Emergency Procedures

Emergency Control Organisation (ECO)

An ECO is a team of people that are employed within a building who take control on the declaration of an emergency. An emergency may constitute as:

  • A fire;
  • Evacuation of any kind;
  • Chemical spills;
  • Bomb threat;
  • Suspicious packages’;
  • Personal threat;
  • Personal injury;
  • Active shooter situations.

The ECO consists of a Chief Fire Warden, Deputy Fire Warden, Floor Wardens and First Aid Officers, as well as outside agencies such as ACT Fire & Rescue.

In the event of an emergency you will need to follow their instructions and not hinder the safety of others.

For preparedness, familiarise yourself with the evacuation maps displayed throughout the building, this shows the exits and location of the designated emergency assembly point.

An ANU Security emergency flip chart should be provided upon introduction to the school. If you do not have one, please contact the WHS team at whs.physics@anu.edu.au 
Ensure you familiarise yourself with the contents of the flip chart as this provides guidance about what to do in the aforementioned emergencies.

Raising the alarm

  • Any potential emergency should be immediately reported to the Chief Warden 
  • By breaking a red break-glass alarm button (if nearby)
  • Contact ANU Security 52249
  • Dial 0 000

Many Laboratories within the School are fitted with one or more alarms, interlocks or warning devices.

Familiarise yourself with the devices fitted in your area. You must obey any warning signs, and evacuation signals.

Some areas have restricted access. Never enter a restricted area unless you are authorised.


When an alarm has been initiated, a 'whoop whoop' tone will be heard, this means that you must evacuate immediately

  • Cease all work immediately and turn off any equipment if possible
  • Collect your personal valuables, medication, car keys, mobile phones etc and leave the building via the closest exit if safe to do so.
  • Congregate at the designated emergency assembly point. 
  • Floor wardens will be assisting occupants to vacate the building
  • You must remain in the assembly area until the 'all clear' is given by the Fire Brigade.



First Aid

The school has several trained and certified First Aid Officers.

Parasol is the provider of first aid supplies and conducts 6 monthly checks for all the kits within RSPhys.  

For after-hours attention, it is advised to call for an Ambulance on (0) 000 or 112 (from a mobile phone). When possible, advise ANU Security x52249 as they are equipped and trained in first aid. 

First Aid Facilities

There is a first aid room located in the Cockcroft Building Rm 3.11 (Reception desk level) and is clearly marked by a green sticker with a white cross. It is equipped with a bed, sink and other facilities required under the relevant legislation. It also contains a defibrillator and oxygen unit as well as a collapsible stretcher, emergency child-birthing kit and a fixed cabinet containing first aid supplies.

Access to the First Aid Room and its equipment is restricted to the First Aid officers only. Each First Aid officer has been issued a key and is able to access the room to restock first aid kits and to attend to casualties if needed.

In laboratories that use hydrofluoric acid (HF) a HF first aid kit is provided with specific supplies for HF related injuries. 

Eye wash stations and showers are accessible near all laboratories and are checked and maintained by Facilities and Services monthly. 

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