Health & Safety Induction

Maths departments are generally very safe places!

Below are listed some key information for induction and links to further material.

  • Information about health and safety in the department is available on the departmental website (http://www.maths.ox.ac.uk/members/health-safety) and includes the statement of health and safety organisation.
  • There is a security, safety and building matters notice on all the notice boards around the building that contains reminders of the security services phone numbers and other procedures.
  • There is a list of the where first aiders are, their contact details, where the first aid kits and accident report books are kept.
  • The lifts should be very reliable but a lift entrapment could occur. The call button in the lift connects through to the university security services who will quickly assess the situation and call the lift contractor. In weekday working hours (excluding bank holidays and closure periods) the lift company will typically arrive within 30 minutes, outside of working hours they will arrive within 2 hours. In the event of a more urgent situation security services may call the fire service to effect the release.
  • The fire service and university security services will not attend a fire alarm during weekday office hours. Should the alarm go off at such a time they must be explicitly called before they will attend.
  • Should you see people failing to leave the building when the fire alarm is sounding please encourage them to leave (but if they refuse to move you should continue on your way). Note in general people are expect to take reponsibility for themselves and the department does not have nominated fire wardens checking every room has been evacuated and in so doing putting themselves at risk.
  • Practice fire drills/building evacuations are generally held at least once per year. Please familiarise yourself with the location of emergency exits and always evacuate the building (by following the running man emergency exit symbols) whenever the alarm goes off. Evacuation instructions are located near each of the red fire call points that are located near exit points from each floor/building. The evacuation notices also clearly state the assembly point people should go to in the event of an evacuation (Far side of the Triton Fountain in the Humanities Building courtyard). Note in particular evacuation is via the fire safe stair cores and not via the atrium circulation stairs or via the main stair in the mezzanine. Some fire exit routes may require the use of a green break glass button to release a locked door. This will trigger the intruder alarm but is the correct action if the fire/evacuation alarm is sounding.
  • The fire alarms are generally tested each week (typically Friday mornings before 9am)
  • Do not rearrange office furniture without first seeking advice to ensure the change is acceptable to the department and also safe.
  • In general do not move or switch off IT equipment yourself. Always contact computing support/technicians or caretaking staff. Note the department has a green IT system which automatically turns desktops off during certain periods if they are not in use. If you need to use a desktop that is off press the power button to turn it on but leave it on when you finish (the automated system will do the rest).
  • Workstation layout and display screen assessments - see http://www.maths.ox.ac.uk/members/health-safety for details. If having looked through the material you would like a formal DSE assessment this can be arranged. All workstations should already be laid out in accordance with the guidance. In most cases the monitor is height adjustable. For monitors that are not height adjustable boosters are available upon request. The task chairs provided are fully adjustable (advice was also sought from the safety office prior to purchase and the choices were highly commended).
  • Although there is access to the building 24 hours a day extra care should be taken when in the building out of hours. If you feel particularly vulnerable when in the building out of hours you can arrange to check in with the university security services, i.e. call them and specify a time you will call them again, if they do not hear from you they would then come and investigate.
  • There are panic alarms in certain vulnerable places in the department. Security services will phone to try to determine if this is a real emergency but should also be called if possible to confirm an emergency so they can attend more quickly.
  • The university and department have a policy relating to children in university buildings/visiting the department, please see this if it is relevant to you.
  • There is an annual inspection of the building (typically conducted in December) to identify any outstanding issues. However, please report any issues or concerns as they arise either to safety-officer@maths.ox.ac.uk or facilities-management@maths.ox.ac.uk as appropriate.