Safety, Health and Wellbeing

Fire and evacuation drills

Our role is to develop and assist in the implementation of the UWA safety, health and wellbeing programs in order to minimise the risk of injury, illness and property damage.

We provide consultancy and other services to promote best practice and legislative compliance in all University and related activities.

Duties of emergency personnel

Evacuation drills are an important part of the staff training associated with emergency evacuation procedures.

Drills, complete with local alarms activated by authorised Faciltiies Management personnel, should be carried out in all buildings at least once a year.

It is the building warden's responsibility to ensure that at least one evacuation drill is conducted for their area every year.

The following points should be noted by the building warden in planning and implementing an evacuation drill:

  • if appropriate, co-ordinate the timing of the drill with the Director or Head of School and the Laboratory Manager of School
  • invite UWA Safety and Health to attend, sound the alarm and assess the evacuation
  • make a special effort to organise the drill when both the Head of School and other senior management are present in the building. The cooperation and active participation of senior management is essential to ensure the wholehearted support of staff
  • If desired, prior warning of the drill, approximate date and time, can be sent to all staff to assist their understanding and cooperation
  • ensure that all staff recognise the alert and evacuation signals and know the relevant procedures, exit routes, and assembly area
  • the building warden should superintend the drill, record the time required to complete the evacuation, and note any problems and deficiencies
  • After each drill a meeting of wardens, UWA Safety and Health and senior management, if available, should be held to evaluate the success of the drill and to solve any problems that may have arisen.