First Aid Facilities, Accident and Incident Reporting

There are a number of trained first aiders and first aid boxes supply stations throughout the College. First aiders and stations box locations are identified on signs at all Gower College Swansea College sites. If you are in class at the time you sustain an injury, report to your lecturer in the first instance. In addition, there is a nurse student health advisor available to students at Belgrave Roadthe Gorseinon Campus (room F6) and the Tycoch Campus (room A23).

Remember Yyou must report all accidents and injuries, no matter how trivial, to a member of staff who will ensure that you receive appropriate first aid or medical treatment and ensure your incident accident is recorded. Your accident report will be recorded and held confidentially by the College Gower College Swansea Safety Office. This is a requirement imposed on the College by the Health and Safety Executive.

It is also important to report ‘near-miss’ incidents. A near miss is an incident that had the potential to cause an injury but on this occasion did not. For example, an object falling from height that may have resulted in personal injury, but did not, like a car parked on the pavement, a flickering light or a damaged step. This type of incident Near misses are reported in the same was as reporting accidents. may be reported to the Estates Department using the same format described above for reporting accidents .

All damage to college property or equipment must be reported immediately to technicians or lecturing staff so that repairs can be organised.


Lost Property

Whilst on college premises you are responsible for your own property.  You must keep all your belongings with you at all times and do not leave bags unattended.  We cannot be held responsible for lost or stolen items whilst at college.  Where lockers are available, please ensure that you make use of them.
If you are unfortunate enough to lose any items or have anything stolen please contact student services or report the loss to a Reception area.


Health and Safety in the College

Gower College Swansea is committed to the provision of a safe learning environment for its students and staff.  These guidelines aim to protect you and others, prevent accidents and set good working practices.  We all have a legal responsibility for our own health and safety and the health and safety of others.

First Aid in the Classroom or Workshop

During activities organised by the College, you must adopt appropriate behaviour and safe working practices in accordance with instructions from lecturing staff and technicians.  These ‘safe systems of work’ are tried and tested and have been developed through risk assessment, with you in mind.  Some areas within the College environment have been identified as higher risk.  Additional controls and local rules are in place in these areas and must be complied with at all times. Higher risk areas Include:

  • Science Laboratories
  • Engineering Workshops
  • Kitchens
  • Performing Arts Areas
  • Sports Science Areas
  • Public Services
  • Educational Visits away from the College

During your induction and lessons, you will be made aware of the local rules and you will receive specific instruction, such as the use of appropriate personal protective equipment, existing control measures, emergency procedures, and any prohibitions and restricted areas.  .  You may be subject to the student disciplinary procedures for repeat offenses to health and Safety requirements

We are all required to maintain the College in a clean and tidy manner. For example, placing litter in the correct bins, and at the end of class clearing away tools, equipment and materials, returning them to storage areas as appropriate.  . This practice helps to keep work areas available and safe for all students.

If you have any concerns on matters of health and safety at Gower College Swansea, please contact the Safety Officer or a member of staff who will be able to assist you.

Fire Safety and Emergency Evacuation

For your safety, all members of staff are familiar with fire safety procedures.  In the event of an emergency follow their instructions.  To help you become familiar with emergency evacuation procedures a practice fire drill will be held early in September.  Other drills will be scheduled throughout the year, but remember every alarm must be treated as if a real danger of fire exists.

Fire Action notices are posted near fire alarm points throughout the premises.  Take the time to familiarise yourself with these instructions. 

It is particularly important that you follow all instructions from members of staff and designated fire marshalls during emergency situations, who will oversee emergency evacuations.  In emergency situations you must follow emergency instructions (especially if you are not under direct supervision at the time of the alarm):

If you discover a fire:

  • Raise the alarm by shouting ‘fire’ and breaking the glass on the nearest fire alarm point (located at intervals in corridors and near final exits);
  • Never attempt to extinguish a fire!
  • Leave the building immediately by the nearest safe exit.

Upon hearing the alarm:

  • Leave the building immediately by the nearest safe route and exit (do not run and try to remain calm)
  • Do not use the lifts
  • Do not stop to collect personal belongings
  • Go to the nearest assembly point
  • Report any fellow students who you think should be at the assembly point but have not arrived to the Assembly Point Co-ordinator or Fire Marshall (the person in the hi-viz vest);
  • Do not re-enter the building until you have received the ‘all-clear’ instruction from the Assembly Point Co-ordinator;
  • Do not leave the College site unless authorised to do so;
  • If you are unable to negotiate stairs, ‘safe areas’ have been identified with evacuation chairs and trained members of staff to assist;
  • Do not operate a vehicle while an evacuation is in progress.  Immediately stop your vehicle, leaving access for emergency vehicles. 

General Evacuation Arrangements

Individuals with temporary mobility difficulties, like crutches for a sprained ankle, should wait behind until the rush of people have gone so that can negotiate the stairs safely, i.e. reduce the risk of being pushed accidently by a crown of people descending the stairs in a hurry.

All individuals with known disabilities like wheel chair users, hearing or visual impairments must have the benefit of a Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan.  Please contact student services or your faculty office if you feel the need for a personalised evacuation plan.