9.0 Emergency Equipment And Procedures

9.1 Definition

In the definition officially used at Queen's:

AN EMERGENCY IS AN INCIDENT, ACCIDENT OR OTHERWISE, WHICH REQUIRES IMMEDIATE ACTION TO PREVENT LOSS OF LIFE, PERSONAL INJURY, SEVERE PERSONAL HARDSHIP OR LOSS OR DAMAGE TO PROPERTY OR EQUIPMENT.

9.2 General Advice

When faced with an emergency:

  • Remain calm; do not panic.

  • Size up the situation and decide what to do.

  • If you are in personal danger, plan first to get to safety, second to activate fire alarms and/or summon aid, and third to do what you can to bring the situation under control. Put life ahead of saving property.

  • Consider what chain of events may follow, in view of the existing situation. If possible, take steps to prevent or limit any further incidents and complications. Act yourself or communicate your ideas to those in charge.

  • If there is danger that the area affected by an emergency may grow, take steps to ensure that this threat is recognized and dealt with (warn people in adjacent areas to leave or take appropriate action, warn those in charge, etc.).

  • If you are asked to leave the area; make your area safe, if time permits, by turning off hazardous experiments or equipment and closing the door; and then leave promptly. Do not re-enter the area until you have been instructed to do so.

  • If you feel you cannot assist in dealing with the situation, leave the emergency area and stay away. Make sure that those involved in the operations know you are safe, should there be any question.

  • Do not use the emergency telephones for other than emergency calls. During a serious emergency, do not use any telephones for other calls.

  • Off campus activities require the event supervisor to complete the following risk assessment by completing this OCASP form.

9.3 Emergency Reporting Procedures

The emergency reporting procedures are posted beside the emergency telephones throughout the laboratory wing of Dupuis Hall. Please read these procedures carefully and follow them in the event of an emergency. Note that Queen's maintains an Emergency Report Center to provide a central point where emergency situations on campus are to be reported. The personnel at the Center have been instructed on the action to take in response to emergency calls. It is important that they receive sufficient details of the emergency to enable them to react properly.

  • All incidents which require first aid or require alteration to equipment to prevent reoccurance of similar incident must fill in an Incident Report form. It is importmant to record any incidents, including slips or falls, to track where corrective action can be taken to reduce future incidents from occuring.

  • For any incident that requires the attention of a physician, the employee and employer must complete the following WSIB forms within 48hrs of the incident happening or the supervisor may be fined.