Health and Safety

All staff and students are responsible for ensuring that they work in a manner which is safe to themselves and to others, and must comply with the requirements of UCOL, Faculty and programme health and safety policies, procedures, guidelines, codes and standards.


If you come across any health and safety hazard at UCOL report these promptly to your lecturer, or in his/her absence, to any UCOL staff member.

If your class is going on a trip away from UCOL, your lecturer will complete an off-site trip or activity plan and will discuss this with the class prior to the trip.

Fire and Earthquake Emergencies

In the event of fire:

  • Sound the nearest fire alarm
  • Evacuate the building immediately – do not run and do not use the elevator/lift
  • Assemble at the assembly point as advised on the Emergency Evacuation Procedure poster on the wall of each room
  • Do not leave the assembly point or re-enter the building until given the all clear by Fire Services personnel

In the event of an earthquake:

  • Take cover
  • Stay clear of windows
  • Do not go outdoors
  • Evacuate buildings when given the all clear and take all your personal belongings with you

All evacuation procedures are displayed at main entrances on all floors of all buildings. Please familiarise yourself with these routines.

Emergency evacuation routes, fire alarms, fire equipment and electrical switchgear must remain tidy and free from obstacles.

Your lecturers will explain emergency evacuation procedures during orientation. If in doubt – ask.

Evacuation of Mobility Impaired Students

If you have a disability that makes it difficult for you to exit the building in the event of an emergency, please alert your lecturer. They will plan emergency evacuation arrangements with you to suit your situation.


All accidents, fires, ‘near misses’, and instances of known or suspected occupational ill health must be reported using an Incident Report Form. Your lecturer will help you to access and fill in this form. Reported accidents/incidents will be investigated and any necessary remedial measures will be implemented as appropriate.

Accidents/incidents of a serious nature must be immediately reported to a lecturer.

First Aid

In the event of any emergency requiring an ambulance, immediately call 111. Remember to state the precise location and nature of the emergency, then contact your nearest lecturer.​