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Emergency management

ECU is committed to, and places the highest priority on safe emergency procedures for all workers, students and visitors.

Emergency procedures have been implemented to meet the requirements of Australian Standard AS3745-2010 – Planning for Emergencies in Facilities. All personnel responsible for managing the emergency process are trained in accordance with the relevant standards.

The Campus Support Office on each campus manages the implementation of these practices and procedures. Full and partial evacuations are conducted annually so that ECU complies with current legislation and to ensure that all members of staff are familiar with the procedures in the event of a real emergency.

Campus emergencies

In the event of an emergency on campus, the Chief Warden is responsible for coordinating the initial response until the arrival of professional emergency support agencies. The Manager Campus Facilities is the designated Chief Warden and is supported by the Emergency Response Team, consisting of Building and Area Wardens, Security and Traffic Services and other designated personnel.

During an emergency, please follow the directions of your Building and Area Wardens and members of the Emergency Response Team. Evacuation procedures for each building, indicating where the nearest assembly areas are located, can be found throughout all buildings. Please take some time to find out where one is located in your building.

Preparing for an emergency

Staff, students and visitors should:

  • make themselves aware of these emergency guidelines;
  • be aware of Emergency Evacuation Assembly Zones; and
  • be aware of the most direct means of exiting their current location.

Staff conducting lectures or classes at the time of an emergency are responsible for the evacuation of students under their control – refer to the ECU Emergency Manuals.

In the event of an emergency after normal hours (8.00am-5.00pm) contact Campus Security on 6304 3333 (3333 from internal phones).

Evacuation Procedures

If you discover an emergency:

  • contact Campus Security on 6304 3333 (or 3333 from internal phones);
  • provide details of the emergency including location, your name and the type of emergency; and
  • notify other people in the immediate vicinity, do not shout or cause panic.

Building Evacuations

  • An evacuation will occur when an alarm sounds, or if you are notified by Security or an Emergency Response Team Member. Follow the directions of your Building or Area Warden.
  • Leave by the nearest marked exit and take your immediately accessible valuables;
  • Don't use elevators if there is an emergency.
  • Be aware of any persons with disabilities and notify a member of the Emergency Response Team.
  • Once clear of the building, proceed to the nearest and safest Evacuation Assembly Area.
  • Don't return to the building unless notified to do so by a member of the Emergency Response Team.

Campus Evacuations

In the event of the need to evacuate from your current location on the grounds of your campus, please follow the instructions of Security or a member of the Emergency Response Team.

Mt Lawley Total Campus Evacuation

The following areas have been designated as assembly areas in the event of an emergency incident which requires a total evacuation of the Mt Lawley Campus:

  1. Ron Stone Park located alongside Bradford Street.
  2. Hamer Park or Inglewood Oval located alongside Woodsome Street.

Both of these areas are approved designated Assembly Areas and your Building Wardens will guide you as to which area is to be used depending on the location or type of emergency incident.

Types of emergencies

The following guidelines explain how to deal with different kinds of emergencies

Life threatening emergency

Phone 000 and ask for an Ambulance. Provide the operator with details of your location and the type of emergency. Then contact Campus Security on 6304 3333 (3333 from internal phones) for further assistance.

Non-life threatening and other emergencies

Phone Campus Security on 6304 3333 (or ext. 3333 from internal phones).

First Aid Assistance:

  • Remain calm.
  • Call Campus Security from any University phone (ext. 3333) or pick up any of the security phones located throughout all campuses. If you are calling from a mobile phone dial 6304 3333.
  • If required, call for an ambulance (from an internal phone, dial 0 first for external line then 000.  If calling from a mobile phone, dial 000).  Then call Campus Security to alert them so that they can guide the ambulance.
  • Unless it is unsafe to do so, remain on the scene until Campus Security arrives or an ambulance arrives.
  • Don't move the injured person unless there is danger of further harm.
  • Keep the injured person warm.

Do not exceed your training or knowledge when attempting to render first aid

Fire Emergency

In the event of a fire:

  • Contact Campus Security on 6304 3333 (or ext. 3333 from internal phones) and advise the location of the fire.
  • If possible attempt to extinguish the fire.
  • Be ready to evacuate and follow the instructions of your Building or Area Wardens.
  • In preparation for evacuation close all doors if possible to do so to isolate smoke and fire.
  • If the evacuation siren sounds, evacuate the building in an orderly manner.
  • Switch off office computers if possible and take your valuables with you.
  • Assist anyone in immediate danger if it is safe to do so.
  • Evacuate to a safe nominated Assembly Zone and await further instructions from the Emergency Response Team.
  • Assist any physically impaired persons to the nearest safe location, i.e. inside the designated fire stairwell.
  • Advise Floor/Building Warden once at the assembly area.

Bomb Threat:

  • If you find a suspicious object contact Campus Security on 6304 3333 (or ext. 3333 from internal phones).
  • Be ready to evacuate and follow the instructions of your Building or Area Wardens.
  • Switch off office computers if possible and take your valuables with you.
  • Open all doors and windows if possible to do so.

If you receive a bomb threat telephone call:

  • DON'T HANG UP (even if the caller does); endeavour to obtain as much information as possible about the threat.
  • Follow the Bomb Threat telephone checklist.
  • Raise the alarm by attracting the attention of somebody nearby who should notify Campus Security on 6304 3333 (or ext. 3333 from internal phones).

Chemical Spill

  • Extinguish all sources of ignition that could cause an explosion.
  • Walk away from the immediate area and contact Campus Security on 6304 3333 (or ext. 3333 from internal phones).
  • Evacuate any injured persons to a safe location if it is safe to do so without causing any harm to yourself.
  • If necessary stay with the injured person and if possible wash the affected area of the body with water.
  • Evacuate from the immediate location and stop people from entering into the area.

Gas Leaks or Suspicious Odours

  • Extinguish all sources of ignition.
  • Walk away from the immediate area and contact Campus Security on 6304 3333 (or ext. 3333 from internal phones).
  • Describe the location of the odour and the odour itself.
  • Cordon off and prevent anyone from entering the affected area.

Civil Disturbance

Most campus demonstrations such as marches, meetings, picketing and rallies are peaceful and non-obstructive. A demonstration should not be disrupted unless one or more of the following conditions exists:

  • interference with the normal operations of the University;
  • blocking of access to offices, buildings, or other University facilities; and
  • the threat of physical harm to persons or damage to University facilities or property.

If any of the above conditions exist, immediately notify Campus Security on 6304 3333 (3333 from internal phones). Security will be responsible for contacting the appropriate authorities, if required.

Earthquake

  • Don't evacuate the building unless instructed by the Building Warden, Security or Emergency Personnel (lifts must not be used).
  • Stay away from windows and glassed areas.
  • Shelter under a table or desk or door frame for protection against falling debris.
  • Don't light cigarettes, lighters etc. This can create explosions as there may be flammable fumes from damaged containers or gas mains.
  • If instructed to evacuate stay away from - buildings, power lines, poles and trees while making your way to your designated assembly zone.
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