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Fire safety

As part of the induction process, all staff and students will be given a brief fire safety introduction (see the Induction section of the Workplace and general safety page). However, it is the responsibility of each individual to be up to date with local fire precautions and procedures.  

Full fire safety guidance can be found on the OHSD site.

1 General advice:

  • Be aware of your nearest break glass points(s)
  • Be aware of the fire escape routes in your area of work
  • Fire Alarms are tested: G.E. Fogg building Tuesdays between 8:30-9:30 am
    Joseph Priestley building Thursdays between 8:30-9:30 am
  • Fire doors must be kept closed
  • Fire exits should never be blocked

2 On the discovery of a fire:

  • Raise the alarm by breaking the glass on the nearest fire alarm point
  • Call the university emergency number 3333 on an internal phone or 020 7882 3333 and report the location of the fire
  • If the fire is small and you feel confident to do so, using the appropriate fire fighting equipment, tackle the fire
  • Make safe any hazardous processes
  • Leave the building via the nearest available fire exit
  • Go to the assembly point

3 What to do if the fire alarm sounds:

  • Immediately leave the building via the nearest and safest exit
  • Do not use the lift
  • Go to the assembly point

4 Fire assembly points:

  1. G.E. Fogg building: West Square (by the Students' Union)
  2. Joseph Priestly building: Library Square
  3. Bancroft: Geography Square

5 Fire marshalls:

The following staff members are designated fire marshals and it is their responsibility to ensure that their areas are cleared of people in the event of the activation of a fire alarm. 

You must listen to their instructions and promptly evacuate the building when told to do so.

  • G.E.Fogg building fire marshalls:
Floor Staff member(s)
Ground Paul Fletcher
1st Gary Evans, Sunita Devi-Paul
2nd Max Docker
3rd Jane Allyot, Sam Court
4th Ruth Rose, Petra Ungerer
5th Phil Howard, Monika Struebig
6th Ian Sanders
  • Joseph Priestley (JP) building fire marshalls:
Floor Staff member(s)
Ground Bob Janes, Yumiko Tashiro,
1st Jalal Hamdan, Jay Paul, Agha Shah, Tippu Sheriff
2nd Ben Milsom (nanoforce), Wei Tu (nanoforce)
3rd Isaac Abrahams
  • Bancroft fire marshall:
Floor Staff member
Ground Majid Motavelli

First aid

  • In a medical emergency dial 3333 on an internal phone or 020 7882 3333. State your exact location and the nature of the emergency.
  • If an ambulance is required dial (9)999.
  • There are first aid boxes located in teaching laboratories and research laboratories throughout the department.

First-aiders can be found at:

G.E. Fogg Building

Joseph Priestly Building

  • 1st floor: Jalal Hamdan

Accident reporting

Below is the accident and incident reporting procedures that need to be followed to enable QMUL to comply with the legal requirements for accident reporting under the Health and Safety at Work Etc. Act, all subordinate legislation and also the Social Security Administration Act 1992. 

It is a summary of the “reporting accidents and incidents guidance note” available through the OHSD.


  1. The School's Safety Co-ordinator ( and your Line Manager/Supervisor should be informed immediately after the accident/incident has occurred to enable full investigation and remedial action to be taken.
  2. The person suffering the accident or observing the near miss should complete a report form as soon as possible. However, in the case of an accident, if the person involved is unable to complete the form themselves, then their manager/colleague/first aider should do so.
  3. Download the accident reporting form [DOC 64KB] or access it on the OHSD website.
  4. The form should be sent to the OHSD office and a copy sent to SBCS health and safety coordinators: (OHSD) (SBCS H&S)
  5. It is vital that major incidents or accidents are reported as quickly as possible so that college safety advisors can conduct an initial investigation
  6. It is a criminal offence not to inform OHSD of reportable accidents and dangerous occurrences as defined in the Reporting of Incidents, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR).

Bomb threats

In the event of a bomb threat and evacuation is thought appropriate, the alarm will sound as for a fire.  

You should go to the appropriate assembly place (outlined in the 'fire safety' advice above) for the building you are in, and await further instructions from the College security staff and the Police.

For further advice on anything covered on this page contact the SBCS Health and Safety coordinator:

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