Health and safety information for contractors


We are committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for our colleagues, learners, visitors and contractors. However brief your visit to our campus might be, we want to ensure your time with us is a safe one.

UCLan needs to ensure the health, safety and welfare of its employees, learners and the public are not adversely affected by maintenance and contractor activities.

IT acceptable use policy

The use of UCLan’s IT facilities implies that the user accepts the rules for the use of IT facilities. This policy can be viewed on our student contract page, in the relevant academic year and under the heading library, IT and facilities.

Health and safety is everyone's responsibility

For further information, please contact our SHE Department:

Fire safety

    • Immediately operate the fire alarm call point.
    • From a place of safety dial 333 or use an emergency telephone (red/green) to inform security of the location of the fire. From an external line, dial 01772 896333.
    • Evacuate to the assembly point which is noted on the blue fire procedure notices displayed on means of escape.
    • The Safe Zone App can also be used to notify security of an emergency situation.
    • Evacuation chairs are available within buildings to assist the evacuation of mobility-impaired people. Details of their location are posted within buildings. The fire alarms are tested on a weekly basis and signs detailing the day and time are displayed at building entrances. During such tests, the alarms should sound for no longer than 30 seconds.
    • Leave the building by the nearest available exit, closing windows and doors behind you
    • To assist in a safe evacuation, please try to ensure that your work area is clear as you leave
    • Do not stop to collect personal belongings
    • Evacuate to your nearest assembly point
    • Follow any instruction you are given by the Fire Marshals
    • Do not re-enter the building and do not attempt to use lifts
    • Means of escape are not obstructed
    • Fire doors are not wedged open
    • Extinguishers are not moved from their locations
    • Fire detectors are not covered or bagged in any way, unless this has been agreed
    • Dry risers, fire hydrants and other firefighting equipment is not used for any purpose other than which it’s intended
  1. Fire assembly points for our Preston Campus are displayed on this map.

First aid

A first aider can be summoned by dialling one of the following numbers:

  • 333 – University emergency number
  • +44 (0)1772 896333 – from a mobile phone
  • +44 (0)1772 892068 – to contact security

Accidents, incidents & near misses

All incidents must be reported, even if you do not sustain a personal injury or it is a near miss incident. These should be reported by the person responsible for the area you are visiting via

Safety signage

Whilst you are on campus it is important that you are aware of the different types of safety signs.

Examples of some of the most important ones may be found below:

  1. Red and white circles represent something you must NOT do.

    red circular warning sign
  2. Yellow and black triangles warning of a danger.

    yellow triangle warning sign with a black exclamation mark in the center
  3. Blue and white circles represent something you MUST do.

    blue wear hard hats sign
  4. Green and white rectangles provide emergency.

    green fire exit sign with image of person escaping from an exit


UCLan aims to create an environment in which all members of the University community, including those under the age of 18 and adults at risk, are safe from harm and all forms of prejudice, harassment, discrimination and bullying.

In keeping with our values, we believe that safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. It is therefore essential that everybody in the University understands their safeguarding responsibilities, including contractors.

We ask that contractors act on any safeguarding concerns in line with UCLan’s safeguarding and Prevent policy and procedure, which is available on our safeguarding page.

Advice for contractors

  • Familiarise yourself with, and follow, the University’s safeguarding policy. This is available on our safeguarding page.
  • Report any safeguarding concerns to the University’s safeguarding leads.
  • Be aware of signs of abuse, harm, bullying and harassment, and share concerns appropriately.
  • Treat all staff, students, colleagues and other visitors, volunteers or contractors with respect and dignity.
  • Only use work contact details.