Pollution Incident Response Management Plan
Concrush Pty Ltd has prepared a Pollution Incident Response Management Plan (PIRMP) for their Teralba Recycling Facility.
This document will contain details of the actions that Concrush will undertake (if required) in the way pollution incidents are reported, managed and communicated to the general community.
These actions are the result of changes in the environmental requirements introduced by the Protection of the Environment Legislation Amendment Act 2011 and the Protection of the Environment Operations (General) Amendment (Pollution Incident Response Management Plan) Regulations 2012.
The aim of this document is to ensure there is:
Under the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 it is now required that all pollution incidents are reported to the EPA, NSW Health, Fire and Rescue NSW, WorkCover NSW and the Local Council when material harm to the environment is caused or threatened.
If the incident presents an immediate threat to human health or property 000 will be called first as Fire & Rescue NSW, the NSW Police and the NSW Ambulance Service are the first responders, as they are responsible for controlling and containing incidents.
If the incident does not require the attendance of an Ambulance or the Fire Service, or once the 000 call has been made, the following authorities in the listed order should be made.
NSW Environment Protection Authority Environment line 131 555
Ministry of Health 4924 6477
WorkCover 131 050
Lake Macquarie City Council 4921 0333
Fire & Rescue NSW 000
A site emergency can develop from a number of different causes: fire, earthquake, leakage of gas or chemical etc. This document sets out the minimum standards in the approach to planning and management of emergency situations. There will be a group of people employed who will take command on the declaration of an emergency on site. They will facilitate safe and orderly implementation of emergency procedures within the site, including evacuation of occupants, pending the arrival of the fire brigade or other emergency services.
This PIRMP has been produced as a guide for use on the site and establishes the administrative structure and procedures for the handling of emergencies at the premises. The procedures can only be a guide, as any emergency will have peculiarities that require some changes to suit the circumstances of that emergency. However, the basic instructions for advising of an emergency and the conduct of authorised officers during an emergency will not vary.
Authority and Indemnity
During emergency situations or exercises, the responsible persons will have authority to issue instructions to evacuate all persons from the site and/or areas. Such instructions are to be adhered to at all times by all employees and visitors. These personnel shall be indemnified against civil liability resulting from practice or emergency evacuation of a site where personnel act in good faith and in the course of their duties.
Emergency Response Personnel
All employees must be familiar with the relevant requirements of this procedure.
Emergency personnel must ensure that:
The Yard and Business Managers are responsible for:
Once the system is implemented:
The Yard and Business Managers are responsible for:
SITE EMERGENCY PROCEDURES
The types of emergencies that could lead to an evacuation are:
b) Spill of a hazardous or dangerous good
c) Natural disasters – eg fire, floods, earthquakes, or major electrical, hail or other storm.
d) Neighbourhood emergency
e) Civil incident or serious traffic incident
f) Medical emergency
2. In the event of a Major Chemical Incident
The Concrush site has been specially designed with bunded areas to contain any spills onsite. Any small spills are contained in the specific area and cleaned up with appropriate spill kits.
There are a number of ways a major chemical spill could occur:
a) Bund and tank rupture
b) Vandalism where containers are ruptured
c) Mobile machinery incident
d) Natural disaster
There are two types of major chemical spills to be included:
Onsite: where all the spillage is controlled by the bund system
Offsite: where the spillage flows offsite onto adjoining properties and/or river channels.
In the event of a major spillage, or contamination to personnel, the following procedure will be followed:
a) The area shall be evacuated at once.
b) Consult with the Yard Manager for the MSDS of the spilled chemical, if applicable.
c) If flammable, spray a mist of water over the spill and organise one of the tankers to vacuum up the liquid.
d) If non-flammable and water based consult with the Yard Manager to which holding tank the liquid can be pumped.
e) The immediate emergency actions are as follows:
f) Isolate the affected area by erecting a temporary barricade or using caution tape to prevent other persons entering the area.
g) Do not attempt to decontaminate the area, leave this to the staff that have been trained to deal with the situation.
h) In the case of fire, every effort must be made to prevent undue spreading of contamination.However, fire fighting must take precedence of the controls of contamination if safe to do so.
i) Normal work must not be resumed until the Yard Manager and Directors are satisfied that it is safe.
3. In the event of a Major Fire
In the event of a fire onsite:
4. In the event of a Bushfire or other Major Natural Disaster
Natural disasters could include – fires, floods, earthquakes and hostile storms: electrical, hail, and/or high wind.
5. In the event of a Neighbourhood Emergency, Civil Disorder or Serious Traffic Incident
6. In the Event of a Serious Medical Emergency
New Employee Induction
All personnel must be made aware of their work environment.
Major Incident Procedure
This procedure is for an incident in which the Regulatory Authorities will need to be contacted.
a) High visibility clothing, safety glasses, fork lift licence, PVC gloves, safety boots, sun hat & sunscreen lotion required when exposed to sun/extreme heat conditions.
b) Do not operate any machinery.
Major Incident Occurrence
Emergency services to be contacted and present on site.
Regulatory Authorities to be contacted and present on site.
Fire, (various types of fire)
Major Chemical Spill of a dangerous/hazardous good involving evacuation
Major gas leak
Other natural disasters – e.g. floods, earthquake, or major electrical, hail or other storm damage.
Any material harm to the environment is caused or threatened.
Civil incident or serious traffic incident
Who to contact in the following order
Notification Protocol for Regulatory Authorities
The Regulatory Authorities are to be contacted immediately, when a pollution incident occurs.
The pollution incident is defined as:
“When material harm to the environment is caused or threatened and when the clean up value will be more than $10,000.
Emergency Services Phone 000 anytime
The EPA Environment Line Phone 131 555 anytime
Ministry of Health Phone (02) 4924 6477
WorkCover Phone 131 050
Lake Macquarie City Council Phone (02) 1921 333
John Hunter Hospital Phone (02) 4921 3000