Incident Response: Dealing with Spills
“These guidelines apply if you’re responsible for storing and transporting materials that could cause pollution if they leak or are spilt. You are responsible for the environmental safety from your site and activities.
It’s always better to prevent spills happening in the first place. Safe secure storage, careful deliveries and staff training, on site and for drivers, are essential for pollution control. You are responsible for the environmental safety from your site and activities.
If you do have a spill, on site or during material transit, you’re responsible for its clean up and, if necessary, restoration of the environment. These can be expensive, particularly if groundwater has been contaminated. Fines or costs may also be applied through the criminal and/or civil courts.
You should carry out a pollution risk assessment.
A risk assessment can be carried out in stages:
- Identify the materials you store or handle on site and activities that may be a hazard;
- Identify and assess potential links between each hazard source, pathways and receptors;
- Assess the likelihood and magnitude of any potential harmful effects.
You should have a drainage plan drawn up that identifies all the surface drains, foul sewers and soakaways on your site, their direction of flow and where they discharge to.
You should prepare an Incident Response Plan for your site. Your plan should include:
- Contact details for someone from your business if there’s an incident ‘out of hours’;
- How you will clean up after a spill;
- How you will legally and safely remove residues from the spill;
- Contact details for clean-up contractors.
Plans should be as simple as possible and not contain unnecessary detail. You should make sure your pollution incident response plan accounts for the safety of staff and responders.
We recommend you give the information from your plan to emergency responders so they can include it in their own response plan for your site”
Spill Services and Equipment
In conjunction with our core business of tank surveying and installation works we can provide spill training, 24 hour spill response, spill contingency plans and oil spill kits.
On Site Assessments
We will attend site and evaluate the current spill response arrangements. Following our visit we will issue:
- CAD drawing illustrating the tank location, drains and all sensitive areas
- Laminated CAD drawing showing which drains need to be sealed off and in which order, to be fixed to tank
- Spill response plan specific to that site, will detail local authorities, water board, Environment Agency etc. that need to be contacted and what action needs to be taken in the event of a small, medium and large spill.