Individual Schools, Unit, Research Facilities and Research Groups will need to plan at a local level for managing their operations during power cuts in a safe way. Guidance templates are provided in the quicklinks below which can be used as a starting point for planning, however each entity will have its own idiosyncrasies which will have to be assessed and planned for.
Schools should have plans in place to deal with short term interruption to the delivery of face to face teaching and laboratory / practical classes. They may also need to consider how to manage examinations during a power cut. Due to the challenges posed by the loss of IT equipment, limited lighting and the interruption to safety systems in some laboratories, the ability to teach or to hold examinations during a power outage will be significantly reduced.
Schools, Unit, Research Facilities and Research Groups involved in laboratory and workshop based activities will need to identify for each laboratory and workshop the necessary steps to be taken in advance of any power outage and the limitations scheduled power outages will have on research capacity, in particular on plant such as fume hoods, gas detection systems, freezers, etc. They will also need to design a list of responses that have to be implemented in the event of a sudden power
Any contingency planning should include a communication piece that ensures all persons in the School, Unit, Research Facility and Research Group are aware of the steps they must take both in advance of and during a power outage.
Managers of technical or complex facilities may wish to develop a list of key operational staff whocan be contacted to enact any contingency plan.