The Phonetics Laboratory is open work days (Monday to Friday) between 8:30 and 17:00. The lab is locked and secured by alarms at all other times. A key-card is required to access the laboratory premises. Access to the laboratory after the regular working hours is only permitted under the specific responsibility of authorized laboratory personal. Anyone using the laboratory premises during non-regular working hours must be familiar with the alarm functions and is required to produce an identification card on demand. All doors in the laboratory must be closed and locked after regular working hours when the premises are not in use. If needed, the Technical Manager may grant access to parts of the Phonetics laboratory at times when the Department’s staff is unavailable. This must be reported by an E-mail to the Head of the department ( the same day at the latest. This information is required for security reasons, e.g. in case of fire in the premises.

Fire protection

The Phonetics Laboratory is equipped with smoke detectors and audible fire alarms. The high-level soundproof facilities – the anechoic chamber, the Perception laboratory and the Video studio – are also equipped with flashing fire alarms.

There are three fire extinguishers available in the laboratory area:
- by the emergency exit in the waiting room (foam extinguisher)
- at the entrance of Perceptions Lab/Training Lab section (soda-acid extinguisher + fire blanket)
- at the entrance of the Lab Workshop (soda-acid extinguisher + fire blanket)
A fourth fire extinguisher is placed outside the P.A. Borg recording studio by the elevators (foam extinguisher).

Candles are strictly prohibited in the Phonetics Laboratory.

In the event of a fire alarm it is compulsory to take immediate precautions to evacuate the laboratory and go to the designated “Meeting area” (currently outside House C down at the big parking lot, see evacuation plan posted in laboratory).

Risk assessment

Increased risk factors at the workshop premises are electric shocks that can be caused by experimental set ups including open electrical contacts, as well as injuries caused by hot soldering irons, chemical substances (glues and solvents) and high-pressure gas (helium and oxygen mixtures) containers. The workshop room must always be locked when no authorized laboratory staff is present.

The remaining areas of the Phonetics Laboratory have relatively low risk level. All the electrical sockets are protected by differential relays. The teaching laboratory may contain inflammable liquid disinfectants.

Small and loose objects potentially harmful for children are not allowed in and around the waiting room and the corridor. Special care is required when opening the toilet doors because small children can be playing or crawling just outside.
A First Aid kit is available in the preparation room, adjacent to the Workshop entrance.

Consumption and beverages

Eating or drinking in the Phonetics Laboratory is prohibited, except for the waiting room.