Code of Practice for Emergency Evacuation and Fire Safety by g4039193


									University Code of Practice for
Emergency Evacuation and Fire
Safety Management

This central Code of Practice provides the detail for the implementation of the
University’s Policy on Emergency Evacuation and Fire Safety Management.

The Policy and associated Code of Practice ensures the University complies with
specific legal requirements namely the Management of Health and Safety at Work
Regulations 1999, Fire Precautions Act 1971 and the Regulatory Reform (Fire
Safety) Order 2005.

1. Buildings, Maintenance and Modifications works

University employees commissioning material works must contact Facilities
Management before any such work is undertaken.

Where the University’s business is being conducted in a third party’s premises, such
work must be notified to the occupier of the premises.

2. Fire Risk Assessment

Whilst it is the responsibility of the Site Manager of each University premise to ensure
that a competent person undertakes a suitable and sufficient fire risk assessment,
the Health and Safety Unit will co-ordinate the undertaking of assessments and the
actions arising out of the assessment.

This does not replace the need for general risk assessments, which should identify
the potential to cause a fire arising out of normal activities.

3. Maintenance of Fire Detection, Warning, and Equipment

The University through the Facilities Management Department will ensure
appropriate (in accordance with the relevant risk assessment) fire detection, fire
warning, fire-fighting equipment and emergency lighting is provided and installed to
the required standard and ensure the adequate maintenance of all equipment.

4. Arrangements for Inspection and Testing

Facilities Management are responsible for the inspection and testing of fire detection,
fire warning, fire fighting equipment and emergency lighting to the relevant British

5. Information Instruction and Training

The University requires that all employees, students, contractors and visitors
attending University sites receive information and instruction in the action to be taken
in the event of fire.
All Faculties and Departments will provide, in accordance with the University
Induction for New Employees Policy, specific fire safety training to new employees
during the first day of work.

The University will provide training on the type and utilisation of fire fighting
equipment to persons wishing to train in the use of fire fighting equipment.

The University will provide centrally, specific training for designated Fire Wardens.

6. Fire Evacuation Procedures

General procedure

The alarm should be raised (according to local arrangements), by the person(s) who
discovered the fire.

All employees shall evacuate the building via the nearest fire exit and proceed to the
nearest fire assembly point.

Any employee, who has knowledge of disabled persons in refuge areas, should
inform the refuge co-ordinator.

Use of fire fighting equipment

Whilst the University does not encourage persons to fight fires it acknowledges the
benefit of and likelihood of some persons wishing to tackle a fire not involving
personal risk.

It is strongly recommended that those persons attempting to fight a fire are
competent in the use of fire fighting equipment.


The University, in consultation with the local fire authority, will make suitable
arrangements for the safe evacuation of each premise.

6(a). Controlled Fire Evacuation Procedures

Controlled fire evacuations will be co-ordinated centrally by the Health and Safety
Unit, in association with the relevant Site Manager and the Facilities Management

A controlled fire evacuation will be conducted at least once annually in each fire
evacuation zone, records of each evacuation will be maintained.

7. Monitoring and Review

This code of practice and associated policy will be reviewed and revised at least
once every two years.
The requirements of this code of practice and the University’s Emergency Evacuation
and Fire Safety Management policy will form part of the University’s Health and
Safety audit.


Material Works

This will include any work that will breach the building structure or the fabric of the
building, such as:

Joinery work

Plumbing work

Cabling installation

Electrical installation

Building alterations

Building work


This list is not exhaustive, if you need advise contact Facilities Management.

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