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Pollution Incident Response Management Plan
Emergency Response Procedures Solvents Australia has established written Emergency Procedures within their Manual of Work Procedures & Practices to cover three perceived possible emergency situations 1) Minor Spills and Leaks 2) Major Spills and Leaks 3) Fire These procedures are incorporated within the certified ISO 9001 Procedures Manual therebye ensuring that they are constantly reviewed and assessed as part of the auditing process required under the Quality Endorsement as certified by SAI Global. The procedures identify the actions to be taken in each event and designates those responsible for performing those actions and notifying the relevant authorities in accordance with the Pollution Incident Response Management Plan. Pollution Incident Response Management Plan Solvents Australia has also incorporated within their Manual of Work Procedures & Practices a Pollution Incident Response Management Plan as required under the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997. As this plan is included in the Quality Procedures Manual, it is constantly reviewed and tested as required by the Act. The required objectives of the Pollution Incident Response Management Plan are to: ensure comprehensive and timely communication about a pollution incident to staff at the premises, the Environment Protection Authority (EPA), other relevant authorities specified in the Act (such as local councils, NSW Ministry of Health, SafeWork NSW, and Fire and Rescue NSW) and people outside the facility who may be affected by the impacts of the pollution event minimise and control the risk of a pollution incident at the facility by requiring identification of risks and the development of planned actions to minimise and manage those risks ensure that the plan is properly implemented by trained staff, identifying persons responsible for implementing it, and ensuring that the plan is regularly tested for accuracy, currency and suitability. Relevant Authorities contact numbers: Fire and Rescue, Police and Ambulance (Emergency): 000 Environment Protection Authority: 131 555 Northern Beaches Council: 1300 434 434 SafeWork NSW: 13 10 50
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Contained Spill or Leak
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Contained Minor Fire
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Pollution Incident Response Management Plan Hazard Assessment: Three categories of products are stored on the premises, Category 1: Non flammable, Non toxic gases Category 2: Non toxic, combustible liquids Category 3: Non flammable, Toxic liquids Each of these categories has been assessed as for potential hazards based on the level of actual or potential harm to the health or safety of human beings or to ecosystems, and a pollution incident potential hazard and response applied using the matrix below. Incident Potential Hazard Level and Response VERY LOW: Non reportable ( considered trivial ) LOW: Reportable to EPA, WorkCover, neighbouring facilities HIGH: Reportable to Fire and Rescue, EPA, WorkCover, Council, local community Pre-emptive actions: The facility is fully bunded and leakage of liquid external to the facility is considered unlikely in most instances. Spill stations with absorbent materials are distributed throughout the facility including a stormwater drain seal. Fire extinguishers and hose reels are present within the facility, serviced and tested regularly. Inventory of products: Notifiable quantities of Dangerous Goods are provided annually to WorkCover NSW including site plans which show the locality of the premises, location of fire services and the nearest storm water course. A diagram indicating the location of goods stored within the facility is included in this plan and is attached externally on the building. Safety Equipment: Personal protective equipment provided to factory personnel. Self contained breathing apparatus present for emergencies Communicating with neighbours and local community: Fire and Rescue NSW and Northern Beaches Council have been advised of the facility’s location. Building has been appropriately signposted with relevant Hazchem placards. In the event of a major spill or fire, neighbours to be notified in accordance with Fire Service instruction applicable to the situation as required. Minimising Harm to Persons on the Premises; Written Emergency Procedures are contained in the Manual of Work Procedures & Practices which contains evacuation procedures and evacuation assembly point. Staff Training: This plan is integral to the Company's Quality Management Procedures. Staff training is an element of the procedures which are assessed on a continual basis. Contact Details ( 24 hour ): Mr. Colin Spencer Managing Director 0418 608 191 5. EMERGENCY PROCEDURES 5.1 MINOR SPILLS and LEAKS Isolate adjacent electrical equipment and sources of ignition. Use half-face mask provided in personal protection kit. Stop leak if safe to do so. Absorb and contain spill, using absorbents provided. Advise Production Manager and General Manager of incident. Check building exteriors for possible seepage 5.2 MAJOR SPILLS and LEAKS Send messenger to advise General Manager and Managing Director. If safe to do so. Isolate all electrical equipment within building. Eliminate sources of ignition (no smoking or naked flames). Move all unprotected personnel from building. Consider downwind evacuation of at least 250 metres. Do not touch or walk through spilled material. Wear self-contained breathing apparatus and full protective clothing. Stop leak if safe to do so. Check building exteriors for possible seepage Prevent spilled naterial from entering drains and waterways using spill response materials piovided or banking with sand or earth. 5.3 IN THE EVENT OF FIRE Send messenger to advise General Manager and Managing Director. For small fire, use extinguishers provided if safe to do so. For larger fire, notify fire brigade and police. Tell them location, material, quantity, UN number and emergency contact number. Evacuate all unprotected personnel to nominated assembly point. Consider downwind evacuation of at least 250 metres. Wear self—contained breathing; apparatus and full protective clothing. Move undamaged containers from fire area if safe to do so. Use dry chemical, C02 , foam or water spray. Cool containers with water spray until well after "fire is out. 5.4 FIRST AID Remove victim to fresh air —taking care not to become a victim yourself. Remove contaminated clothing and shoes immediately. If victim is not breathing seek urgent medical assistance. Apply resuscitation -— DO NOT use direct mouth—to-mouth if victim ingested or inhaled the substance; use alternative method or proper respiratory device — Administer oxygen if breathing is difficult. In case of contact with material, immediately flush eyes or skin with running water for at least 15 minutes. Seek medical attention. Keep victim warm and quiet.
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