Whether we realise it or not, safety is one of those things that keeps us alive. We don’t mean to scare you but it is important for everyone to be educated in all types of safety and to remember to put safety first in all cases. Safety is part of our everyday lives which is why, when we talk about safety we need to look at a number of areas. Your safety is very important to us here in the Students’ Union. As soon as you start your classes, please make yourself aware of the evacuation procedures for the classrooms, blocks  and buildings that you will be using in case there is an incident/fire. This information can be found in the corridors and on doors.

It is important to look after your own personal safety, make sure your accommodation is safe and secure, use the roads safely, and also take care around fire.

Emergency response team call out

In case of emergency, call the Emergency Response Team and tell them:

  • Phone number you are calling from
  • Location of incident
  • Chief complaint
  • Number of Patients
  • Age (approximate)
  • Gender
  • Conscious? Yes/ No
  • Breathing Normally? Yes/ No
  • If over 35 years – Chest Pain Yes/ No
  • If trauma – Severe Bleeding Yes/ No

Dial 6112

When using a mobile phone dial (021) 4326112


Check out the MTU Health and Safety page for more information of Safety on Campus

General conduct & behaviour

Yes, college life is supposed to be about having fun but remember to act responsibly. As a MTU student you represent MTU and yourself and you should respect that. MTU Student Regulations exist to ensure that MTU remains a safe, pleasant and friendly environment for all who occupy it. Students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with responsible behaviour towards other persons and property within and outside the Institute campuses at all times. Respect and regard must be shown towards your studies, lecturers and any academic activities. You must not engage in any behaviour which may constitute any inconvenience or nuisance to any person(s) within or outside the Institute. Failure to comply with any of the regulations will result in a student disciplinary action.

Many of you will be living in the Bishopstown and surrounding areas during the college term. It is essential to remember that you are coming into a community where people have set up homes and lived for many, many years. You must respect them and the community as a whole at all times. Here are some tips on staying on the right side of your new neighbours:

  • Get to know your neighbours. In your first couple of weeks, call around to the people living at either side of you and introduce yourself. Both parties will feel much better when you know who you’re living next to, and it may come in handy if you ever run out of milk or sugar.
  • Avoid too much noise/late night parties. These will greatly upset and inconvenience your neighbours and any relationship you have built up with them will fall apart. You need to be considerate and understand that these people may have children, may be elderly and can be scared by all the noise, or may have work the next morning. If you are having some friends around, let your neighbours know beforehand out of courtesy, and in order to stay out of trouble, avoid bringing a crowd back to the house after a night out.

Your college life will be a lot easier if you stay out of trouble. You would be surprised how easy it is to be picked up for a public disorder offence for things like being drunk in the street, so please be conscious of your behaviour. If you do get yourself arrested you will find that boundaries in your life have suddenly appeared.  It will come almost impossible to get a visa to go to places like America or Australia.

Your offence will also be permanently on your record, which means if you have to be Garda Vetted for a job, you more than likely will not get the job. Don’t forget you need to be Garda Vetted for courses such as Social Care and Early Years Education. You will find yourself with less options in life if you find yourself in trouble, so think twice before you do something stupid.

Road Safety

Road safety applies to everyone who uses the roads, be it as a driver, passenger, pedestrian , cyclist and even when using any public transport. Road safety is important to keep in mind. Many of MTU students fall into the 17 to 24 year old age bracket, the age bracket that represent the most road fatalities year after year. When you think about all the students that go back and forth from home to college over the weekends, it’s easy to believe how many students die on roads.

  • The law is there for a reason, for your safety. Abide by the law and respect speed limits, always wear a safety belt and don’t ever take alcohol  and/or drugs and drive. Not only will your life be at risk but others will too. Remember you can still be over the legal limit the morning after a binge so give it a few hours before you get behind a wheel.
  • Of course, don’t let your friends drink and drive either and if they do, don’t be a passenger. It may not be the cool thing to do, but you should report any drunk driving to the emergency services, it could save someone’s life.
  • Don’t text or talk on the phone while driving. You’ve seen the ads, you know what can happen.
  • Always be aware of cyclists and pedestrians, especially at night time when they may not be visible.
  • Feeling sleepy? Pull in and have a nap and drink coffee, then drive when you feel able to. If you fall asleep at the wheel you may never wake up.
  • When parking, avoid isolated or darkened areas. Use somewhere that is well-lit at night
  • Always wear a helmet. According to a recent research, helmets provide a 63% to 88% reduction in the risk of head, brain and sever brain injury for all ages of cyclists.
  • Always wear luminous clothing such as a hi-vis vest, fluorescent armbands and reflective belts so that other road users can see you.
  • Use the many cycle lanes around Cork and Bishopstown. Familiarise yourself and obey the rules of the road and respect other road users.
  • Visit the RSA(Road Safety Authority) website for more information.
Motorcyclists - Top 10 Safety Tips
  • Be vigilant. Look into the far, middle and near distance, and behind you, using your mirrors and checking over your shoulders, before changing position or turning.
  • Keep your distance. In wet or icy conditions, always leave a bigger gap.
  • Be seen. Make sure your position is correct. Use dipped headlights and wear high visibility clothing (such as a neon vest and ‘Sam Browne’ reflective belt).
  • Avoid surprising others. Never do anything on the road that could cause another road user to slow down, brake or swerve or that could startle pedestrians.
  • Think like other road users. Anticipate how they might react.
  • Read the road. Ride to current road, weather and traffic conditions.
  • Match your speed to the conditions. Never let others dictate your pace.
  • Never ride your bike after consuming alcohol or drugs.
  • Maintain your bike properly. Regularly check petrol, oil, water, damage, electrics and tyres.
  • Take lessons from an experienced instructor. See every ride as a chance to improve your skills.
Safety gear
  • Wear appropriate clothing and a secure helmet every time you get on your bike.
  • Jackets and trousers should give you enough protection from impact, abrasion, cold and weather conditions.
  • Use body armour on vulnerable areas such as the back, knees, elbows, shoulders, hips and shins. This should be adjustable so it fits snugly and does not move in a crash.
  • You should wear a good reflective jacket to make you more visible on the road.
  • Wear protective gloves, and footwear that at least comes above the ankle.

Click here for more information about keeping you motorbike safe.

Pedestrian Safety

Although you can’t be responsible for the way people drive, you can take a number of steps to make yourself safer as a pedestrian:

  • Stop, look and listen.
  • Don’t try to cross the road between parked cars.
  • If possible, cross at a pedestrian crossing or traffic lights.
  • Never cross at a bend.
  • If there is a footpath use it.
  • If there is no footpath, walk/run/jog on the right hand side of the road, facing oncoming traffic and keeping as close as possible to the side of the road.
  • Walk no more than two abreast and if the road is narrow or there is heavy traffic, walk in single file.
Transport Safety
  • Stand near a group of people in a well lit up area if waiting for a bus or train at night.
  • Make sure that the bus or train is going in the direction you want to go in and that you are not left stranded.
  • Get a taxi if you have missed the last train or bus.
Personal Safety
  • Do not carry large amounts of cash or any important documents, around with you unless you need them.
  • Know how you are getting home before you go on a night out. A taxi between a few of you together could cost as little as €2 each.
  • Always try and walk or travel with other or in a group, remember there is safety in numbers.
  • Be mindful and careful that your bag is closed and close to you especially if you have to leave it down at any time.
  • Always walk through well-lit areas at night time, never use shortcuts.
  • Do not leave any expensive items or belongings (phones, cameras) visible in a bag or pocket.
  • Be careful when withdrawing cash from an ATM watch who is around you.
  • Trust your instincts. If you do not feel comfortable somewhere or with someone, LEAVE and contact someone you trust straight away.
  • Log your phones IMEI number. If your phone is stolen then it can be turned off if thieves try to use it. To find out your number, look behind the battery or dial *#06# into your phone and it will display the IMEI number on your screen.
  • Know your emergency contacts.  Gardaí: 99 or 112. Local Garda Station ( Bishopstown 0214541012/ Anglesea Street 021452000).
  • Take a look at the following link published by An Garda Síochána  on personal safety.
  • Here are a few tips on Personal Safety from USI (Union of Students in Ireland)
Fire Safety
  • Your apartment/house should be fitted with a working smoke detector already. If not ask your landlord to fit them, and test them regularly to make sure that they are working.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher or a fire blanket in the kitchen. Again you can ask your landlord to supply these.
  • Make sure all electrical appliances, sockets and leads are in good working order.
  • Do not overload sockets.
  • Do not use a chip pan, they’re too dangerous.
  • Check that the cooker/hob is off and always put out an open fire before you go to bed.
  • With an open fire, always use a fireguard and ensure that the room is well ventilated.
  • Plug out all appliances (Especially the TV and hair straighteners) before you leave the house or go to bed.
  • Smokers – use proper ashtrays and do not smoke in bed.
  • Keep heaters away from furniture and curtains and do not move them when they’re turned on. Make sure that there is good ventilation in the rooms where you use them.
  • Have an escape plan. Know the best way for you and your housemates to get out if you have to.
  • If lighting candles always place them in proper holders. Do not put them near items that can catch fire, never leave them unattended and put out all candles properly before you go to bed.

Take a look at this Fire Safety guide for some fire prevention tips in the home.

Water Safety

Cork has rivers, harbours, beaches, dams and lots of water basically, all of which can be very dangerous if you are not careful.

  • Stay away from the water’s edge especially if you have drink or drugs taken. It is very easy to fall in and it can have fatal consequences. Remember that when you drink, you may do things that you wouldn’t ordinarily do, so steer clear so stay clear of any potential hazards and don’t wander off alone.
  • Learn to swim it could save your life and others .It’s a really enjoyable form of exercise and makes your environment safer. Never swim while intoxicated, within an hour of eating or if you feel tired or weak. Leisureworld provides special deals for students for swimming lessons. Check it out here
  • You should only go swimming within view of a lifeguard on duty or with someone who has trained in lifesaving.
  • Don’t swim anywhere where there is a strong current. Don’t swim and chew gum.
  • If you are out on a boat, make sure you have life jackets and adequate safety gear. A mobile phone isn’t enough as it won’t work if it gets wet and it can go out of range of network. If you encounter a person in trouble in the water, call emergency services on 99/112. Do NOT go in after him/her unless you are trained to do so.
  • Throw a ring buoy to the person if there is one there or if you have a jumper or a length of rope that could reach him/her use it to pull the person in. Only do this if it does not put your at risk of falling in.

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