Health and safety

We all have a responsibility for health and safety at the College. The College is responsible for always ensuring that a safe environment is provided, and students and guests have a responsibility for always behaving in a reasonable manner. As part of providing a safe environment the College operates several policies and procedures and students should ensure that they are familiar with and abide by them. The College’s Health and Safety video can be watched on our website: and a summary of the key elements is set out below.

The College makes an analysis of the risk of such events as fire, outbreak of disease or major breakdown and develops procedures for dealing with them. The analysis and the procedures are documented and are available for inspection by students, subject to data protection legislation and assessed security risks.

The Facilities team are responsible to the Domestic Bursar not only for maintaining the buildings but also for electrical safety, the fire and intruder alarm systems and fire-fighting appliances. Any malfunction of fire-fighting or security equipment should be reported immediately to the Facilities team via

Explosives and Firearms

Firearms, explosives, pyrotechnics, inflammable materials etc. may not be brought into or stored in College buildings or accommodation, whether in your room or elsewhere. This includes replicas and/or deactivated firearms of any kind.


The only permitted items of private electrical equipment containing high-current heating elements are hair dryers and these items should never be left unattended when in use. All electrical items over two years old brought into College must have been PAT tested. Students should ensure they have current test documentation if they are asked to provide it. The College tests the fire alarms on a weekly basis in all buildings.

Cooking in rooms is not permitted and neither are candles, shisha pipes, incense sticks or other naked flames, fairy lights, microwaves or drapes. Toasters and electrical heaters other than those supplied by the College are not permitted in College. Any prohibited items will be removed by the Domestic Bursary team.  

Students should check routinely that all wiring and plugs are in good condition, of the correct voltage (240v) and properly connected. (If in doubt, have the item checked by the Domestic Bursary staff).

Most commonly, fires have been caused by smokers. Smoking and vaping is prohibited in all College buildings and throughout the main site. If you smoke or vape, please ensure that this takes place in the designated areas outside student accommodation and that you dispose of cigarette ends carefully in the receptacles provided. Anyone found to be smoking or vaping in any College building or accommodation will be reported to the Dean of College.

No naked flames, oil burners, candles or the like are permitted anywhere on site.

Make sure, as soon as you move into a College room that you know the fire escape arrangements and the location of fire appliances and alarms. Fire doors must never be wedged open: they are designed specifically to prevent the rapid spread of smoke and flames. SMOKE DETECTORS AND FIRE FIGHTING EQUIPMENT MUST NOT BE TAMPERED WITH. THIS IS A CRIMINAL OFFENCE AND WILL BE DEALT WITH ACCORDINGLY.

There are instructions in every room on what to do in the event of a fire: read them, and refresh your memory from time to time. Fire drills are held each term.

Emergency services (fire, police, or ambulance) should be called from the nearest phone in the case of any obviously serious incident. For the emergency services call 999.

Reception should be informed as quickly as possible thereafter, or the Junior Deans out of hours. The individual raising the alarm should remain with any injured person at or near the scene of the fire or other incident in order to relay relevant information to the emergency services when they arrive.

First Aid

If you or someone on site requires first aid for a physical injury or if you require details of a Mental Health First Aider, please contact Reception for assistance during normal office hours (08:30 – 19:15, Monday – Friday). For assistance outside office hours please contact the Junior Deans.

First aid kits for physical injuries are located around the College site and an accident book is held in Reception. All accidents regardless of the severity should be reported to Reception as soon as possible after the incident occurs.

Further information on health and safety at Kellogg, including the College’s Emergency Procedures document are available on request from the Domestic Bursar, subject to data protection legislation and assessed security risks.

Updated on: 20/07/2023