Health & Safety

The Buildings and Estates Department plays a key role in ensuring the Health and Safety of the Campus Community in accordance with the University's obligations under current safety legislation - the principal items being: 

1. Safety Health and Welfare at Work Act (2013) 
2. Safety Health and Welfare at Work Act (Construction) Regulations 2005

Departmental Health and Safety (internal): 

The department maintains a "Departmental Safety Statement" which outlines policy and procedures relating to internal safety issues including Duties and Responsibilities, Risk Assessment and Hazard Identification etc. 

Construction Projects: 

The Buildings and Estates Department acts on behalf of the University in appointing Project Supervisors for the design and the construction phases of projects in accordance with statutory requirements. On completion of a project the Department of Buildings and Estates formally takes over responsibility for the particular building/area together with the project safety files and manuals. 

Campus Community: 

The Buildings and Estates Department plays a major role in ensuring day-to-day safety and welfare of the campus community, visitors etc. This is achieved through a combination of resources, procedures and systems. Examples of some of the major safety systems include:

  • Fire Alarm
  • Gas Detection
  • Auto Fire Extinguishing Systems
  • Emergency Lighting
  • Smoke Ventilation Systems
  • Smoke Curtains
  • Fire Rated Doors
  • Magnetic Door Releases
  • Automatic Fire Doors
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Sprinkler System
  • Fire Hydrants
  • Fire Hose Reels
  • Dry Risers
  • Lighting Protection Equipment
  • Gas Distribution Network - Internal
  • Gas Distribution Network - External
  • Electrical Distribution Systems
  • Water Sterilization
  • Statutory inspections of plant and equipment by insurance company representatives
  • Liasing with emergency services (Local Authority, Fire Brigade and Gardai)

The Buildings and Estates Department plays a pivotal role in the University's Executive Crisis Management Plan.

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