Gas leak

If you discover a gas leak, act quickly.

Important phone numbers

Fire service
Phone: 111

Phone: 966 (internal) or 0800 373 7550

Immediate actions

  • 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).