Health & Safety

Accident reporting

All work-related accidents involving injury or damage to property MUST be reported to the Safety and Environmental Service. This system should also be used to report significant "near-miss" incidents. If possible, serious incidents should be reported by telephone in the first instance: 0141 330 5532 - further details


Dial extension 4444, or (0141) 330 4444 if calling externally, and you will be put in touch with the Security Office. Emergency assistance may be obtained at any time of the day or night.

Tell the Security Office which emergency service you want (Police, Fire or Ambulance) and give the following information:

  • the location from which you are telephoning;
  • the type of emergency and the type of assistance required; and
  • the place where the assistance is required.

Fire Safety

If you find a fire:

  1. Raise the alarm by operating the nearest Fire Alarm Call Point.

If you hear the fire alarm (a continuously sounding siren, or shouts of "FIRE!"):

  1. Get out of the building immediately by the most direct safe route, close doors behind you (but do NOT lock them), and stay out of the building.
  2. Go the designated assembly point. Do not obstruct any building entrances and do not stand on the road as this may cause an obstruction.
  3. Wait for further instructions.  You will be told when it safe to go back in.

The School is equipped with a fully automated fire detection and warning system, which is tested once a week. Full maintenance checks on this system are carried out by contractors on a periodic basis.

The fire detection system is very sensitive and can be easily triggered by steam, dust, tobacco smoke, etc. When triggered, the system automatically puts out a call to the Fire Service. It is important, therefore, that staff take adequate precautions to avoid accidental activation of the alarm.

In the event of the system being triggered, whether because of a genuine emergency or by accident, everyone must leave the building immediately and must not re-enter until the "all-clear" has been given by the senior attending officer from the Fire Brigade.

Fire drills are held twice a year and are arranged by the Fire Safety Coordinator All persons must leave the building when the alarm sounds, even if it is a drill or false alarm. Failure to do so is a disciplinary offence and is also illegal.

Fire Safety Training

All University employees are required to have completed Fire Safety training and are advised to conduct refresher training every 3 years.   The training is available on Moodle (At least 80% must be achieved).

First Aiders

First Aiders in the School are:  

  • Michael Given, ext 6553, Gregory Building
  • Kenny Brophy, ext 4339, Gregory Building
  • Claudia Glatz, Gregory Building
  • Nyree Finlay, ext 6873, Gregory Building
  • Tessa Poller, ext 2991, Gregory Building
  • Iain Banks, ext 2420, Gregory Building
  • Christelle Le Riguer, ext 3538 (Mon to Thurs), Room 204, 1 University Gardens
  • Kirsti-Ann Kerr, ext 4576 (Mon/Tues/Wed), Room 205, 1 University Gardens
  • Jenny Hutcheson, ext 3648, Room 301, 1 University Gardens

If you think the situation is beyond first aid, either call an ambulance via 4444 or transport the casualty directly to hospital.

Staff Counselling

PAM Assist is an external and independent service, based in Glasgow, offered to all staff at the University of Glasgow, who can be contacted on 0800 882 4102. This is a free and confidential service.  Further details

Workspace and ergonomics

The School recognises that the majority of staff use computing equipment extensively. It is therefore important to provide a working environment, facilities and information that permits such activities to be carried on with minimal risk to the health and safety of individuals. The most common type of complaint associated with computer use includes pain in the arms, hands, neck and shoulders (known as work related upper limb disorders - WRULDS) as well as back pain.

How to conduct a workstation self-assessment

The University encourages a self-assessment approach to adjusting your workspace to suit your needs. The following guides will help you with this.

Consult your line manager or safety coordinator should you require help or any further assistance.