Emergency Response & Evacuation

An emergency is an event, actual or imminent, which endangers or threatens to endanger health and safety, property or the environment. Emergencies include natural events such as earthquake, flood and wind-storms, fires, explosions, road accidents, plague or epidemic, acts of war, hi-jacks, siege or riot, and disruption to essential services.

Floor Wardens - yellow helmets

A current list of floor wardens and deputy floor wardens is located on each floor.  Please ensure you know who they are.  The current list of wardens is available on the Institute's intranet.

Chief Warden - white helmets

In the event of an emergency, the Cheif Warden and Deputy Chief Warden will liaise with emergency services. When safe the Chief Warden will authorize re-entry ito the affected areas/buildings.

Evacuation procedures

  1. In the event of an emergency, a warning tone will sound in your area. 
  2. Prepare to evacuate by making your work area safe
  3. Turn off bunsen burners and any other piece of equipment using a flame.
  4. If evacuation is necessary the warning tones will be followed by a whooping siren.
  5. Exit your laboratory or office area and shut doors behind you. Do not take work related items with you. Proceed calmly to the closest exit on your level in order to evacuate the building via the emergency stair wells. Do not use lifts or the Atrium stairs in an emergency.  Emergency stair wells are located on each floor at both ends of the corridor (refer to green arrows on Diagram 1).
  6. Follow the emergency stairwell to exit at the ground level and leave building.
  7. Proceed to the designated assembly areas - either the Park Drive carpark or the nature strip at corner of Park Drive and Flemington Road (see map for location Diagram 2).
  8. Report any problems to your floor warden.
  9. Do not re-enter the building until directed to do so by the Chief Warden.

(Image 1) Emergency Stairwells located at both ends of corridors on all levels

(Image 2) Bio21 Institute, Evacuation assembly areas:

Emergency contact numbers


Fire brigade / Police / Ambulance:

Dial 0 - 000

Poison Information Centre:

Dial 0 - 131126

University Security Emergency (24 h): 


Bio21 Institute Security:

42480 or 42481

University Security Advice: 

834 44674

EHS Unit:

834 43444

Counselling Service: 

834 46927

Uni Health Services (Doctor):

834 46904

Bio21 Institute EHS Coordinator & Deputy Chief Warden- Christine Baggs

834 47757/0407 779 5244