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2017 Issue 1

This issue has a focus on emergency management processes and procedures.
In this issue:

Campus Thermal Comfort Strategy Update

Consultation has occurred with faculties and divisions, WH&S and representatives from CTA spaces to summarise the issues and identify key priority areas for consideration for air conditioning and non-air-conditioning (passive treatments). 
Provision has been made under the Capital Management Plan for ongoing priority retrofitting and treatment.
Priority areas have been analysed against the university strategic priorities, UOW Master Plan and WH&S concerns.
Concept estimates have been developed to retrofit or enhance HVAC systems to improve thermal comfort in these areas.
A programme of works is currently being developed and will be published and periodically updated on the WHS and FMD websites.
We are also working to identify any disadvantaged groups that may be unlikely to receive any short to medium term improvement (as their building may be noted for immanent replacement) and investigate low cost comfort cooling strategies for these groups.
Thermal comfort can also be augmented via behavioural actions in line with UOW Thermal Comfort Guidelines:

  • Dressing appropriately for the conditions
  • Rescheduling work or particular tasks to cooler times of the day
  • Using fans and opening doors, windows and vents where practical
  • Alternate working arrangements on extreme days
  • Rescheduling work or particular tasks to cooler times of the day
  • Seeking ‘Respite Spaces’ on campus on extreme days.
Thermal Comfort

Fire Safety

All staff should be aware of their nearest emergency exit point. In the event of a fire, the University has a 'RACE' procedure.
R - "Rescue" any person/s in immediate danger.
A - "Alarm" Raise the alarm. Contact the emergency services on 000, contact University security on 4900 and activate break glass alarm. For satellite campuses, please view your respective extension for security in the link below.
C - "Contain" Close doors to contain fire.
E - "Extinguish" Attempt to extinguish the fire only if you are trained and safe to do so.
For more information, please refer to:

Fire Safety

Evacuation Procedures

The University has various procedures and guidelines governing the proceedings in the event of an emergency. These arrangements are based upon both normal operating hours and after hours and take into considerations special events that may occur upon campus. For more information on this, please visit the following sites:

Emergency Procedures Guide

Know Your Building Warden

Building wardens play an essential role within the University's Emergency Management plan, specifically in relation to our initial response to emergencies. For more information on the roles and responsibilities of building wardens, as well as a contact list of wardens in the University please visit


Find Your Building Warden

Inspection of Equipment

The University of Wollongong has the overarching responsibility for managing the various risks associated with the use of electrical appliances in accordance with the NSW WHS legislation. A major part of complying with this legislation is conducting regular testing of electrical appliances that are located in hostile working environments to ensure they are not damaged and free of risk.  For more information on this topic follow link.
Electrical testing and inspection

Malicious Call Identification - MCID

In the event that a member of staff receives a call of malicious intent from either an internal or external source, the following procedure should be followed to alert and forward the call to security.

1. During a phone conversation, select the MCID soft key button, by pressing the ‘more’ button twice, and then selecting the MCID button.

2. This will flag the call and send the alert immediately

3. Since the call will be investigated, the user should follow up with a call to ITS EX 3000.

4. NOTE: This feature should only be used in genuine circumstances such as:

- Harassment calls - Threatening calls - Obscene calls

5. Once the key is pressed it will tag the current call and send an immediate alert to security.

6. The University’s security will be obliged to investigate all calls that are indicated as Malicious using this feature.

7. In some cases, the University may also be obliged to contact relevant legal authorities.

Annual Building Emergency Evacuation Exercise

These exercises are a key feature of the UOW Emergency Management Plan.  These are design to test response capabilities and monitor installed some of the fire safety equipment.  The WHS Unit can assist you in planning and prepare the Annual Emergency Evacuation Exercise for your building.
Refer to the UOW Emergency Management Plan for further information

Emergency Management Plan

Telephone Bomb Threat

This form has recently been refreshed to make it simpler to gather details about the call.  Further information on handling a telephone bomb threat can be found in our emergency procedures.
Bomb Threat Form

WHS consultation review

The University's WHS Committee is seeking expressions of interest from representatives of the following portfolios to help review the current WHS consultation arrangement:

- Chief Administrative Officer
- Chief Financial Officer
- Global Strategy
- Research and Innovation

Please submit your expression of interest to Melinda Chylinski via email: by 10 April 2017.

Recently Updated Documents

Click here to view recently updated documents within the Work Health and Safety Management System or click here to receive email updates.
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