Other safety contacts

Additional UCC Safety Contacts

Additional UCC Safety Contacts

University Fire Consultant

‌Mr. John V.O'Callaghan is the UCC Fire Consultant. He works to the Buildings Officer.

Fire safety training, fire marshall training or emergency evacuation drills are provided  directly  by  B & E.

Please direct requests to jvocard@outlook.ie and bereception@ucc.ie].

Services available via other UCC Depts.

EMERGENCY Response & Emergency management of incidents at UCC.
Notify General Services UCC emergency tel. # 021-490[3111] ( Main Campus), 490[4311] ( Lee Maltings), 490[1501] ( Brookfield), 420[5800] (Western Gateway). Note [ ] = internal UCC extension #'s
Buildings & Estates UCC, manages the University’s facilities/utilities/physical estate and central repairs/ emergency response. See below and main dept web page for B&E services. see http://www.ucc.ie/en/build

Contact B&E of local Facilities manger for any:

  • HVAC issues or smells involving air conditioning systems.
  • Building maintenance/ repair issues / electrical, gas/ water supply issues or detection faults.

These are processed by emailing B&E at [bereception@ucc.ie)] or by phoning the B&E Help desk at extension 2480.


For departmental Safety issues, department safety statement adn safety consultation at local level- contact Head of Department and Dept. Safety Officer

Fire evacuation/ fire & emergency plans / fire training services. Contact the College Fire Consultant via the Buildings Office Extn.No.: 2480.
Fire safety training, fire extinguishers, fire marshal training or emergency evacuation drills are provided directly by B&E extension 2480. [Also email requests to (jvocard@indigo.ie) and (bereception@ucc.ie)]

Fitness for work/ work related illness/ injury assessments (including referral to College Doctor), contact the HR Dept. Employee Assistance programme contact the HR Dept.

Student Health matters and student vaccinations - Contact the Student Health Office.

WASTE CHEMICALS: co-ordination of waste chemical disposal (under licence) and with departments paying the disposal costs– contact Mr. Barrie Curley, Buildings and Estates Office Extn.: 2949

BIOLOGICAL SAFETY or RADIATION SAFETY ADVISORS or FIRE SAFETY advice at UCC advice see contact persons lsited below.

SAFETY REPRESENTATIVES - contact current Chair of Safety Representative group or local safety Representative constituency WEST EAST or Central. 


Staff Safety Representatives 2018 to 2021

Following a nomination process facilitated by the UCC IUG group in Feb 2018 with a comprehenisve 5 day training course to be organised by the University for first time safety reps in Q2 2018, the following are the 8 self nominated volunteers who the IUG have advised will now opearate as Staff Safety Reps on behalf of UCC staff. (These replace previous incumbents whos period of office expired March 2018)

Commencing 01-03-18, the 8 Safety Reps will operate for a period of 3 years.

UCC Staff Safety Reps are divided into three constituencies and these are outlined in the table below along with the relevant contact details, (+) designates statutory entitlements per SHWW Law to make representations on behalf of staff. Staff Safety Reps  represent UCC staff ( not Unions or the H&S Office or other employers on UCC sites).

Note: Staff safety consultation and resolution of safety issues remains focused on normal departmental interactions and use of normal University mechanisms.

In all cases, staff should raise and attempt to resolve genuine health or safety issue through normal department /School/College/ Functional Area line mangement channels - commensurate with line mangement responsibility for h&s at UCC under UCC Safety Policy, the existence of genuine risk (versus perceived) and with regard to the actual level of risk within the originating department, reasonable timelines for consideration & resolution and line manager obligations to manage and prioritise actions based on risk assessment/risk  levels, as far as is reasonably practicable principles and the availability of resources for competing risk priorites.

Safety Representatives may be contacted for ‘advice’ or ‘guidance’ if staff feel that a specific problem cannot be addressed locally through the normal channels, having firstly utilized such channels.

Line management are obliged under SHWW law to a) consult with staff and Safety Reps and b) give due consideration to safety issues raised by staff and Safety Reps. Responsibility for managing of h&s however rests with the line manager/ Head of Department. (This includes any/all decisons and actions mangement  deem appropriate wwith regard to compliance with UCC Safety Policy and SHWW law, risk assessment and prioritisation of competing h&s risks/actions).

Central Constituency Staff Safety Representative (+)

 UCC extension #

 doconnell@ucc.ie 1) Dr. Donnacha O' Connell (Chemistry) * ^ 2309
 k.oregan@ucc.ie 2) Kevin O'Regan (B&E) *

2460 & 1893


3) Brendan Dockery (Geography Dept))  


4) Verid Ahern (Student Experience)  
 Western Constituency Staff Safety Representative (+)  


1) Gerry Moloney, (Anatomy WGB)  


2) Orna Hayes (ACE Western Road)  
 Eastern Constituency Staff Safety Representative (+)  


1) Eileen Hurley ( Tyndall) * 6304



2) J. Griffith, Rollefson (Music Dept, Sundays Well)  

The following is an outline of the UCC areas in the various constituencies. (Please note that this is not an exhaustive list of buildings)

East Constituency: Connolly Building (Pres), Tyndall, Enterprise Centre, St. Vincents and all other properties and work areas within the constituency incl Haulbowline/Ringaskiddy and Farranferris to the east.

West Constituency: Brookfield, Western Gateway,Dental Hospital, various departments at Cork University Hospital, and all other properties and work areas within the constituency incl faciliites at Pouladuff Togher, Sarsfield road and UCC sports grounds in Bishopstown, Lough Hyne and Dun Chiomhain. (excluding Campus Accommodation Facilities - independently controlled).

Main Campus: All properties and work areas on the Central campus UCC including the buildings located off the major roads framing the main Campus , the Mardyke Sports Grounds externally & the PE Office ( excluding Arus na Mac Leinn, the Honan Church, the Mardyke Arena and Campus Accommodation Facilities - all independently controlled).

Foot Note* designates a previously trained Safety Rep. ^ indicates outgoing group chair.

UCC Radiation Protection & Laser Safety Officer

As of 2012, Prof. Andy Ruth c/o the Physics Department takes over the role of RPO & LSO.

Prof Ruth reports to the VP Research.

Tel: +353 21 490 3761 (Office p/t) and 490 2057
Email: a.ruth@ ucc.ie

Web: http://www.ucc.ie/rpo


Biosafety Advice & GMO use.

Contact office of VP Research and Innovation.  http://www.ucc.ie/en/research//index.html

also see http://www.ucc.ie/en/geneticengineering/

Dr. Liam Fanning Chair BADGR group  +353 (0)21 4901281


Mr Kieran McManamon  Chair GE sub group  +353 (0)21 4902741


Mr. Pat Casey

GMO Compliance Officer &

Biological Safety Adviser ( ex April 2017)

+353 (0)21 490 1366


Health & Safety Office

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5 Carrigside, College Road, Cork