As with any other situation, call 999 if there has been a serious incident. If you are taking your Society abroad, make sure you know the local emergency number.
On campus you should always call 0131 455 4444 to alert the security desk of the situation (if you have access to a landline on campus just dial the extension 4444). The security team will locate a first aider and guide the emergency services to the correct location quickly.
As leaders of your Society, you are responsible for the safety of everyone attending your meetings, events and trips. It doesn’t take long to think critically about what you’re doing and complete a risk assessment – in fact such skills will likely be invaluable in whichever job you go into after University.
A risk assessment is exactly what is says – an assessment of risk. You do this all the time when crossing the road or riding a bike. Consider the situation, think about what could go wrong, and find the safest way to proceed.
You can download a risk assessment form here, which should be easy to complete, and it includes examples and guidance for you to work from. Come and see ENSA if you need additional help.
We understand that a lot of Society activity is not inherently risky, but if in doubt, check with us.
Alcohol can be a major exacerbating factor in risk. Taking simple steps like making sure everyone knows how to get home from the pub, not letting people leave a club alone, and not encouraging people to drink beyond their limits, can reduce the chances of something going wrong on a night out.
While alcohol can and does play a large part in a lot of social activity in the UK, consider that not everyone does drink and that by having every meeting in the pub, you may be alienating potential members.
After an accident occurs...
Please let ENSA know as soon as possible after an accident or incident occurs, whether this is a minibus crash, a member being taken to hospital, or an arrest. Not only can we help resolve financial and legal situations, we also have emergency contact details for Society members, and can act as a barrier between the Society and the press if need be.
Alcohol, Drugs and Cigarettes
For advice on the risks and sources of help for these, please see our advice section.