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.
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:
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:
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.