The following outlines the duties of Emergency Control Organisation members on noticing or becoming aware of an emergency.
Responsibility for developing and implementing emergency procedures at the University rests with management:
The Emergency Control Organisation facilitates the safe and orderly implementation of the emergency procedures in a building, including the evacuation of the occupants from the building when appropriate. The Emergency Control Organisation is a structured organisation of people employed within a building who take command on the declaration of an emergency, pending the arrival of the fire brigade or other emergency service.
The Emergency Control Organisation comprises and outlines the duties of:
Management should encourage the implementation of an Emergency Control Organisation and emergency evacuation procedures within all workplaces at the University. It is their ultimate responsibility to ensure that:
Members of the Emergency Control Organisation should be mature, responsible, physically capable and have the confidence of building occupants.
During emergencies, instructions from UWA Emergency Control Organisation personnel and fire and rescue services personnel overrule the normal management structure.
For buildings with joint occupancy, all areas shall contribute members to the Emergency Control Organisation in proportions of equivalent full-time staff in occupancy.
A Chief warden on becoming aware of a potential emergency shall determine the nature of the emergency and decide on the appropriate action. If an emergency is declared, the Chief warden shall initiate the emergency procedures including the following actions:
It will be a matter of careful arrangement, for which the Chief warden is responsible, that all areas of the workplace have wardens at all times during normal working hours.
A deputy Chief warden is required to perform the duties of the Chief warden if that person is unavailable during an emergency.
Area wardens are responsible for individual workplaces or areas of a workplace. Area wardens, on becoming aware of an emergency, should implement the emergency procedures for their floor, including:
Evacuation procedures outline tasks required in an emergency.
Area wardens should be appointed for each floor or zone of a building, to control the emergency procedures for that area, generally as directed by the Chief warden. However, area wardens have the authority to evacuate their area if there is any impending danger.
Area wardens must be familiar with:
A deputy area warden should be appointed for each area warden. These deputies assume the responsibilities of the area warden when the latter is absent and otherwise assist as required.
On hearing the alarm, personnel will make contact with the Chief warden and make their way to the building assembly area with equipment to render first aid as required.
Depending on the area, building or otherwise, a specialist may be required in the case of special hazards that may arise in the event of a fire in the area. An example would be a chemist who can assist with the assessment on the effects of certain chemicals in a fire environment.
To assist building occupants and emergency services personnel to identify Emergency Control Organisation personnel during an emergency the Chief warden should wear a white vest with "Chief Warden" and all area wardens should wear red vests with 'Warden' written on them. For information on how to obtain these vests contact UWA Safety and Health on (+61 8) 6488 3938.
All University Chief and area wardens are protected under the terms of the University's Public Liability and Professional Indemnity Insurance policies whilst undertaking their duties. These policies apply to all University staff provided they act within the scope of their duties and training and/or act in good faith. Protection is not provided under these policies for non-University related activities.