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
The forth protection layer to help us minimize and reduce the impact of accidents is the ’emergency response layer’. As the first three layers may fail, the forth layer becomes extremely important for life saving. The emergency response protection layer depends on the skill and level of preparedness of the organization to respond quickly and efficiently to any accident regardless the time of occurrence. Hence it requires a good management system that will function properly when needed.
In order to analyse and improve the emergency response layer, we split it into three stages:
Stage 1. Creating reference scenarios and by the aim of simulation exploring the modes by which an event becomes 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 we can analyse include hazardous substances incidents, fire, spread of epidemics, floods, earthquakes, tsunamis, war and terror attacks and even failure of critical equipment caused by prosaic causes such as mechanical failures and human errors. .
Stage 2. Assessing the effectiveness of the emergency response layer by means of drills and egress-simulations to those who have to act immediately (immediate response). Where needed we guide and drill the emergency response team and verify its capabilities to take all necessary life saving actions when needed.
Stage 3. Drilling and assessing the functioning of the organization during emergency situation, from the immediate response of the management to the long-term reaction to recover from the disaster and manage the business continuity .
Our basket of products includes meticulous preparation of each stage separately or an integration of the entire emergency-response layer for a comprehensive solution. Among others, our basket of products includes:
- Deterministic risk assessments, consequence based risk assessments, statistics based risk assessments and quantitative risk assessments, QRA. Our risk assessments enable calculation of the affected area, separation distances, estimating casualties, dynamic evaluation of spreading or “rolling” of an incident, all using the best models available.
- Setting up and drilling of emergency teams, ERT, effectiveness analysis for emergency teams and if needed reinforcing the first three protection layers where the ERT may not respond quickly enough.
- Management drilling and examination of the management behavior during an on-going incident.
- Identifying critical systems, critical raw materials, critical employees and more. The analysis of the impact of a failure of any critical part on the supply chain and business continuity and thorough consideration of administrative and engineering solutions.
- Recovery assessments.
- Preparation of procedures, analyses, optimization calculations, including economic optimization and drilling of all of these.
Industry: institutions and public structures, construction, engineering and architecture
Even when our planning is a safe planning, and our prevention protection layer is perfect and our defense 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.