Private Emergency Response. Who’s Qualified?
There is a growing trend in businesses being the first responders to their own incidents, the aim is to ensure a quick return to a business as usual environment. Be it by establishing an internal response team or hiring in emergency response contractors.
The current excitement around private sector activity represents “a fundamental shift” in emergency preparedness and response. By investing in restoring their own enterprises and repairing damaged supply chains organizations aim to stop the escalation of incidents and look to improve their turnaround times.
These activities have raised new questions over compliance and safety surrounding personnel training and qualifications. Failing to track who’s qualified and when a qualification will expire is major compliance and safety concern for these response teams and for organizations contracting in an emergency service provider. What are these concerns:
Ensuring that teams have valid qualifications
Teams operating in-house or providing contracted services will have highly trained personnel. These private response organizations need to ensure everyone has valid qualifications, meet expectations, and hold the required training hours.
Compliance with set standards.
Response personnel must be trained on critical aspects of response plans e.g. product transfers, air monitoring, containment options, incident command system. Its expected of them to produce team performance reports in a standardized format allowing for clear focus on training areas and monitoring of compliance.
Reporting to Governing or Regulatory Bodies
It's expected that there is open lines of communications to provide information up to a governing body or share across to an organization a teams contracted too. Governing bodies will expect comprehensive reports on training standards, qualifications obtained, exercising and incidents attended. This information should all be traceable and have a clear audit trail.
Here in [D4H] we're always interested in anything that aids responders in improving their capabilities. Being able to track qualifications and experience is one of the reasons we created [D4H] Personnel and Training.
Robert Charles [D4H] Technologies