Building emergencies

Each building has their own Emergency Contacts list, locations of the list will vary building to building check with your Chief Warden or local Warden named at induction.

Wardens in the ECO Team can access team details via the Emergency Management website or alternatively click here, to familiarise yourself with the Emergency Control Organisation for your building (UNSW log in required).

In the event of an emergency situation, the emergency control organisation (ECO)  for the building shall take charge until the relevant Emergency Services arrive. Emergency situations that may arise include fire, medical emergency, bomb threat, suspect package, power outage, chemical spill, environmental, personal threat, natural disaster, evacuation, shelter or lockdown. Instructions for the appropriate emergency response are contained in the Emergency Procedures poster located in every office and laboratory within BEES.

Everyone working in areas controlled by BEES should be familiar with the procedures outlined in the Emergency Procedures virtual flip card. In addition, if people are visiting you in BEES controlled space you must ensure your visitors are aware of the UNSW Emergency Procedures (HS630 Induction Form - Visitors).

If you discover an emergency situation, you must inform people in the vicinity, activate an alarm (white break glass point near the red phones on each floor) and ring Security Services on 56666. 


As serious incidents and emergencies could occur at any time, it is essential that every person follows the correct emergency response at all times. There may be times when occupants have to remain in the building or when it’s more appropriate that only part of the building is evacuated. During emergency situations building occupants must abide by all instructions given by the ECO Wardens.

If an emergency requires a partial or total building evacuation occupants should hear a warning alarm, a continuous “Beep....beep” broadcast from speakers in the ceiling. This sound is to alert occupants that they are about to receive some building emergency information. When this sound is heard occupants must prepare to evacuate the building and await further instruction. Preparation to evacuate the building includes closing windows, turning off equipment, and so on.

If the alarm is not manually overridden within a few minutes the broadcast changes to an Evacuation message. This commences with a “Whoop...whoop” alarm accompanied by a male voice calling on all occupants to evacuate the building. At this point, occupants must leave by the nearest exit (not via the lifts), and gather at the designated Emergency Evacuation Assembly Area.  Occupants should take their personal belongings with them in case they are not able to return to their workplace for some time.

The following are the Assembly Areas for BEES controlled space:

E26 Biological Sciences South and D26 Biological Sciences North (including Biolink) - the area opposite the John Clancy Auditorium near the High Street fence (Temporary location near Gate 9 UNSW sign High St,)

F25 Samuels - Michael Birth Lawn infront of Lowy.

F23 Mathews Building – the Library Lawn

G17 Electrical Engineering Building – Quadrangle Lawn