Chemicals are used in many facets of modern life. They purify drinking water, increase crop yield in farms, and make household chores simple. However, chemicals can be hazardous to people and the environment if they are improperly handled or released. A hazardous materials emergency can occur at any stage: production at a plant, storage, transport, usage, or disposal. The community and the environment are at risk if a chemical is used in an unsafe manner or released in harmful amounts. Companies that use hazardous materials need to have a plan in case an accident were to occur to help minimize risk and the potentially serious consequences associated with them. By crafting an emergency plan, you demonstrate your company’s commitment to the safety of the environment and the community.
Planning for an Emergency
Companies that use hazardous materials often must report this information to state and local agencies and committees, which then make this information available to the public on demand. These planning committees are also tasked with developing emergency plans in the event of a chemical spill or other emergencies deemed hazardous to the environment.
What Should Your Company Do?
A company that works with hazardous materials needs to have plans in place for their employees in the event of an emergency. This protects the company’s most important assets and clearly demonstrates their commitment to safety. Building an emergency spill kit is also a good first step. This includes items like any items the company may deem necessary in the event of an emergency, including contact numbers and/or plastic sheeting, protective gear, absorbent materials, duct tape, and disposal containers.
Drafting a company-wide emergency plan is another great step to take, and consistent vigilance will ensure that should disaster strike, your employees will act quickly and not put their lives on the line. This plan should include information on how the company’s employees should contact each other, give a rallying point for employees to meet, and the information of the emergency response team to contact.
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