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UNIVERSITY OF LEICESTER

ROBERT KILPATRICK BUILDING

LEICESTER ROYAL INFIRMARY


FIRE/EMERGENCY MANUAL

April 2008



(Reference: Fire Safety, Safety Services Office, August 2000)

Contents:

Emergency contacts

Alarm call points

Emergency exits

Fire


Role of designated members of staff

Advice for building users with disabilities

Helping building users with disabilities

Power cuts

Bomb warnings

Spillage of liquid nitrogen

Accidents/first aid

Appendix 1 – check list for duty officer


EMERGENCY CONTACTS

Calling the emergency services from RKB: Dial 222

Fire, Ambulance, Police
This number will connect with the LRI switchboard.

Provide the operator with details of building, floor, room number and nature of the problem and which services you require.


If, for any reason, there is no response, call the University emergency number and give the same information as above.

University emergency no: Dial 888

External emergency no: Dial 9-999
Calling University Security (24 hours): Dial 2023
Non-emergency out-of-hours contact for security problems (eg failure of swipe card system) and equipment problems (eg alarms activated, floods etc).

Security will arrange for attendance of Estates Department personnel or contact a senior member of departmental staff as appropriate.



Alarm call points
Fire alarm points are mainly situated at each end of the main corridor on each floor, and next to fire exits.
Fire exits
Ground floor

  • Main entrance – press green button on left of doors to exit

  • Side entrance – press and hold white switch to left of door and push door open

  • Lecture theatre - push bar

  • Workshop (room 003A) – glass bolt

  • Lab 011 – glass bolt

  • Rear of foyer – glass bolt


Floor 1

  • Lab 103G - glass bolt


Library

  • Main entrance

  • Rear exit door – push bar

NB: Floor 2 exit via the bridge connection to the Balmoral Building and Floor 3 exit into the Windsor Building are not designated emergency exits and should only be used if other routes are not accessible, or for evacuation of a disabled person.



FIRE
1. On discovering a fire:

  • Sound the fire alarm by breaking the glass on a call-point (red box).

  • These are situated near both stairwells on each floor and at various other locations.

  • Call the fire service - see above

  • Tackle the fire ONLY IF IT IS SAFE TO DO SO

  • Proceed immediately to the assembly point - the covered walkway at the far side of the car park in front of the Sandringham Building.



2. On hearing the fire alarm (continuous sounding):

  • Leave the building by the nearest available exit, using the stairs at each end of the building, but not the lifts.

  • DO NOT stop to collect personal belongings or delay in order to finish your work, although you may isolate potentially hazardous equipment and close windows and doors if you have the time to do so.

  • Check areas along your exit route to ensure that others are leaving the building.

  • DO NOT re-enter the building

  • Proceed immediately to the assembly point - the covered walkway at the far side of the car park in front of the Sandringham Building.

  • DO NOT impede the access of emergency vehicles or personnel by remaining in the RKB or Sandringham car park areas.

  • Check that colleagues in your group/department are present or accounted for.

  • Nobody may re-enter the building until permission is given by a fire warden (identified by yellow tabard) or member of the fire service.



3. Evacuation procedures for people with disabilities
3.1 It is the responsibility of the Head of Department to ensure that if a person with disability is to be in their department, training has been provided in advance to suitable members of staff so they are able to ensure the safety of the disabled person during an emergency.


    1. During such training the following options for means of escape during an evacuation should be considered:

  • 2nd floor exit across the bridge into Balmoral Building

  • 3rd floor exit through the joining door into Sandringham Building

NOTE - neither of these options may be used by able bodied staff during any evacuation unless they are giving aid to a disabled person.
3.3 On each level the lift lobby may be used as a refuge (fire doors afford up to 30 minutes protection). Once there, one person should go immediately to the Senior Fire Officer and inform them of the exact location of the disabled person. A second person should stay in the refuge and move the disabled person onto the landing or stairwell as soon as the stairs are clear, in preparation for evacuation.
3.4 If this route is blocked, go to the opposite end of the building and wait in the corridor until the stairs are clear and then move onto the landing. Again, two people should assist with one leaving immediately to inform the Senior Fire Officer.
3.5 In all cases the disabled person must be asked how they want to be helped and departmental procedures adapted accordingly.

4. Fire extinguishers
4.1 Do NOT attempt to fight a fire unless you are sure there is no risk to yourself and your exit from the building remains clear.
4.2 All floors are equipped with fire extinguishers and fire blankets of sufficient number and type to deal with small fires involving differing risk, eg flammable liquids.
4.3 All staff should make themselves aware of the location and type of fire extinguishers and be familiar with their operation and use. Training in use of fire extinguishers can be arranged through your Laboratory Manager.
4.4 Fire extinguishers are colour coded and the labelling of cylinders is currently being changed to fit with EC Regulations. The old style extinguishers are colour coded as shown below. The new style cylinders are red with a small label of the colour shown below.

4.5 If a fire extinguisher is used, contact the Facilities Officer, Estates Department (5080) as soon as possible to arrange for it to be refilled.




Colour

Contents

Suitability

Black

Carbon Dioxide

Most fires including flammable liquids and electrical equipment.

Not to be used in confined places



Cream

Foam

Fires involving flammable liquids

Red

Water

Most fires EXCEPT flammable liquids or electrical

Blue

Dry Powder

Most fires including flammable liquids and electrical equipment

ROLE OF DESIGNATED MEMBERS OF STAFF

Duty Officer

  • Building Safety Supervisor, Malcolm Rae (ext 3236), would normally act as Duty Officer but the first willing member of staff (preferably a trained fire safety team member) to get to the lobby should take charge and work through the checklist on the wall in the foyer. (see appendix 1)


Porters

  • phone 222 to check that the fire service has been asked to attend

  • phone 888 to ensure that University security is aware of the emergency

  • ensure that both lifts have returned to the ground floor

  • raise barrier to RKB car park to allow entry of emergency services

  • liaise with the Duty Officer to be stationed at the entrances to prevent re-entry. (Do not go back through the building, approach the entrance from outside)


Trained safety team members/volunteers

  • report to Duty Officer in order to assist people with special needs and anyone waiting in a ‘safe zone’ refuge

  • direct staff to the assembly point and move them away from the route of entry by the emergency services

  • report to Duty Officer, to be stationed at entrances to prevent re-entry into building. (Do not go back through the building, approach the entrance from outside)

ground floor: main entrance; side entrance; library

floor 2: bridge to Balmoral Building

floor 3: link to Sandringham Building



ADVICE FOR BUILDING USERS WITH DISABILITIES
Anyone that would have difficulty or be unable to walk down the stairs in the event of a building evacuation should receive these instructions.

They are invited to discuss their needs with the Building Safety Supervisor or Departmental Safety Officer.


Please inform the Building Safety Supervisor of anyone working in your Department that has problems with mobility.
Instructions

  • You may choose to slowly negotiate the stairs with assistance from your colleagues but please allow other people to clear the area before you start your descent.


to impart the following information, then proceed to one of the safe zones. The preferred safety zones are the landings on the stairwell near the lifts.


1. who you are and the nature of your disability
2. where you are - building, floor, room or lab.
3. tell them on which stair landing you are going to wait for assistance

e.g. 2nd floor, staircase adjacent to lift


4. they may offer you advice as they should know the nature and position of the emergency


HELPING BUILDING USERS WITH DISABILITIES
If staff find themselves in the position of wishing to offer help to a person with a disability, the following guidelines may be useful:


  • the person should be asked what is the best way to help




  • visually impaired people can usually be best helped by them taking the helper’s arm. On the stairways, the helper should be slightly ahead so that the visually impaired person can place a hand on their shoulder.




  • People with hearing loss will need to be alerted to the fact that an alarm has sounded.




  • if people with mobility difficulties are to be helped downstairs (do not use the lifts) other people should be allowed to clear the stairs first. Wheelchair users should be accompanied by several volunteer helpers to the landing near the lift on that floor (the farthest from the fire, if known). Wheelchair users are generally best lifted while still in their chair.




  • if people in wheelchairs cannot be moved to complete safety, they should be take progressively to designated areas of comparative safety to await rescue. i.e. beyond a fire door separating them from the seat of the fire.

The preferred safety zones are the landings on the stairwell near the lifts.

POWER CUTS
In the event of a power failure the Robert Kilpatrick Building has an emergency generator which automatically cuts in to power essential services including the ‘maintained supply’ outlets, emergency lighting and the fire alarm system.
The swipe card system has a battery backup that last several hours so the building can remain secure.

Lifts

Anyone trapped in the lift can press the alarm button which connects with the the University switchboard, who will arrange for Estates Department staff or a lift company engineer to attend.



BOMB WARNINGS
In the event of receiving a bomb warning by telephone or otherwise, keep calm, and follow these instructions:


  • Try to find out where the bomb is.




  • Inform the Duty Officer




  • Sound the fire alarm to evacuate the building.

Dial 222 and ask the operator to call the emergency services


If, for any reason, there is no response, call the University emergency number and give the same information as above.
University emergency no: Dial 888

External emergency no: Dial 9-999
The operators are trained to deal with this emergency.


SPILLAGE OF LIQUID NITROGEN IN RKB FOYER

1. Liquid nitrogen storage vessels are filled by the BOC Cryospeed delivery driver and placed in the area between to two sets of front doors for collection by departmental staff.


2. Risk assessments, written protocols and staff training for safe transport of the vessels from the foyer to laboratories are the responsibility of individual departments.
3. In the event of a spillage from one of the vessels while they are stored in the RKB foyer, the duty porter should:

  • ensure that the both sets of front doors are locked open to allow maximum ventilation

  • ensure that area is evacuated and that personnel do not enter the area, enlisting the help of other personnel if necessary

  • request immediate attendance the Building Safety Supervisor or other senior member of staff trained in safe handling of liquid nitrogen.

4. The duty porter must not attempt to move the storage vessels.

Emergency contacts:
Building safety supervisor – Malcolm Rae 3236

Jill Ashmore, CSMM 5888

Jim Strupish, CSMM 3238

Janet Harris, CVS 3186

Julie Chamberlain, CVS 5814

Hash Patel, CVS 3180/5837

Paulene Quinn, CVS 3130

Norman Baker, 3I 3267




ACCIDENTS/ FIRST AID
In case of accidents, contact one of the following members of staff, who are trained in first aid.
All the staff named below hold a current First Aid at Work certificate.

Name Floor Room No. Tel

Sarah Sutton Gr Library 3290

Janet Harris 2 226 3186

Jonathan Barber 2 237 5898

Hash Patel 2 221/222 5837

Leanne Hart 3 326 3234 (Mon/Tue only)

Norman Baker 4 438 3267

Ketan Patel 5 503/506/531 1853/5857/5833

Lucy Onions 6 5163

Jenny McNair Osbourne Bdg level 2 73-7597

If none of them is available summon medical assistance.
To call an ambulance

Dial 222 and ask the operator to call an ambulance.

The address is Robert Kilpatrick Building, Gate 2, Leicester Royal Infirmary


First Aid Priorities until medical help arrives:



  • Make sure the area is safe before you approach the casualty, the conditions that caused the accident may still be present.

  • Clear airway: remove obstructions from the mouth. If patient is not breathing, apply mouth to mouth resuscitation.

  • If patient is bleeding; use gloves provided in First Aid Boxes.

  • Provided that you are confident that there is no foreign body, e.g. glass, in the wound, get the patient himself to apply firm pressure with the fingers to bleeding part: use bandage or any clean substitute.

  • If patient is unconscious, place patient in the recovering position.

  • If patient has fallen, do not move in case bones are broken. Reassure the patient that help is coming. Keep them warm by covering lightly with clothing. Do not give anything by mouth.


First Aid Boxes are situated throughout the building in prominent positions in all laboratories. Each box contains a guidance leaflet giving advice on First Aid.
For all accidents, however slight, a University Accident Report Form must be completed.

APPENDIX 1



Robert Kilpatrick Building Emergency Evacuation

DUTY OFFICER CHECKLIST
If the alarm is sounded:
1. Call or get someone to call 222 to check that the fire service have been asked to attend and 888 to ensure that University security is aware of the emergency
2. Check whether anyone has reported that they are waiting in a ‘safe zone’ refuge for assistance.
3. Check that the lifts have come to the ground floor.
4. Check that the RKB car park barrier has been raised.
5. Ask fire safety team members or senior colleagues as they leave the building to direct staff to the assembly point and move them away from the route of entry by the emergency services
6. Designate a fire safety team member or senior colleague to take charge at the assembly point the covered walkway at the far side of the car park in front of the Sandringham Building.
7. Liaise with the Senior fire officer, inform him that it is not possible to be certain that all occupants have evacuated the building.
8. Communicate to the Fire Officer the presence of anyone waiting in a

‘safe zone’ refuge.

Check by calling 888 at intervals.


9. Station someone at each entrance to prevent re-entry.

ground floor: main entrance; side entrance; library

floor 2: bridge to Balmoral Building

floor 3: link to Sandringham Building


The fire service may wish to turn off the alarm even though a state of emergency still exists, the audible alarm & warning lights above entrances will go off.

(the alarm panel is at the porters reception desk)


10. Stay near the main entrance if it is safe do so, in order to offer assistance to the Senior fire officer & Estates office. It is the responsibility of all staff to know the location of the fire alarms and exits from the building


RKB FIRE SAFETY TEAM



Name

Department


Jane Brown

Biomedical Services

Jill Ashmore

Cancer Studies & Molecular Medicine

Angela Gillies

Cancer Studies & Molecular Medicine

Malcolm Rae

Cancer Studies & Molecular Medicine

Zoe Skidmore

Cancer Studies & Molecular Medicine

Julie Chamberlain

Cardiovascular Sciences

Janet Harris

Cardiovascular Sciences

Hash Patel

Cardiovascular Sciences

Paulene Quinn

Cardiovascular Sciences

Val Thomas

Cardiovascular Sciences

Elizabeth Sourbutts

Clinical Sciences Library

Sarah Whittaker

Clinical Sciences Library




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