Heads of building services, faculties

Instructions for the heads of building services at the faculties


The heads of building services at the faculties are among the first people to be contacted when the telephone chain is activated, on account of their familiarity with the university’s geography and facilities.

The role of the heads of building services, the building inspectors and other building operations personnel is to help ensure that people, animals and items of value are not harmed or damaged.

When the public emergency services (police or fire service) have an incident commander present on site, the incident commander directs the emergency management effort, and AU’s building operations personnel assist the public emergency services.

Special safety regulations for laboratories and other facilities may apply.


  1. Summon the personnel required to handle the situation.
  2. Go to the site in question and bring extra keys, maps etc which will be useful in the specific situation (or delegate this task to another person).
  3. Assess the situation on site and then react.
  4. Assist the public emergency services when they are present on site.
  5. Participate in the emergency response group if you are the highest ranking building operations supervisor on site or if you are appointed to take this role by the head of building services for AU.
  6. Inform the emergency response group on an on-going basis.

Be aware of any measures which might be necessary during as well as after the emergency. For example, it may be necessary to lock an evacuated building in order to ensure that nothing happens to students’ and employees’ items of value before access is allowed.