Fire represents one of the most significant risks both to the University's buildings and potentially to those within them. The University undertakes fire risk assessment of all of its properties and has a range of procedures in place to manage fire safety both at a central level and in individual buildings. This includes procedures for routine testing of fire alarm systems, conducting fire drills and for training of staff.
The University has approved a Fire Safety Policy which sets out the arrangements and procedures within the University for the management of fire safety.
Heads of Management Unit are expected to co-operate with these procedures and also to develop and record local arrangements to manage specific fire risk that may arise from the nature of the work undertaken in their Unit. e.g. use of flammable liquids or gases etc. (see DSEAR guidance within "Chemicals" section)
Area Fire Officers and Fire Wardens
Heads of Management Unit are responsible for ensuring that an Area Fire Offiicer (AFO) and one or more Depute Area Fire Offiicers are appointed from amongst their staff for each building in which their unit is located. These appointments will normally be made in consultation with other Units based within the building. In most buildings there will also be a need to appoint Fire Wardens to assist during fire drills and building evacuations. The duties of Area Fire Officers and Fire Wardens are set out within the Fire Safety Policy.
Fire drills should be carried out each Semester and are arranged by the building AFO. ALL occupants MUST evacuate the building during any fire alarm activation whether this is known to be a drill or is an unplanned activation of the alarm system.
Staff Fire SafetyTraining
It is essential that all staff are aware of the action they should take to avoid causing a fire and and to respond correctly should they become involved in an incident. All staff should complete the on-line fires safety training hosted within Moodle at least once every three years. Where a need for supplementary fire safety training is identified, bespoke training can be arranged through SEPS. SEPS also provide formal training for Area Fire Officers and Fire Wardens.
On-line training can be accessed by following the instructions below.
Step 1: Select the most appropriate enrolment key for your unit from the list at the following link Enrolment Keys
Step 2: Click on this link: On-line Fire Safety Training.
Step 3: Log into Moodle with your GUID and password
Step 4: Click "enrol me", and enter the Enrolment Key chosen at Step 1.
Step 5: Select Fire Safety Training course.
Some building maintenance tasks may involve the use of equipment capable of igniting a fire. - Typically this is known a "hot" work. Examples of this include the use of blowlamps, grinders, welding equipment - in essence any equipment that produces heat, sparks or has a naked flame may fall into this category. All Management Units MUST operate suitable procedures to control such work whenever it is carried on outside a controlled environment such as a workshop or laboratory. Further details of the procedures required can be found on our Hot Work page.