Industrial Emergency Personnel: What is their role?

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Industrial Emergency Responders must be prepared to respond to fires of flammable liquid and compressed gases, hazardous material releases, rescues, security breaches and medical emergencies throughout oil, petro-chemical, pharmaceutical, pipeline, mining and port facilities.

Industrial Emergency Personnel don’t just respond to emergencies, they become a comprehensive resource to assist in planning and implementing the facility’s health, safety, and environmental protection initiatives.

By training and certifying response personnel in multiple areas, this allows them to switch from one role to another depending upon where they are most needed at a given time. This allows an organization's management to focus on their core operations with confidence. There are a variety of industrial emergency response functions to be filled to ensure the smooth operation of industrial facilities;

Control Room Functions:

Here personnel oversee monitoring and assessment of electronic systems such as fire detection, electronic access control, closed circuit television, alarm systems and other building systems to deter and protect against all illegal and unauthorized activities. They coordinate dispatch and communications for emergency response, incident management, and organization wide notifications of incidents. They will oversee handling of calls received relating to security and emergencies. There is a strict onus on them to ensure the integrity of data recordkeeping, reports, call logs, and other information.

Rope Rescue:

Rope rescue involves the use of static nylon kernmantle ropes, anchoring and belaying devices, friction rappel devices, various devices to utilize mechanical advantage for hauling systems, and other specialized equipment to reach victims and safely recover them. Three primary categories of rope rescue exist; high angle urban, mountain rescue, and cave rescue. There are significant differences between each in both technique and equipment. As a rule, urban rope rescue involves heavier equipment and is of relatively short duration. Cave and wilderness rope rescue involves lighter equipment with extended rescue times.

Confined Space Entry:

Confined space is a term that refers to an area that is enclosed with limited access, which make it dangerous. An example is the interior of a storage tank, which responders may enter for a rescue but which is not ordinarily a habitable space. Hazards in a confined space often include suffocation by unbreathable gases which may be present but not visible, submersion in liquids or free-flowing granular solids in grain bins, or electrocution. Often these spaces will have a predetermined rescue plan which incorporates the appropriate safety harness and other rescue equipment.

Investigative Responsibilities:

Often Emergency Personnel will work with their colleagues in Health & Safety to conduct review and analysis of records, data, and surveillance video after a response. They will have responsibility for documenting incident reports. Responders may also make recommendations for investigation activities required after attending incidents to ensure completion of workplace investigations records.

Fire Fighting Capabilities:

Firefighting is the act of extinguishing fires. A firefighter suppresses and extinguishes fires to prevent loss of life, and destruction of property and the environment. One of the major hazards associated with industrial firefighting operations is the toxic environment created by combusting materials.

Emergency Medical Services(EMS):

The goal of most emergency medical services is to either provide treatment to those in need of urgent medical care, with the goal of satisfactorily treating the presenting conditions, or arranging for timely removal of the patient to the next point of definitive care. This is most likely an emergency department at a hospital.

Hazardous Material Response:

"HazMat teams" are personnel specially trained to handle dangerous goods. Dangerous goods include materials that are radioactive, flammable, explosive, corrosive, oxidizing, asphyxiating, biohazardous, toxic, pathogenic, or allergenic. Also included are physical conditions such as compressed gases and liquids or hot materials, including all goods containing such materials or chemicals, or may have other characteristics that render them hazardous in specific circumstances.

Industrial Facilities must remain vigilant to the type and amount of risks in their operational area and ensure they've trained and qualified personnel.

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Robert Charles

[D4H]™ Technologies

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