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					                                              Section 2.4: Emergency Evacuation Procedures




EMERGENCY
EVACUATION
PROCEDURES

1.     INTRODUCTION

       The University has developed comprehensive Emergency Evacuation Procedures for
       each of its main campuses as well as Standard Evacuation Plans (SEPs) for disabled
       visitors and ‘casual users’ (see Section 2.8 ‘Emergency Evacuation of Disabled
       People’ in this Handbook).

       In addition the Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans (PEEPS), drawn up in
       compliance with Section 2.8 in this Handbook, will be available to the person
       responsible for coordinating the evacuation with the agreement of the disabled
       person.

       Though the main emphasis is evacuation in the event of a fire being discovered, the
       same procedure would apply for the need for evacuation of any other incident which
       was life threatening i.e. suspected bomb, toxic substances or terrorist activity.


2.     FIRE MARSHALS AND FIRE ASSEMBLY POINT CONTROLLERS

       Appropriate Fire Marshals and Fire Assembly Point Controllers are recruited for each
       area. Names are available from Campus Offices. Their duties are defined as follows:

2.1    FIRE MARSHALS

       The responsibilities of members of staff who undertake Fire Marshall duties are:

       At any time:

       (a)    monitoring their allotted areas to ensure fire hazards or any other hazard that
              could warrant emergency evacuation are eliminated;

       (b)    checking that fire exits are clear and unobstructed;

       (c)    checking that fire doors are closed and not wedged open;

       (d)    ensuring that the occupancy viewing panels in doors, where provided, are not
              obscured;

       (e)    making sure that the fire extinguishers are correctly situated;

       (f)    making sure that staff and particularly new members, are aware of the Fire
              Emergency Evacuation Procedures and the procedures for the Emergency
              Evacuation of Disabled People;

       (g)    ensuring full co-operation in Fire Drills;



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         During an emergency situation:

         (h)    supervising the evacuation of their designated area of responsibility in an
                emergency exiting situation;

         (i)    using the occupancy view panels in doors for speed checking in dangerous
                situations when opening doors could spread smoke, fuel a fire or risk injury to
                individuals on the floor behind doors, and reporting problems with access for
                professional personnel to take rescue action;

         (j)    reporting the status of their area to the designated Assembly Point Controller;

         (k)    reporting back at de-briefing sessions.

2.2      FIRE ASSEMBLY POINT CONTROLLERS

         The responsibilities of members of staff who undertake Fire Assembly Point
         Controllers’ duties are:

         (a)    collecting and disseminating information from Fire Marshals;

         (b)    communication with professional personnel for particular rescue situations.


3.       MAJOR DISASTER PLANS

         The University has a plan to deal with major disasters.


4.       LINKED SECTIONS

         Section 2.3 on ‘Fire Safety’, Section 2.8 on ‘Emergency Evacuation of Disabled
         People’ and Section 4.2 on ‘Visitors to University Premises’ contain other relevant
         information. These are all in this Handbook.




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