Health & Safety

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First Response

24 Hour Emergency Response

University Security provides a 24-hour emergency response. If you have called emergency services, please call Security immediately afterwards so that access to the campus can be provided. Security will contact the on-call OHS adviser where OHS advice is required.

  • in a life threatening emergency, dial 000 first
    • from Parkville campus switchboard, dial 0 000
  • on Parkville campus, call Security on (03) 8344 6666 or Freecall 1800 246 066
  • emergency numbers from other locations:
    • Burnley: (03) 8344 6666
    • Creswick:
      • Business hours: (03) 5321 4333
      • After hours: 0425 700 042
    • Dookie: (03) 5833 9200
    • VCA & MCM Southbank:
      • (03) 9035 9311
    • Werribee:
      • (03) 9731 2000

What to do in an emergency

In an emergency call for help first, and take the following actions:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First Aid

  • Names of local first aiders are posted in each building near exits and lifts
  • Security staff (contact details above) are trained in first aid

External Emergency Services

If dialling out from Parkville campus switchboard, you must add a zero (0) before an external number.

  • National emergency number for fire, police or ambulance: 000
    • on mobile phones, dial 112 or 000
    • from Parkville campus switchboard, dial 0 000
  • State Emergency Service (SES) for storm or flooding emergencies: 132 500
    • from Parkville campus switchboard, dial 0 132 500
  • Poisons Information Centre: 131 126
    • from Parkville campus switchboard, dial 0 131 126

Emergency Equipment

Defibrillators

Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) are used to provide first aid to a person experiencing suspected sudden cardiac arrest (heart attack). Training is recommended before using them, but not required. Please follow the instructions packaged with the machine, as well as the standard operating procedure below.

A number of Zoll AED Plus model defibrillators are available around Parkville and Southbank campuses.


Fire Extingishers

Portable fire fighting equipment provides the user with an appliance to attend a small fire during its initial stage. When deciding to attack a fire, always designate another person to raise the alarm and obtain a back-up fire extinguisher. Portable fire extinguishers are provided in all University buildings and vehicles for use by University staff members. Training in the use of these fire extinguishers is available to all staff.

There are several types of fire extinguishers.

Extinguisher Description
Fire Extinguisher - Water

Water

Band colour:

  • Red (that is, no band)

Characteristics:

  • Contains nine litres of water under pressure
  • Discharge period of 60 - 100 seconds

Use for:

  • Combustible solids such as wood, paper, rubbish or textiles

Do not use for:

  • Flammable liquid fires
  • Flammable gas fires
  • Fires involving live electrical equipment
  • Fires involving cooking oils and fats

Other notes:

  • Use in an upright position
Fire Extinguisher - Foam

Foam

Band colour:

  • Blue

Characteristics:

  • Contains nine litres of an aqueous film-forming foam additive
  • Discharge period of 40 - 90 seconds

Use for:

  • Flammable liquid fires such as petrol, oils and paint

Do not use for:

  • Flammable gas fires
  • Fires involving live electrical equipment

Other notes:

  • Use in an upright position
Fire Extinguisher - Carbon Dioxide

Carbon Dioxide

Band colour:

  • Black

Characteristics:

  • Contains carbon dioxide
  • Discharge period depends on the size of the extinguisher

Use for:

  • Fires involving live electrical equipment

Do not use for:

  • Flammable gas fires
  • Fires involving cooking oils and fats

Other notes:

  • Limited usefulness outdoors
  • Best for small fires
Fire Extinguisher - Powder

Dry Chemical - type AB(E) or B(E)

Band colour:

  • White

Characteristics:

  • Contains bicarbonate-based powder
  • Discharge period depends on the size of the extinguisher

Use for:

  • Flammable liquid fires
  • Flammable gas fires
  • Fires involving live electrical equipment
  • Type AB(E) only: combustible solids
  • Type B(E) only: cooking oils and fats

Do not use for:

  • Type AB(E): do not use on oils or fats
  • Type B(E) do not use on combustible solids

Other notes:

  • None
Fire Extinguisher - Wet Chemical

Wet Chemical

Band colour:

  • Oatmeal

Characteristics:

  • Contains liquid alkaline extinguishing agent

Use for:

  • Combustible solids
  • Cooking oils and fats

Do not use for:

  • Flammable liquids
  • Flammable gas
  • Fires involving live electrical equipment

Other notes:

  • Designed for use in kitchens with deep fryers.

BCF (halon) Yellow in colour. These extinguishers have been withdrawn in accordance with environmental guidelines since 1 January 1997. Please return any existing units to Asset Services.

Maintenance and Servicing

The majority of fire extinguishers on all campuses are serviced by a qualified contractor arranged by Asset Services. All requests for servicing or problems with these items should be forwarded to Asset Services. Most fire extinguishers are serviced/checked twice per year as per AS 1851.

Departments are required to arrange the servicing of the fire extinguishers fitted in their vehicles through the current contractor used by Asset Services. It is recommended that servicing be carried out during the inspection visit in October of each year. Departments can obtain confirmation of the onsite inspection dates from Asset Services. The cost of servicing the fire extinguishers installed in motor vehicles will be charged to Departments.


Building Emergency Fittings - Visual Guide

Image Item name and description
Automated external defibrillator

Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs)

Equipment to provide first aid to a person experiencing suspected sudden cardiac arrest (heart attack). Training is recommended before using them, but not required. Please follow the instructions packaged with the machine, as well as the standard operating procedure.

Locations and standard operating procedures for Automated External Defibrillators.

Chief Warden/BEC Equipment Box

Chief Warden/BEC Equipment Box

Some buildings have made their own equipment box to house the response equipment for the Chief Warden such as a first aid kit, megaphone, clipboard and checklists, spare helmets etc. This is an excellent idea and will ensure all the required equipment is at the Warden meeting point for use. If your building has a box like this, please contact your Chief Warden for queries about it.

Emergency BGA

Emergency Break Glass Alarm (Emergency BGA)

If an EWIS is fitted in your building, you may find "Emergency" break glass alarm buttons. These alarm buttons are different to the Fire BGAs because they do not contact the Fire Brigade. The Emergency BGA activates the EWIS to initiate an evacuation of the building.

In some situations you may not need to contact the Fire Brigade but do need to evacuate the building. This is where the Emergency BGA can help. If you cannot find one anywhere in your building on the floors, there will be one on the EWIS itself.

Exit Break Glass Door Release

Exit Break Glass Door Release

Exit Break Glass Door Releases are usually fitted to emergency exit doorways in higher security areas.

Exit Break Glass Door Releases allow the access control on an otherwise secure door to be overridden for emergency egress.

Simply break the break and the door will unlock.

Exit sign

Emergency Exit Signs

Emergency exits are identified by a green illuminated sign bearing the international symbol for exit. These exit signs point to a path out of the building.

In halls and corridors, an exit sign will have an arrow indicating which way people should head to find the emergency exit door or emergency stairs.

Most emergency exit signs have a battery backup system to keep them illuminated after the power has failed. The battery lasts long enough for all building occupants to evacuate safely.

Emergency stairs

Emergency Stairs

During an evacuation building occupants need an escape route that is protected from fire and smoke. In multi-story buildings fire escapes are installed. These escape stairs are more fire and smoke free because of their solid construction and fire rated doors.

The fire escape stairs typically lead to a ground floor exit door. The stairs should be wide with enough room for all building occupants to walk down safely. In some older buildings the fire escape stairs have been added to the building externally. They are usually made from metal. Older wooden ones will be replaced over time.

EWIS Panel

Emergency Warning Intercommunications System (EWIS)

Most multi-storey buildings at the University have an Emergency Warning Intercommunications System (EWIS). It warns occupants of an emergency and advises them to evacuate. It is usually on the ground floor near the Fire Information Panel.

More information about the EWIS.

Fire BGA

Fire Break Glass Alarm (Fire BGA)

Buildings fitted with a "Fire - Break Glass Alarm" allow occupants to activate the fire alarm and alert the fire brigade easily. The red panel on the wall houses a small button that when depressed will contact the Fire Brigade. The Fire Brigade will respond instantly to the building. You should always try to ring University Security to confirm the fire.

The glass, or perspex material is easy to break with your fist, elbow or a pen. Smashing the glass will sometimes activate the button automatically.

Fire door release

Fire Door Release

During an evacuation, fire doors should be closed to prevent fire and smoke movement through the building.

Fire door releases hold doors open during the day for normal use, then release them when the fire alarm system activates.

Press the red button under the release mechanism to release the doors manually.

Door with sign 'Fire safety door: do not obstruct'

"Fire safety door: Do not obstruct" Sign

These doorways are designed to protect building occupants in the case of a fire. They must never be blocked in any circumstances.

Fire Hose Reel

Fire Hose Reels & Fire Hydrants

Canvas fire hoses attached to or adjacent to fire hydrant points are installed only for use by the Fire Brigade. They must not be used by untrained personnel as injury or excess property damage may result.

Fire Indicator Panel

Fire Indicator Panel (FIP)

The FIP is the hub of the fire alarm system in a building. It is usually located on the ground floor near an entrance close to the nearest road. The panel may be located in a cabinet or on a wall. On the panel is a number of lights and buttons. These lights indicate which fire sensor has activated in the building.

The FIP will automatically notify the fire brigade of an alarm when one of its sensors locates a fire. The FIP will usually talk to the EWIS (where installed) and notify the building occupants that they need to evacuate.

First aid kit

First Aid Kits

A kit of equipment for the provision of emergency treatment and life support for people suffering injury or illness in the workplace.

General guidance about first aid and first aid kits is available from First aid.

These kits are purchased and managed individually by local areas. Please contact your local supervisor/manager or your Local Health & Safety contact for queries.

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Hydrocarbon Monitors and Alarms

Hydrocarbon monitors are usually hand-held units that can detect the level of hydrocarbons (which can be dangerous) in the atmosphere. Monitors can be used where there has been a leak or spill of dangerous goods or hazardous substances.

Please contact your laboratory manager for queries about this equipment.

Oxygen monitor

Oxygen Monitors and Alarms

Oxygen monitors are used in areas where an oxygen-deficient atmosphere could occur. Oxygen-deficient atmospheres can occur if hazardous substances or dangerous goods leak in a confined area and deplete the oxygen levels.

An oxygen alarm or monitor will activate when oxygen levels are dangerously low. 

Please contact your laboratory manager for queries about this equipment.

Fire Extinguishers

Portable Fire Extinguishers

Fire extinguishers are portable appliances used to attend a small fire during its initial stage. More information about types of fire extinguishers.

Thermal Detector

Smoke and Thermal Fire Detectors

The detection system in buildings may sense either heat or smoke or a combination of these. Smoke detectors are increasingly being used because of their earlier warning of an emergency situation. Smoke detectors may also be used to activate fire doors to isolate zones in the building.

Fire Sprinkler

Sprinkler and Suppression Systems

Some areas are fitted with automatically activated sprinkler heads. On activation, the sprinklers discharge a fine deluge of water to extinguish/contain a fire.

In some special-risk locations (such as flammable liquids storerooms or computer server rooms), gaseous or foam suppression systems are used to extinguish fire.

Where a suppression system is installed in an area that is normally occupied, you will hear a warning alarm before the discharge of gas or foam into the room. A warning notice telling personnel what to do should be displayed.

Warden Intercom Phone

Warden Intercom Phones (WIP)

The WIP phones are red intercom phones. They are located throughout a building and designed to be used by Wardens or trapped building occupants. The WIP phones are connected to the EWIS and can be used to communicate between floors or zones. You cannot make an outgoing PABX or exchange call using these phones!

More information about WIP phones can be found on the EWIS page.


Health & Safety Contacts

  • The Health & Safety office offers a variety of emergency management training sessions for staff members. More information and session times can be found here
  • If you have an enquiry regarding training, drills, warden equipment, publications and general emergency management matters contact us at: emergency-management@unimelb.edu.au or call x98936
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