SOAS University of London

Health and Safety

Emergency Procedures


The Estates team are responsible for periodically checking (and recording) the condition of fire detection and warning systems, fire extinguishers, fire escapes and emergency lighting at all SOAS sites. Fire extinguishers and detection and warning systems are held under maintenance contracts with Estates being responsible for these. The Conducting of regular fire drills at all sites will be arranged by the Health and Safety manager in conjunction with the Director of Governance and Legal services, the recording of these drills will be carried out by our security team. Recorded drills are logged in the Estates department Fire logbook and targets will be set in order to achieve a satisfactory evacuation procedure.

All sites, are required to have Fire Risk Assessments carried out periodically, in addition all sites are required to have an evacuation procedure. Each SOAS site will have its own fire wardens, they will be responsible for ensuring, as far as possible without risking their own safety, that all persons are evacuated safely and reporting any issues to incident controllers or emergency services as appropriate. All staff/students must familiarise themselves with all evacuation routes in their locality and assembly point in the event of a fire.  Managers will be responsible for ensuring that new employees are aware of these as well as of the location of fire extinguishers and other appliances, as part of the initial site Induction. Students will be advised on issues of fire safety during welcome week.  Evacuation procedures can be found in the Fire Safety section.

Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans (PEEPS) will be drawn up with those that require them.  Guidance on PEEPs can be found in the Emergency Egress For Disabled Persons section.

First Aid

There is to be an appropriate number of trained first aiders, sufficient to cover the minimum legal requirement during planned absences.  Details of first aiders are posted on the health and safety notice board and on the main SOAS web site in the Accident Reporting, First Aid and Defibrillators section.

First aiders will be responsible for regularly checking the contents of their first aid kits.  If first aid kits are depleted, the first aider must contact Staff Development with details of the items required.  They will arrange for the supply of missing items.

All first Aiders qualify through an HSE approved training body, (e.g. Red Cross, St. Johns etc.) and hold a First Aid at Work Certificate for 3 years. Refresher training will be required as dictated by awarding bodies.

Emergency Planning

In the event of an emergency incident, for example flood, explosion or power outage it is a necessity to have an emergency plan in place.  Having the plan in place will help to ensure that SOAS is doing everything in its power to minimise the negative impact that such an event will inevitably have and that normal business is resumed as swiftly as possible.

The plans covers a multitude of  eventualities, ranging from public disorder and gas leaks to environmental contamination and water supply failure to name a few. The plan will outline how SOAS will look to manage these situations by clearly outlining a recommended course of action, as well as documenting who will be involved in the management of those counter measures.

A copy of the SOAS emergency plan can be found on this page.