HERS Nominated for International Award

05 October 2009


We are delighted to announce that the Hazchem Emergency Response Service “HERS” has been nominated for the Energy Institute [which incorporates The Institute of Petroleum] 2009 Award for Safety sponsored by Shell.


More information with all award categories and short-listed companies is available from -




The winners of the Energy Institute EI awards will be announced on the 19th November at the Sheraton Park Lane Hotel, London.


What is HERS?

"A co-ordinated national approach, by dedicated responders to resolve packaged chemical incidents and environmental emergencies quickly and safely - HERS is a major step forward in emergency response from a consortium of hazardous goods professionals which include The Hazchem Network, The National Chemical Emergency Centre, Braemar Howells and OAMPS Petrochemical"


The HERS Consortium was formed in 2007, and went live in 2008 and comprises 4 private groups providing a robust 24/7 Level I, II and III emergency response service for Packaged Chemicals incidents on UK Roads.


More information available from www.HERS-INFO.com


Why HERS is needed

In 2007 Hazchem Network were consulted on ADR changes proposed for implementation in 2009 that would replace the ‘Product Specific Tremcard’ with an ‘All Classes Tremcard’. Note “Tremcard” is a generic term for ‘Instructions in writing’ which are guidance notes for the driver and emergency services in the event of a chemical emergency due to leakage, RTI or associated incident in the carriage of dangerous goods. HERS was formed as a direct result of these changes in ADR.


Introducing the HERS Consortium


Hazchem Network – A company formed in 2004 to link ADR distribution companies involved in the carriage of palletised / packaged chemicals into the UK’s first pallet network devoted to ADR and the carriage of dangerous goods.

More Info – www.hazchemnetwork.co.uk


National Chemical Emergency Centre - The UK’s premier organisation that provides services and IT resource for private sector companies [as well as public sector bodies] involved in Chemicals and Dangerous Goods.

More Info – http://the-ncec.com


Braemar Howells [formerly named D V Howells] – A response company [with many response centres] involved in managing, cleaning up and restoring order after a chemical emergency; be it on the roads, rail, airports or at sea.

More info - http://www.braemarhowells.com


OAMPS PETROCHEMICAL– An insurance company specialising in Oils, Chemicals and Hazardous Operations and widely known within the logistics industry for their experience in handling issues confronting the industry where hazardous goods are transported.

More Info - http://www.oamps.co.uk



Meetings were held with Department for Transport [D f T], the regulators and enforcers, as well as the emergency services and industry bodies such as HSE, VOSA, Fire and Rescue Service, Ambulance Service, Highways Agency, Police Services etc – Via the ‘Practitioners Forum’. We gained official feedback coordinated by The Health and Safety Executive in the deployment of the HERS Decal and operating policy. A one-page driver Guidance note was approved to be issued to all drivers from companies associated with the Hazchem Network, detailing what to do if they have a spillage, RTI or incident in transit.


Level I, II and III Emergency Response Protocol


LEVEL 1 – telephone advice by a experienced graduate chemist

from the NCEC Control room at Harwell.


LEVEL 2 – On agreement with the depot [and/or] request from the emergency services, a Chemist / Operator from Braemar Howells can be sent to advise on clean-up and getting the situation under control.


LEVEL 3 - On agreement with the depot [and/or] request from the emergency services & insurers, a clean-up team from Braemar Howells, with transfer pumps and spillage clean-up equipment can be sent to get the situation under control.


The key issues HERS has confronted are –


  • Safety to highway users and emergency responders
  • Environmental Protection
  • Response to the change in Tremcards due to ADR 2009
  • Minimising road disruption and hence benefiting UK plc


More Information available from www.hers-info.com


So if you are involved in the carriage of dangerous goods in packages, you need to ask yourself - “Does your logistics provider have a robust Emergency Response Capability?”