main Gate on University Avenue.

Taking Care of Casualties
   1. Where a casualty cannot be moved, personnel not involved should evacuate the
      room, and ensure that it remains appropriately evacuated and that machinery or
      equipment in the vicinity is rendered safe. They can assist first-aiders or emergency
      staff by contacting the Head of Institute or appropriate delegate and Chief
      Technician, assisting if possible with an accident report form.
   2. Injured or shocked persons should be kept warm and calm. They should not be
      moved unless threatened by immediate danger, and must not be left alone until
      medical help arrives.
   3. All laboratories should have posted a list of current first-aiders. If there is severe
      blood loss, or breathing difficulties call emergency extension 4444 giving details of
      the exact location of the casualty before requesting local help for a first-aider.

Accident and Dangerous Occurrence Report Forms

In the West Medical Building, Davidson building and Wolfson Link building blank forms
can be collected form and promptly returned to Paul Paterson, Chief Technician.
In the Laboratory of Human Anatomy, completed forms should be returned to Mr Andrew
In the Joseph Black building, completed forms should be returned to ?
In the Bower Building, to Craig Carr

First Aiders

See separate notices

Thomson Building (Anatomy):-
Kate Boyd ext 6389

If you would like to become a trained volunteer first-aider in the Department, speak to Paul
Paterson in the first instance.
First aid boxes are currently located in most laboratories, and in each corridor (check
different building arrangements? To discuss with Alison Neill about bulk buying of
supplies to replenish stock).

Information about Contents of First-aid boxes
Each first-aid box should contain a sufficient quantity of suitable materials for its location
and nothing else.

      One guidance card or leaflet.
      20 individually wrapped sterile adhesive dressings (assorted sizes) appropriate to
       the work environment.

      Two sterile eye pads, with attachment.
      Six individually wrapped triangular bandages.
      Six safety pins.
      Six medium sized individually wrapped sterile unmedicated wound dressings
       (approx 10cm x 8cm).
      Two large sterile individually wrapped unmedicated wound dressings (approx 13cm
       x 9cm).
      Three extra large sterile individually wrapped unmedicated wound dressings
       (approx 28cm x 17.5cm).
      Disposable gloves.

Where mains tap water is not readily available for eye irrigation, sterile water or sterile
normal saline (0.9%) in sealed disposable containers should be provided. Only sterile eye
cups should be used for eye irrigation.

Travelling first-aid Kits
These should contain the following items:
Guidance card.
Six individually wrapped sterile adhesive dressings.
One large unmedicated dressing.
Two triangular bandages.
Two safety pins.
Individually wrapped moist cleansing wipes.

Fire Officers in MVLS Buildings
Davidson /Wolfson Link / West Medical Building Complex -
Robert McNab
Deputies: Robert Auld, John Craig, Nicola Devine, Julia Dunlop, Robert Kerr, John
McAbney, Donna McGow, Paul Paterson.

Glasgow Biomedical Research Centre (GBRC) -
Jim Reilly (ext 8420)

Joseph Black Building -
Gordon Campbell (ext 0074)
Alex Burns (Chemistry ext 6550); James Tweedie (Chemistry ext 6585)

Information about Fire Extinguishers
Fire Extinguishers are usually wall-mounted close to activation points. Make sure you
know where your nearest ones are in your own working area, but more importantly, that
you know what kind of extinguisher they are, so that the wrong one is never accidentally
used (with potentially catastrophic results).
There are several types of extinguisher for use on small fires:-
Carbon Dioxide Extinguisher is the only extinguisher to be used in the case of fire caused
by an electrical fault. It produces a high pressure stream of carbon dioxide gas which
should be directed at the base of the fire. The gas depletes the fire of oxygen and also cools

the source of the fire. It is regarded as the general purpose extinguisher for use in the
laboratory but is ineffective against alkali metals.

Dry Powder Extinguisher releases a stream of talcum powder which is used to smother the
fire. It is effective against alkali metal and metal hydride fires.

Sand Bucket or Bag: dry sand is effective in smothering small fires caused by alkali metals
or metal hydrides. Use sand or CO2 gas extinguishers for chemical fires. Common practice
is to have a polythene bag filled with sand beside you when there is a risk of this type of
fire. When the bag is placed on the fire, the plastic melts thus releasing the sand to smother
the fire.

Fire Blanket. This is effective in smothering clothing fires. It is not advisable to throw the
modern fire blankets over a laboratory bench fire as this may help to spread the fire.

Hose Reels are located in corridors for the exclusive use of the Fire Service, and must never
be used if the fire is known to be an alkali metal, metal hydride, an oil bath or electrical


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