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Safety information

Health and Safety Coordinator:

Ms Rachel Cumberland
Mathematical Institute Room 213
Tel: 01334 463737

What to do in an emergency

Serious Incident/Threat

In the event of any incident, criminal or otherwise, which might put the safety of people and/or property at risk, take the following action without delay:-

  1. Telephone the Police (Tel. (9)999 or (9)112) giving full details of incident and location, your name and where you can be contacted.
  2. Telephone the University’s Security and Response Team on 46(8999to report incidents or for emergency support at any time on any day, or, if more appropriate, email the team at


If you find a fire:

  1. Raise the alarm. Set off a fire alarm; or shout “FIRE!”
  2. If it’s safe for you to do so, contact the Fire Brigade (see below).

Contacting the Emergency Services

  1. From an internal phone, dial (9)999.  (If using a mobile, note that some providers use 112 as the emergency number -  not 999.)  This connects you with an emergency operator who will ask for information.
  2. Tell the operator which emergency service you want (Fire Brigade, Ambulance etc.).
  3. Give the address where help is needed and any other necessary information:
    (i) The building: Mathematical Institute, North Haugh, St Andrews KY19 9SS; or Scott Lang Building, Buchanan Gardens, St Andrews KY16 9LZ and
    (ii) The room number, if appropriate.
  4. Tell the emergency service how to reach your extension with a return call:
    (a) 01334 476161 followed by the extension number on the handset; and
    (b) for 4 digit extensions only, 01334 46 followed by the number on the handset.
  5. Tell the university what’s going on: - Contact number as under Serious Incident/Threat 2. above.

Fire alarm

If you hear the fire alarm (a continuously ringing bell, or shouts of “FIRE!”):

  1. Get out of the building immediately by the most direct safe route:
    • Close doors behind you (but don’t lock them).
    • Stay out of the building.
  2. Go to the assembly point : Maths main door exit - upper car park on South side; Maths level 1 exits - grass on south side of Computer Science Building; Scott Lang Building - grass to the front of the building.
  3. Wait for further instructions. You’ll be told when it’s safe to go back in.
    • Keep to the side to let emergency vehicles through.

Medical & First Aid

First Aiders:

  • Valerie Sturrock (Maths room 225 - extension 3744)
  • Rhona Rodger (Scott Lang room 104 - extension 1842)

Emergency First Aiders:

  • Catriona Harris (Scott Lang room 209 - extension 1831)
  • Ineke de Moortel (Maths room 311 - extension 3757)

Rest Rooms:

  • Maths room 227 (Photocopy Room - extension 3749)
  • Scott Lang Building – room 205 (upstairs coffee area)

 First Aid Boxes:

  • Outside Maths rooms 116, 208 & 312, and in Maths room 227 (Rest room).
  • In Scott Lang Building room 205 (upstairs coffee area)

For minor casualties, where medical advice is thought to be needed, ask a First Aider to

  • take the casualty to the Community Hospital on the Largo Road in a car insured for business use; or
  • if the casualty is in a suitable state, accompany the person in a taxi to the Community Hospital. 

In other cases, or if the casualty is seriously injured, 

  • call an ambulance (see above).