Building emergencies

Click on Emergency Control Organisation (ECO) to find out the names and contacts of the volunteer building emergency team (Chief Warden, Floor Warden, Emergency First Aid Officers) for your building at UNSW (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, bomb threats, earthquakes, floods, threats of violence and medical emergencies. Instructions for the appropriate emergency response are contained in the Emergency Procedures flip chart 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 on Campus poster. 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:

D26 Biological Sciences Building - the area opposite the John Clancy Auditorium near the High Street fence

F23 Mathews Building – the Library Lawn

G17 Electrical Engineering Building – Quadrangle Lawn