If you discover a gas leak, act quickly.
Important phone numbers
Phone: 966 (internal) or 0800 373 7550
- Alert everyone in the immediate area to the gas leak, and evacuate all non-essential personnel if necessary. Note: If the gas is flammable, do not set off the fire alarm.
- Identify the gas (e.g. through the use of signs, labels or safety data sheets) and note any safety requirements.
- Stop the source (close cylinder valves, activate shut-off valves or emergency stops).
- Control ignition sources. Turn off electrical and gas-fired equipment.
- Ventilate the area if safe to do so. Open windows and doors, activate intrinsically safe gas ventilation equipment.
- Notify supervisors and Security on 966 (0800 373 7550 from a mobile phone).
- If the leak poses a threat to people or the environment:
- Evacuate the building.
- Notify the Fire Service on 111 and state the following:
- Your name
- Exact location of leak
- Size of leak if known (e.g. BBQ gas bottle, 45kg gas bottle, reticulated gas etc.)
- Assign a person to meet the Fire Service/inform the building warden.
- Evacuate the building immediately, avoiding the area of contamination as best you can.
- Assemble upwind of the gas leak.
- Comply with the Fire Service’s instructions.
- Do not re-enter building/area until you receive the 'all clear' from the building warden or Fire Service.
Staff: Post-leak actions
As a staff member you have a number of responsibilities.
- Ensure your wellbeing.
- Help others with decontamination including clothing. Monitor for after-effects. Administer/obtain medical care if required.
- Ensure ventilation is complete.
- Restock and review:
- The initial discoverer is to raise an incident report using the University’s accident/incident reporting system.
- Assess reasons for incident and implement corrective response as soon as practicable.
- Retain a copy of the fire crew’s incident report (if the Fire Service was called).