Portable fire-fighting equipment plays an important role in the on-going business continuity of the University. It is provided for the protection of property and not to support the means of escape. The priority in the event of a fire is always personal safety by evacuating the building and raising the alarm.
It is University policy that only individuals who have received formal training should use fire extinguishers, providing it is safe to do so after raising the alarm.
It is departmental policy that all workers involved in activities most likely to cause a fire receive fire extinguishing training. This should ensure that small fires are dealt with efficiently and effectively.
The following workers are expected to receive practical fire extinguisher training:
all workers using naked flames (typically small gas cannister burners used for microbial activities)
all laboratory technicians (fire extinguisher training is a useful skill for all lab. technicians)
all other workers engaged in activities that, based on local risk assessment, present a high fire risk