The University of Tasmania is committed to providing a safe workplace for staff, students and visitors through effective emergency management and preparedness.
What is considered an emergency and how is it managed?
- An emergency is an actual or imminent event that requires an immediate response from either internal or external resources.
- The University has in place specific emergency management plans and emergency procedures for potential incidents to guide the responses of our Emergency Control Organisation (ECO), staff, students and visitors.
- These plans and procedures are underpinned by the following objectives:
- to save lives
- to project property and prevent harm to the environment
- to help restore essential infrastructure
- to help restore academic and administrative functions to business as usual.
- Our emergency preparedness and response processes are reviewed annually by regular evacuation exercises and servicing and testing of emergency facilities and equipment.
- ECO responsibilities are allocated to a wide variety of staff and emergency-related training is provided by the University . All staff are required to complete health and safety training as a condition of employment, and all contractors are required to complete health and safety inductions, making adherence to emergency protocols and drills mandatory.
- We have a number of volunteer Chief Wardens across our campuses. It is their job to confirm with the Emergency Wardens that all affected floors have been evacuated promptly where a building must be evacuated. They also act as a communication point for external emergency services when they arrive at the scene.
- Chief Wardens may coordinate emergency response actions within the building, including initiating an evacuation in circumstances where their local or specialist knowledge is appropriate to the situation.
- We have a wide network of volunteer Emergency Wardens. It is their job to help with the evacuation of a building if it is required. They are identified by wearing red hats during an evacuation.
- If you’re interested in becoming a warden for your building please contact your supervisor in the first instance. You'll need to also complete our online training program.
An incident has just occurred: What should I do?
Our Emergency Procedures outline what you need to do in the event of an incident:
You can download a copy of these Emergency Procedures by clicking the download arrow icon next to the printer icon in the flipping book above.
If you would like a printed hard-copy of our Emergency Procedures, please email Alan.Mason@utas.edu.au.