Health and Safety Policy

It is the policy of Empire College London to take all reasonable steps to secure the health, safety and welfare of all staff and students within the College environment. In addition, the College is committed to taking all reasonable steps to protect any visitors to the College against risks to their health and safety arising out of the working activities of the College. In making this commitment, the College recognizes that it not only has a duty to comply with health and safety legislation but also has a moral responsibility to provide a safe place of work together with safe working systems for all persons within the College premises.

Management Responsibility

The management of Empire College London is responsible for ensuring that this Policy is implemented within all areas and ensuring that staff, students, visitors and contractors under their control are not exposed to unnecessary risks to their health and safety. They must monitor the work place to ensure that safe conditions are maintained. Where risks are identified they must ensure that these are controlled.

Employee Responsibility

All employees have a duty under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 to co-operate with their employer to ensure compliance with the act.

All employees will:

  • Take reasonable care for their own Health and Safety.
  • Consider the Health and Safety of other persons who may be affected by their acts.
  • Refrain from intentionally miss-using or recklessly interfering with anything that has been provided for health and safety reasons.
  • Report any hazardous defects in equipment, or shortcomings in the existing safety arrangements, to the management.
  • Not to undertake any task for which authorization and/or  training has not been given.
  • Be aware of the location of first aid equipment and qualified first aiders.
  • Be aware of the arrangements for evacuating the building.

 

Health and Safety Assistance

Competent persons have been appointed to assist the College in meeting its Health and Safety obligations.

Health & Safety Officer: Mr. Ahmed Ali

First Aider: Mr. Waqas Riaz,  Mr. Ahmed Ali, Ms. Rita Sandhu         

First aid box located at: Reception on the 1st Floor

Fire Marshall:  Mr. Ahmed Ali

Assembly point: Iceland Car park

Emergency Evacuation Procedure

The evacuation procedures are set out below and in particular those instructions to staff which are underlined and in bold. It is vital to the safety of all, that staff and students are aware of their duties and that they carry them out accordingly

The building has a two-tone alarm system which will sound when it is necessary to evacuate the buildings, however it may be necessary at some time to use verbal instructions to evacuate the premises. In the event of an alarm sounding or hearing a fire warning all persons must IMMEDIATELY leave the building by the NEAREST SAFE EXIT.

Members of staff who has a responsibility for students, visitors or members of the public shall ensure that they evacuate the building and assemble at the designated assembly point which is indicated on the “Fire Action notices” placed in each room. In the case of students the member of staff shall take with him/her the class register and, at the assembly point, undertake a roll call.

If any person is unaccounted for he/she shall inform:

  • The fire Marshall
  • The Management of the college
    • DO CLOSE DOORS AND WINDOWS WHERE POSSIBLE
    • DO NOT USE OR ALLOW THE USE OF LIFTS DURING EMERGENCY EVACUATIONS
    • DO NOT STOP TO COLLECT PERSONAL ITEMS

ON LEAVING THE BUILDING YOU MUST ASSEMBLE AT THE DESIGNATED AREA AWAY FROM THE BUILDING

DO NOT RE-ENTER THE BUILDING UNTIL INSTRUCTED TO DO SO BY A FIRE BRIGADE OFFICER OR THE DESIGNATED FIRE MARSHALL.

NOTE: ‘If the alarm sounds stops, this does NOT indicate that it is safe to re-enter the building’

Discovering a Fire

If you discover a fire you should:-

Raise the alarm by either breaking the glass in the nearest fire alarm call point or shouting “FIRE” leave the building by the nearest safe exit.

DO NOT ATTEMPT TO FIGHT A FIRE UNLESS YOU ARE COMPETENT TO DO SO AND IN ANY CASE NEVER FIGHT A FIRE ALONE.

Accidents

If an accident occurs in a class or is reported to a member of staff that member of staff should:-

  • Call a first aider or contact the reception for assistance.
  • Ensure the site of the accident is made safe or persons are kept clear of any danger.
  • Inform the Health and Safety officer of the accident.
  • Note the names of any witnesses and or the position of any relevant objects.
  • Complete the accident report form and forward it to the Health and Safety officer.

 

All accidents or failure of equipment which may be of a hazard must be reported to the health and safety officer

Staff and students who have been injured or involved in an accident must complete the accident report book. If the injured person is unable to complete the form, then it should be completed by another member of staff or the health & safety officer.

Staff is advised not to transport sick or injured students/staff in their own vehicles.

Where an injured or sick person requires transport to hospital but the first aider decides that an ambulance is not justified then transport should be provided by a taxi. The member of staff in charge will ensure that:

The injured person is accompanied to hospital whenever possible, either by a member of staff or another student.

Empire College London operates a no smoking policy within the College grounds.

If you have any queries or wish to raise health and safety issues you should see the management team of Empire College London to take the necessary steps to ensure that the college is a safe environment for all.

Last updated and reviewed: January 2017