Emergency Evacuation Procedures

Ambulance - Fire - Police - Ring 56666 - 24 hours

Poisons Information Centre - (0) 13 11 26

Prince of Wales Hospital - (0) 9382 2222

Emergency procedures


Upon hearing a continuous alarm (fire alarm bell) or the electronic alarm system directing building occupants to evacuate the building, everyone must leave in an orderly manner by the nearest exit, as detailed below. In the event of an alarm, it should not be assumed that the alarm is being tested or has developed a fault. The electronic alarm has two tones - the first monotone alarm is to get your attention. You will then be given verbal instruction on what actions to take. If directed to evacuate the building, the fluctuating alarm will sound. The Fire Wardens will coordinate evacuation. The Fire Wardens will ensure that all areas of the building have been evacuated.

Specific evacuation instructions

  1. Act on instructions from Fire Wardens.
  2. Leave the Building via the nearest Emergency Exit or as directed by a Fire Warden.
  3. DO NOT stop to collect personal belongings.
  4. DO NOT run, push or overtake
  5. DO NOT use the lifts
  6. Proceed as directed to our Emergency Assembly Point: the Physics Lawn outside OMB, close to Gate 14 on Barker St.
  7. Do not re-enter the building until the Chief Warden has stated that it is safe to do so

Persons with disabilities

During emergencies, designated Floor Wardens will direct able-bodied persons to assist persons with disabilities to leave the building or area in question. It is not expected that people with mobility problems should evacuate a building by staircase during an evacuation drill. However, you are expected to participate in the drill if possible, for example, by using ramps where available or moving to a fire isolated staircase and waiting there for emergency assistance.


If a casualty is found, assess his/her condition and administer appropriate first aid.  Inform First Aid Officers and Security.

First Aid cabinet locations

CSE building (K17): G03 (CSE Student Office), 101 (Level 1 Staff Common Room/Kitchen), 111D (CSE Finance Office), 108 (Level 1 Kitchenette), 215 (Level 2 Kitchenette), 413 (Level 4 Kitchenette), 511 (Level 5 Kitchenette), 616 (Level 6 Kitchenette).

Precautions and procedures 

  • Never work alone in a laboratory after hours without appropriate approval and risk management plan.
  • Do not use equipment for which you are not trained.
  • When the evacuation signal is heard LEAVE THE BUILDING IMMEDIATELY.
  • Always follow the directions of the Emergency Team.
  • Do not re-enter the building before the all-clear has been given.

Emergency phone numbers

  • Ambulance - Fire - Police - Ring 56666 - 24 hours
  • Campus Security - 56666 - 24 hours
  • (Call 9385 6666 if using a mobile phone)
  • Poisons Information Centre - (0) 13 11 26
  • Prince of Wales Hospital - (0) 9382 2222

UNSW Computing emergency contacts

Full list of names and locations of UNSW Computing Emergency contacts.

Other useful numbers

  • HS & Workers Compensation Unit ext 51565 ext 52914 ext 52214 
  • Lifts - Les Brown ext 55033 or Security ext 56000 
  • Radiation ext 52912 ext 51565 
  • Chemical Spills ext 52914 ext 51565 
  • University Health Services ext 55425 

Outside normal working hours

  • Ring ext 56666 

Further detail on emergency procedures

Facilities Management's Emergency web page.