Incidents and emergencies can occur at any time, they can arise from a number of causes, and can have a significant impact on the University's operations.
These guidelines have been written for reference by the management of the University of Sydney's faculties, schools and departments, and professional services units. Response to incidents, which can be managed relatively quickly using local resources, possibly with the assistance of the Emergency Services. Management of emergencies that usually involve intervention by the Emergency Services and require a greater level of coordination to address the wider implications.
The procedures relating to each level of emergency response are documented in three different plans.Incident Response Plan (IRP)The IRP details the procedures for coordination between Security Services, Building Emergency Control Organisations (ECO) and the attending emergency services, and protocols for escalation to Emergency response.

The EMC meets monthly and provides reports to the Senior Executive Group, the Safety and Risk Management Committee of Senate and the Central OHS Committee.Building Emergency ProceduresLocal Heads of Department are responsible for ensuring that building emergency procedures are implemented in accordance with the performance standards outlined in the Guidelines for Building Emergency Procedures. The IRP will be tested regularly in accordance with the requirements of the Building Emergency Procedures.
The University has developed standard emergency evacuation signage for use in the University owned buildings.
What to look for in an emergency evacuation plan: A floor plan of the relevant area is shown with the emergency egress (exit) paths and emergency exit doors highlighted in green. The top right-hand side explains the alarm tones in the building, the required response to alarm activation and general emergency response procedures when an alarm has not been activated.

In the bottom right hand corner a graphical display of the building's emergency assembly area is shown with reference to the surrounding area.

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