Emergency Planning

29 May 2014

A critical aspect of chemical distribution is ensuring you have risk assessments, safe systems of work, training, countermeasures etc and then to stress-test their efficacy, as well as learn from the testing.

Hazchem Network in-conjunction with Warwickshire Fire and Rescue recently carried out an emergency exercise at Hazchem Network’s Hub in Rugby, simulating a major release of toxic product, and an evacuation of the facility with two men unconscious within the hub. The exercise was organised by Mark Height, Hazmat Officer at Rugby Fire Station.

The importance of planning and running regular training, simulated exercises and drills is vital to keep all the team familiarised with actions required to restore order. We have taken some video footage of the exercise to give insight into what happens behind the cordon when the blue-light services attend a major chemical incident.

Scenario : Hazchem Operator [Lewis McColl] on an FLT, and ADR Trunk Driver [Terry Heron of TWT Logistics] overcome by fumes of Toxic Hydrazine Hydrate UN 3293, Class 6.1 Toxic, PG III, Tunnel Code E, due to a large leak [liquid and gaseous vapour]from Drums punctured in hub.

Location : Hazchem Network Rugby

Time : 1930 – 2100 hrs 22/5/2014 [includes ‘set-up’ meeting, intervention and action and ‘wash-up’ meeting]

Actions : Warwickshire Fire and Rescue, assess situation with Graham Smith Operations Supervisor with SDS and incident information and what hazards the Rugby Fire Crew will confront. After Dynamic Risk Assessment, control centre set-up, wind direction ascertained, drains protected, ‘snatch and rescue’ deployed for the two casualties [with BA], first aid, chemical booms and adsorbents deployed by Rugby Fire Brigade [full self-contained chemical suits and BA], decontamination and wash-up, and order restored.

Attendance from Hazchem Network

Graham Smith – Technical Liaison with Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Hazmat Officers

Lewis McColl – Hazchem Operator on FLT and unconscious

Terry Heron – TWT Trunk Driver unconscious

Robert Symes – HW Coates Group QHSE Manager - observer

Dan Harris – Hazchem Technical Administrator [and DGSA qualified] - observer

Gary Gosling – Hazchem Operator [Emergency Fans and Light]

A Karim – Camera man, Observer and Technical Consultant

The incident is captured on video in 10 sections

1 The start of Exercise - Part 1

2 Incident occurs with Toxic Release - Part 2

3 Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Tenders - Part 3

4 Fire services setup - Part 4

5 Pre briefing on situation - Part 5

6 The Setup prior to rescue - Part 6

7 Snatch and Rescue - Part 7

8 Full Chemical Suit Intervention - Part 8

9 Decontamination snatch and rescue team - Part 9

10 Decontamination Post Rescue - Part 10

Planning is vital when working with Dangerous Goods, because your team need to be able to react robustly when a real-time / real-life incident occurs with Dangerous Goods. Though we would also indicate that even with freight outside of scope of ADR, there are still serious risks, including environmental repercussions – so emergency planning and training is vital even when managing non-ADR logistics. Contact Nada Marinovic to see how Hazchem Network can help your business with our ADR Infrastructure and our unique emergency response www.hers-info.com

Nada can be contacted via Mobile 07712 662431 or email Nada@hazmail.co.uk