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Fire Safety at UCL

UCL employs a dedicated team of fire safety professionals, who assist the University in complying with legal requirements and ensuring that all persons at and nearby UCL are safe if a fire occurs.

This website provides some basic information on how fire safety is implemented at UCL, to assist staff, students and contractors in understanding UCL requirements and policies which assist us in protecting our people, buildings and business from the potentially devastating effects of an uncontrolled fire.

Contact the fire team by e-mailing: fire@ucl.ac.uk

Download UCL's management of Fire Safety Standard (pdf)

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It is essential that all fires within UCL properties are reported regardless of their size. It is important for the UCL Fire Safety Manager to investigate fire occurrences to help establish any failures in communications or equipment, organisation systems and the possible cause. Furthermore, it is important statistically for insurance purposes and emergency planning to be able to monitor incidents or fire.

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Fire Safety Guidance for Staff and Students
Project and Design Teams

Project design team fire safety technical notes - what you need to know can be found at the following link:

Employers Requirements - Aide Memoire

Fire Training

Basic fire safety induction is mandatory for ALL members of UCL at the start of their career or studies. It comprises two parts:

  1. Fire Safety (eLearning)

In addition, the following specific course is available:

  • Safe Use of Fire Extinguishers - this course is for Fire Evacuation Marshalls (FEMs) and staff who are designated to use fire extinguishers in their place of work

Information about fire training courses can be found at the following link:

List of Safety Training Courses

Refresher Training

All members of UCL are required to complete refresher training (eLearning) every two years, together with completing the fire safety induction form TN086.

 

Fire Risk Category

Each UCL building has been given a risk category of between 1-3  based on the nature of the activities carried out and the fire safety design of the building. The fire risk category is used to determine the frequency of:

  • Fire Risk Assessments
  • Fire Drills
  • Fire Evacuation Marshall (FEM) refresher training
  • Building Familiarisation

To find out what the fire risk category is for your building please e-mail: fire@ucl.ac.uk

Emergency Evacuation Plans by Building

To receive a copy of your building emergency evacuation plan or to find out what the fire risk category is for your building please e-mail: fire@ucl.ac.uk

NB 'Fire Brigade Contingency Plans and Hazard Information' is provided in UCL Buildings by the main fire alarm panel or building entrance.

Building Fire Risk Assessments

The fire risk assessment process is the foundation on which fire safety management at UCL is based.  UCL staff, students and contractors can view UCL fire risk assessments via riskNET.  We would encourage you to read the relevant fire risk assessments for buildings that you frequently use.

A guide on how to access the fire risk assessment for each UCL building can be found at the following link:

Fire risk assessment review frequencies are dictated by the building fire risk category (1, 2, or 3), although each UCL building will receive at least one fire risk assessment review annually. To find out what the fire risk category is for your building please e-mail: fire@ucl.ac.uk

UCL has three levels of fire risk assessment carried out by the UCL fire safety team:

  • Type 1 is a check that the fire risk assessment is up-to-date and that the means of escape are generally satisfactory;
  • Type 2 is more comprehensive than a Type 1 review, but will involve sample checks of all areas rather than a comprehensive inspection of the entire building;
  • Type 3  is a full inspection of all areas of the building.

Actions arising from fire risk assessments will be allocated via riskNET to departmental staff responsible for ensuring that they are completed.  If you receive an action following a fire risk assessment and are unsure of any aspect of how to complete what is required, you can contact us by emailing fire@ucl.ac.uk

Fire Drills

The fire risk category of the building is used to determine the frequency of fire drills. To find out what the fire risk category is for your building please e-mail: fire@ucl.ac.uk

NB The time and date of fire drills will not be made public to ensure a realistic evaluation of our emergency plans.

Fire Safety Category 1 & 2 buildings

A sample of these buildings will receive fire drills between September and November each year. Over the course of the remainder of the academic year, all other UCL buildings will be subject to fire evacuation drill.

Fire Risk Category 3 buildings

A fire drill will be carried out between October and November each year.

Special Instructions for Activities under the Control of the Home Office

If you are carrying out Home Office controlled activities or procedures, then BSU managers will be informed in advance of the fire drills. If you are working in a designated Home Office room or area you should check with your BSU Manager or your local NACWO for information. During a fire drill you will be authorised to be exempt from participation in the fire drill (but you should inform local Fire Evacuation Marshals (FEMs) that you are remaining in the building for the drill).

Fire extinguisher guidance

Fire Extinguisher Guidance