Human Resources

Fire Safety

The risk of fire is a constant hazard within the workplace.  Fire needs fuel, oxygen and an ignition or heat source in order to start.  Removal of any one of these will cause the fire to go out.  This principle has been applied at the University to identify suitable control measures to ensure that fire is avoided wherever possible and dealt with promptly in the unlikely event that it does occur.  These measures include:

  • Fire prevention

  • Fire protection 

  • Fire fighting

  • Fire evacuation

Fire Fighting

If a fire should occur and you are confident in using fire fighting equipment, you can choose from the following:   

  • Fire Blankets – for use primarily in kitchens

  • Fire Extinguishers 

You must ensure you use the correct extinguisher for the fire:

  • Water (red band) for solids (paper, wood and plastics)

  • Foam (cream band) for solids (paper, wood, plastics) and liquids (petrol, paint)

  • Powder (blue band) for metals (swarf and powder).  Don't use unless you understand the chemical process for the particular type of metal.

  • Wet Chemical (yellow) for fat (cooking oil)

  • CO2 (Black) for electrical fires 

You should never use water based extinguishers on electrical or fat fires and you should not use equipment if you have not been trained or do not feel confident to do so.