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  • 1. From Compliance toExcellenceReviewing the Barry ChemicalComplex COMAH Offsite Plan
  • 2. Introductions New Emergency Planning Unit:Debbie Spargo (Principal Officer)Dominic Mellon (Senior Officer)John Howcroft (Officer)
  • 3. Why review the plan? Regulations:Require the plan to be reviewed notless than once every three yearsRequire the plan to be reviewed inlight of changes to legislation,regulations, operations and lessonslearnt from incidents
  • 4. Why review the plan? Recent incidentsOffsite alarm sounded three times in2005Concerns over how the incidents werehandledMulti-agency debriefingDesire to improve arrangements
  • 5. Whose plan? Written by Local Authority Written for Barry Chemical ComplexDomino Group Used by Emergency Services andsupporting agencies Regulated by the Competent Authority(Heath & Safety Executive andEnvironment Agency)
  • 6. Who reviews? Local Authority must review the plan Emergency Planning Unit providesexpertise and resources Planning Group established with keypartners Consultation with stakeholdersincluding public through Council
  • 7. How is it reviewed? Preliminary meeting Review of old plan document Risk Assessment Review of activation and escalationarrangements GIS! Review of response actions Draft document produced Primary Consultation Secondary Consultation
  • 8. Preliminary Meeting Held with key partners Laid out framework for plan reviewprocess Identified key areas for consideration Introduced new team and put faces tonames
  • 9. Review of old plan Systematic review of the plan Pro’s & Con’s Best practice Compliance with the regulations Compliance with Civil ContingenciesAct 2004 Pruning!
  • 10. Risk Assessment Basis for all emergency planning Requires information from siteoperators Considers likely scenarios forresponses Includes socially/environmentallyvulnerable/sensitive areas
  • 11. Activation & Escalation What kind of emergency? When to activate the plan? When to sound the alarm? Who responds? How may respond?
  • 12. GIS! …where to respond? Geographical Information System Used by Council for Planning etc. Can be used by all agencies Little effort – BIG rewards!
  • 13. Example map…
  • 14. Response Actions ‘…right hand knowing what the lefthand is doing…’ Drives changes to individual agencyupdates Objectives for exercises Landmarks for debriefs
  • 15. Publication & Consultation Regulations require…Consultation with respondersConsultation with regulatorsConsultation with public Primary Consultation with PlanningGroup Secondary Consultation with Council
  • 16. Questions (from me to you) Is the klaxon sufficient for warning of ‘offsiteemergency’? How important is it for the plan document to be ‘in thepublic domain’? Do you feel it is sufficient to consult with the localCouncil on behalf of the public? What information about emergency planning wouldyou like to receive in the future? How would you like emergency advice to bepresented/distributed? Has this presentation been valuable/interesting?
  • 17. Questions (from you to me) Any questions? Thank you.