5 Things FENZ Would Like To See In Your Emergency Response Plan

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Fire and Emergency NZ

The Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA) and regulations require operators of sites with hazardous substances to prepare emergency response plans (ERPs) for their sites.  The regulations give Fire and Emergency (FENZ) a mandate to review and comment on those plans.  Yes - this means you may need to submit your ERP to FENZ for review and comment.

Why is this?

This is so as the fire truck rolls into your site and your hazardous substances are burning, exploding or producing an infurno, the team on the truck know what they’re about to encounter and they can adequately prepare. 

The five things that FENZ want to see on your emergency response plan are:

  1. Brief details of what the business does, occupancy and emergency contacts
  2. Site layout plan(s) with key information such as location of hazardous substances, safety equipment, access, water supplies and drainage
  3. Hazardous substances classes and quantities – they want no surprises about what’s on the site
  4. The main emergency scenarios identified
  5. Fire protection and emergency facilities on site

Your plan needs to be robust

The emergency scenarios in your ERP need to be robust and detailed, for example, outlining that once a fire is identified the fire department will be called is not enough. Details to consider and include are:

  • How will FENZ be notified?
  • What are you doing while you wait for them to arrive to protect life and the environment?
  • Who’s meeting FENZ when they arrive?
  • What details will you include in the breif when they arrive?
  • Once the fire department have contained the infurno what steps will you take to clean up?

Remember there are also requirements that the Test Certifier needs to see in your plan including the type of fire extinguishers you have, their location, and evidence that the plan has been tested at least annually.  You can use our ERP Checklist for this.

Emergency response planning takes time and all scenarios need to be considered and planned for.  If COVID19 has taught us anything its that we need to plan for things we think will never happen.

For more information visit the FENZ website or contact Chemsafety to talk to one of our HSNO Consultants for help in developing your Emergency Response Plan.