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Hazardous Waste

Hazardous Waste Policy, Guidance & Waste Store Opening Details 2014 / 2015

General Information:

1. The Hazardous Waste Store is located to the side of the Grove Building and opposite the Vivian Tower main entrance.

2. The Hazardous Waste Form can be obtained from the Safety Office web site via the following link: Hazardous Waste Form

3. Guidance on Hazardous Waste Disposal Procedures are here: http://www.swan.ac.uk/estates/SafetyOffice/PoliciesandProcedures/

4. If you have concerns regarding hazardous waste disposal please get in contact with Ron Knuszka on Ext: 5150 or Graham Jones on Ext: 5163

 Opening Times 2014-15


Mon     1 Sep   1400-1430

Wed     1 Oct   1000-1030

Wed     5 Nov   1400-1430

Thurs   4 Dec   1000-1030


Fri        9 Jan    1000-1030

Mon     2 Feb   1400-1430

Tues     3 Mar  1000-1030

Wed     1 Apr   1400-1430

Thurs   7 May  1000-1030

Fri        5 Jun    1400-1430

Tues     7 Jul     1000-1030


EVAC Chairs

The University has purchased a number of Evac-chairs. These are designed to assist in evacuating those who cannot do so in the statutory time of three minutes.

APECs (Academic & Professional Enhancement Centre) runs regular training sessions for staff who wish to learn how to use this potentially life-saving equipment.  Check APECS web-pages for course details, or contact APECs on ext.5762.

An updated list of the locations of current EVAC Chairs


Fire Alarm Testing

These tests are a statutory requirement.

The following is the campus weekly fire alarm testing schedule.  The times are approximate within 1/2 hour bands, but may vary from week to week depending on the actual conditions at the time of testing e.g. minor faults that have to be dealt with and notifying the telephone exchange.

Fire Alarm Testing Schedule


Fire Drills

The University is legally required to carry out fire evacuation drills on all its buildings on a regular basis. A rolling programme of drills for this academic year will be starting soon. Please note the following:

A fire alarm can be activated in several ways depending upon its design, but whether set off by heat, smoke, accident (dust etc) or human intervention (fire drills and malicious activation), the response of the building occupants must always be the same.


  1. If you discover or suspect a fire then the alarm must be raised by breaking the glass in the nearest fire alarm call point. This will raise the alarm.
  2. Go yourself, or send somebody, to a telephone and phone ext.333, the University emergency number.  Whoever phones should be prepared to give the location of the fire using the correct building name, the floor and, if possible the room number.
  3. If you have received training or feel that the fire is small enoughto deal with, then it can be tackled with the appropriate fire extinguisher (if one extinguisher is not enough then leave it to the Fire Brigade).  However, you must not put yourself at risk at any time.
  4. Whether you choose to fight the fire or not you must leave, closing doors and windows, and proceed to the assembly point designated for the building.


  1. Leave the building immediately, closing all doors and windows.
  2. Proceed to the designated assembly point.


  1. It is good practice to be aware of how many routes of exit are available to you WHEREVER you are
  3. Your most valuable possession is your life

People are frequently seen entering buildings where the alarm has been activated and staff should actively discourage this if they observe it.  When the Fire Brigade arrive they will ask for the alarm to be silenced so that they can communicate with each other by radio.  The silencing of the alarm is not a sign that you can re-enter the building.

The University is required to have designated fire wardens to assist with building clearance but these people may not be present at the time of alarm activation.  All staff have a duty 'to take reasonable care for the health and safety of themselves and other persons' and therefore must assist in the evacuation of the building, without putting themselves at risk.  Students and visitors must be appraised of the situation and encouraged to leave.

If you have any information about people in difficulties you must tell the Fire Brigade as soon as they arrive.  This information is summarised on fire action notices wich are placed by every call point, these notices also display the designated assembly point.


Emergency Phone Number

The University's emergency telephone number is ext.333

This number is used for all emergencies on University property.  During the day (09.00am-17.30pm) it is answered by the switchboard who will contact the emergency services, connect you to them, and monitor your call and assist if necessary.  At all other times the call will be answered by the porters or night security in Fulton House who will contact the emergency service that you require.


When you use ext.333 be prepared to supply as much concise information about your location and the type of emergency e.g. Fire, building name, floor and room number, as you can.

Mobile Phones

When ext.333 is used whoever answers the phone will also carry out other duties e.g. phoning the main gate in order that staff there can direct the emergency vehicle to the correct location etc.  Using a mobile phone to phone 999 means that the University is not alerted and these other calls are not made, therefore mobile use should be confined to those areas where an ordinary phone is not accessible e.g. the lower car parks.  Should a mobile phone be used on University property because an ordinary phone is unavailable, the University must then be contacted by phoning +44 (0)1792 205678 as soon as possible.