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Health & Safety Office


The Health and Safety Office of Mary Immaculate College provides advice and assistance on all aspects of Safety, Health and Welfare at work to the College, in accordance with the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act, 2005 and other relevant legislation.

It is the policy of the College, in so far as is reasonably practicable, to ensure the health and safety of employees, students, contractors and of any persons who may be affected by the operations of the College.

Mary Immaculate College through Health & Safety is a member of the National Irish Safety Organisation (NISO).

The Health and Safety Office is located in Room C103, situated on the first floor of Áras McAuley. 

For Health & Safety queries, email:

Health & Safety Manager
Caroline Duffy
+353 86 2563629

Accident Reporting, Fire Safety & Emergencies

All employees, students and persons using the facilities in Mary Immaculate College have a responsibility to familiarise themselves with the following information regarding fire safety.

You should pay attention to the location of fire exits, fire extinguishers, the fire alarm and assembly points in their building. Fire and emergency drills are held in the College on a regular basis in order to familiarise employees and students with an emergency and the procedures to be followed during evacuation.

MIC has developed fire and emergency plans to ensure that all buildings are evacuated in an orderly and controlled manner during an emergency situation thereby minimising potential injury to employees, students, visitors, and contractors.

On the Discovery of a Fire

  • On discovering a fire; raise the alarm by breaking the nearest available break glass point Unit IMMEDIATELY
  • Dial 999 to call the fire brigade, Dial 112 on mobile phones & call reception on Ext 0 or 4997 to summon the CIRT team. Provide details to fire brigade & reception of exact location and extent of fire
  • Evacuate the building by the nearest exit route
  • Close all doors after you
  • Comply with all directions given by Fire Wardens
  • Proceed to the assembly point
  • Do not use the lift
  • Do not re-enter the building until the 'all-clear' has been given either by the evacuation control team or the fire brigade officer in charge

On Hearing the Fire Alarm

  • Evacuate the building by the nearest exit route
  • Close all doors after you
  • Comply with all directions given by Fire Wardens
  • Proceed to the assembly point
  • Do not delay to collect personal belongings
  • Do not use the lift
  • Do not re-enter the building until the 'all-clear' has been given either by the Health and Safety Manager or Evacuation Coordinator

Emergency Evacuation Chairs

Evacuation chairs have been installed in a number of buildings to assist persons to evacuate quickly and safely in the event of an emergency. In the event of an evacuation, all security doors automatically release. Persons such as wheelchair users can be evacuated using Evacuation chairs (by consent) which are located in the main buildings.

There are currently fifteen employees trained in the use of the Evacuation Chairs to assist persons in an appropriate and sensitive manner. Evacuation chairs can provide a fast, safe, reliable means of evacuation. They can also provide people with walking disabilities an equal opportunity for escape in an emergency.

All accidents, near misses and incidents involving employees, students, contractors and visitors must be notified to the Health and Safety office on the day of the occurrence or as soon as is practicable thereafter using an official accident report form. The details of the accident, the person involved, what work was going on, etc. are all filled in giving as much explanation as possible as to the cause of the accident.

All employees are required to report accidents, dangerous occurrences and ‘near-miss situations’ that they are involved in to their immediate supervisor or Head of Department.

  • Accident: An accident can be described as an unplanned event or action that results in undesired consequences, e.g. injury, ill health, damage to the environment, damage to or loss of property, plant and materials
  • Incident: An incident is the sequence of events or actions that produces that accident. All accidents are incidents. However the definition of an incident is wider in that it also includes dangerous occurrences and near misses.
  • A near miss is an unplanned event that did not result in injury, illness, or damage - but had the potential to do so. Only a fortunate break in the chain of events prevented an injury, fatality or damage.

Accident Report Form and Witness Report Form are available from Reception Areas or the Health and Safety Office, or click to download below:

Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) are available at a number of locations on the Mary Immaculate College campus.

  • Tailteann Sports Complex
  • Main Reception
  • Lime Tree Box Office, TARA Building

The AED will make early defibrillation available to employees, students, visitors, contractors etc. who experience sudden cardiac arrest. The AED can only be used by trained personnel.

Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs)
Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs)
AEDs are available at a number of locations on the Mary Immaculate College campus

Safety Policies & Guidelines

The Mary Immaculate College Safety Statement has been prepared in recognition of the College's health and safety statutory duties and responsibilities, such as the Safety, Health & Welfare at Work Act 2005, and the Safety, Health & Welfare (General Application) Regulations, 2007. The Safety Statement is the College's policy, in writing, for safeguarding and maintaining health and safety standards and it specifies the manner to be adopted, organisation and resources provided for that purpose.

This safety statement is aimed at providing a framework for protecting the College Community from accidents, potential injury and ill health arising from the College’s work activities.

This Safety Statement is available to all employees, students, contactors and visitors. It can be viewed here: Mary Immaculate College Safety Statement

Events organised by both internal and external persons taking place on campus are subject to risk assessments.


Caroline Duffy

Health and Safety Manager Health & Safety Office
  • Phone: +353 61 204914
  • Email:
  • Location: C103
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