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Major accidents or disasters: emergency preparedness, emergency response and recovery

Chemical Industry

Industries: chemical, light and heavy industry, energy, petrol and natural gas, production, storage and trade of hazardous chemicals and substances, green energy, food, metal industry, oil production and refining

At Hazmat we aim to provide our clients with the optimal solutions in each of the protection layers that are meant to reduce, prevent and minimize the risks at the organization. The protection layers cannot be considered as completed until the completion of the most misleading part- “the emergency response layer”. This layer is complex because it depends mostly on the human factor with very little support from automatic or passive protection means.

In order to analyse and improve the emergency response layer, we build it from three directions or stages:

Stage 1. Creating reference scenarios and simulate how the scenario evolves from initiation to an incident. Simulations and diverse risk assessments allow us to qualitatively and even quantitatively assess what is the expected damage (a risk assessment known as a probability risk assessment). The scenarios that capable to analyse include hazardous substances incidents, fire, explosion, spread of epidemics, floods, earthquakes, tsunamis, war and terror situations and even routine faults of critical equipment.

Stage 2. Using simulation and drills to assess the effectiveness of the emergency response teams (immediate response).

Stage 3. Using simulation and drills to assess how the organization responds, taking into account medium-term and long-term impacts that may affect the continuity, strength and sustainability of the organization.

We offer a complete basket of products to set a comprehensive emergency-response protection-layer. Among others, our basket of products includes:

  • Deterministic risk assessments, consequence based risk assessments, statistics based risk assessments, quantitative risk assessments, QRA. Our risk assessments enable calculation of risk ranges, estimating casualties, dynamic evaluation of spreading or “rolling” of an incident, all using the best models available.
  • Setting up and drilling of emergency response teams, ERT, effectiveness analysis of ERT and developing improvements where necessary to meet the goals of the organization.
  • Management drilling and examination of the management behavior during a rolling incident.
  • Criticality assessments (qualitative and quantitative)
  • Analyzing of routes to recovery from a disaster.
  • Preparation of procedures, disaster recovery plans (DRP), and the materials required to build a supportive and effective management system to handle major accidents and distastes.

Industry: institutions and public structures, construction, engineering and architecture

Even when our planning is a safe planning, and our prevention layer is perfect and our protection systems can stop almost any incident, we must ensure that the organization is prepared to deal with an incident that got through our defense layers and is threatening the inhabitants of the structure.
To do this, we’re suggesting a number of solutions to manage emergency incidents according to the organization’s motivation to protect the employees beyond the minimal legal requirements:

  • Preparation of a field brief in accordance with the Chief Firefighting Inspector’s Instruction 503.
  • Preparation of emergency and escape procedures.
  • Emergency and escape drills.
  • Setting up and drilling ERT emergency teams.
  • Criticality analyses.