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Emergency procedures

COVID-19 first aid and emergency protocols

This information aims to assist Appointed First Aid Officers and Building Wardens at the University on how to safely provide first aid and emergency evacuation instruction during the heightened risk of COVID-19.

Guidance for first aid officers Guidance for building wardens

Emergency management plan

The Emergency Management Plan (EMP) (intranet) is the overarching framework for planning and managing emergencies at the University of Wollongong. Campus Emergency Response Procedures (CERP) and Local Emergency Response Procedures (LERP) sit inside of the EMP framework.

Session commencement responsibilities

At the start of session academic staff should inform students on the fire evacuation procedures relevant for the teaching areas being utilised for each class. See the Session Commencement Responsibilities page for more information.

COVID-19 emergency protocols

With preparations being made to gradually return to campus and with work areas completing COVID-19 Safe Work Plan’s as per the return to work roadmap, an important consideration is emergency preparedness and how this will be managed with COVID-19 restrictions.

Social distancing requirements have been recommended by the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC), which includes keeping a general distance of 1.5 metres between yourself and other people where possible in and outside the workplace. This can be difficult to achieve during an emergency evacuation.

When evacuating a building during an emergency, it is possible that people will in advertantly breach social distancing guidelines. As a Building Warden you should remind people to maintain social distancing, especially in confined spaces such as fire stairs.

When gathering at the designated assembly area, it is important not to congregate in groups. Social distancing should be maintained at all times. AS a Building Warden you should keep an eye out for this.

If you’re in Australia and feeling anxious or distressed about COVID-19, students can talk with one of the University counsellors from Counselling Services. Students who wish to book an online or an on-campus appointment, please call 02 4221 3445 (Monday-Friday 9:00am-4:30pm). 

If you are a staff member who requires support, our Employee Assistance Provider - LifeWorks is available to all staff by calling 1300 361 008. Further information is available on the Mental Health Support website. 

An Australian government hotline has also been established to assist international students with questions or concerns relating to their study and novel COVID-19: 

You can also access mental health support via these website 

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