ISO 14001 (4.4.7) Environmental Programs
|Response / Training|
Emergency response training and planning is crucial to responsible environmental management in today's business and regulatory climate.
Failure to be prepared results in direct risks to the environment, the health and safety of employees and the public. Spill Management Inc. (SMI) provides "Hands-on" training and planning to address increasingly complex environmental responsibilities. By following the ISO 14000 Standards, the programs are compatible with environmental management systems. They will help meet ISO 14001 (4.4.7) for Emergency Preparedness and Response.
Appropriate planning and training is highly visible evidence of corporate concern for the environment and addresses occupational health and safety issues. Preparedness reduces the risk of business interruptions, high remediation and disposal costs, legal expenses as well as civil and regulatory liabilities, all of which can result from a chemical spill.
Programs for Environmental Management
"Hands-On" Response Training
SMI response training programs address the diversity of conditions, risks and hazards that exist from the moment a spill occurs until the product is cleaned up and removed for final disposition. Programs also consider corporate policies, regulatory demands, industrial standards and the knowledge and experience of the personnel being trained.
The result is common-sense, “hands-on” training that uses both workshops and realistic exercises to develop the awareness, confidence and capability of the people who will be on the scene - employees, first responders, support teams and specialized resource personnel.
Through pre-training assessments and site visits, courses are tailored to the client's operations. They can address a variety of situations from small laboratory-type spills to large volume discharges of up to 5,000 litres per minute. The courses also reflect the reality that personnel who understand the risks and hazards of the chemicals in their workplace may respond more effectively than outside agencies.
The programs stress the importance of working safely around chemicals in both routine and emergency situations to address occupational health and safety needs.
Emergency Preparedness and Response
While site-visits and consultation are necessary for the development of site-specific and product-specific training programs, many organizations require more thorough assessments of potential environmental risks and hazards.
SMI's Environmental Preparedness Assessments are documented evaluations of a facility, products in use, existing response capability and environmental issues.
Key workers are invited to have a "hands-on" role by joining the assessors during a survey of a facility. These personnel exchange information and suggestions and gain a fuller under-standing of the assessment.
Such an assessment permits a company to develop training and educational plans as well as corrective and preventive actions that may be required. It may also identify gaps in environmental preparedness.
Effective response to emergencies requires an organization that is co-ordinated from the management authority to the capability of the first responders.
Through a "hands-on" workshop approach, SMI guides personnel in the development of such an organization. The planning process draws on the participants' knowledge of their work environment to help define essential levels of emergency administration and operations, along with the roles, responsibilities and authorities for each level. Required resources are also identified.
The planning process considers the physical site, the chemical products in use, training and capability of internal responders and available resources both inside and outside the organization, as well as corporate policies, legislation, regulations and other applicable standards.
Involving key personnel in plan preparation helps create a realistic, user-friendly plan that will deal with the hierarchy of a spill.
SMI provides expert reviews of spill incidents, including response, mitigation and cleanup. These reviews examine whether all reasonable actions were taken and whether the actions were environmentally sound and cost-effective. Preventive and corrective actions may also be recommended.
Communication with internal and external audiences is vital during an emergency. The public will want information; the media will demand it.
SMI's hands-on interactive communications planning involves personnel in identifying the issues and audiences they may face during an environmental event.
The importance of planning for communications before there is an incident is stressed, along with the development of strong corporate messages for employees, the public, interest groups, regulatory agencies, clients and suppliers.
Participants are given insights on dealing with reporters to help keep an environmental incident from becoming a corporate crisis.
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