If hazardous chemicals are present in your workplace, you need a comprehensive plan to respond to and manage uncontained spills. The time to deal with a chemical spill is before it happens, by planning and rehearsing what you will do. Planning and preparation for incidents reduces the likelihood of injury, destruction of property and damage to the environment.

An emergency response plan needs to reflect the particular circumstances of a workplace, take into account the type and quantities of chemicals on site, the scenarios that may lead to an emergency and an assessment of risks.

The plan might include a multitude of elements such as training needs, emergency procedures, access to critical information, emergency resources, site plans, notification of emergency services, evacuation and even PR/media management.

Do you need to develop, review or update an emergency response plan? Contact Chemical Safety International for more information.