For the operators and owners of oil spill pollution equipment there are a number of factors to consider if a reliable response is to be achieved. Pollution control equipment is often stored for long periods of time without being required. Then suddenly it is required to operate continuously in all conditions for extensive periods, this is a very tall order for any item of machinery or equipment.
Oil operations may be disrupted by severe weather events, natural disasters, human error, and similar events. An ability to mitigate the adverse impacts of these events depends in part upon the effectiveness of rigorous emergency preparedness and response planning.
Industries employ many different processes involving a wide range of different raw materials, waste products and final products. The hazards encountered are numerous and diverse. Site staff must be prepared to respond to fires of flammable liquid and compressed gases, hazardous material releases, rescues, security breaches and medical emergencies.
All organizations involved in emergency response have an end goal and that is the protection of life and property. This is the same for a Government Department, Municipal Fire or a Private organization. These organizations will be very similar in some respects and different in others.
Companies involved in oil exploration see some of the toughest operating conditions imaginable. These dangerous environments require that you have plans in place should the worst happen. Many organizations worldwide rely on predefined plans to ensure they’re ready to respond anywhere at anytime.
With all of the benefits that fire extinguishers provide for us, it is surprising that we don’t appreciate them more. In fact, the only time we tend to think about them is when we need them in an emergency. The only time we really hear about them is when they are unavailable, or when the are unable to do their job.
Local emergency response organizations often are on the scene of a pipeline spill before any significant resources deployed by the pipeline operator arrive. These 1st responder organizations vary significantly in capabilities and depth of resources.
High-rise buildings present several unique challenges not found in traditional low-rise buildings; longer egress times and distance, evacuation strategies, fire department accessibility, smoke movement and fire control.