Preparing For An Industrial Emergency – How To Go About Emergency Preparedness!

Most large corporations recognize the benefits to emergency preparedness to protect their people and property in the case of an industrial emergency. They don’t want to lose important business by allowing interruptions in production and operations due to an industrial emergency.Effective emergency preparedness planning helps them identify potential hazards and conditions that might not have been recognized in the absence of planning and preparation. Industrial emergencies are not only costly. They can be deadly.A good emergency preparedness procedure will assure vulnerabilities are exposed and addressed. Just a few examples of the many possible vulnerabilities that could create or exacerbate an industrial emergency include inadequate maintenance of or outdated equipment, insufficient training for personnel, inappropriate supplies, or poor facility design.By developing a comprehensive emergency preparedness plan, corporations can correct potential problems before an industrial emergency occurs. Such planning can prevent losses of life and property and can protect the corporation from financial collapse.Companies that follow these basic steps will be more likely to prevent or survive an industrial emergency.The Emergency Preparedness TeamThe company should set up a solid planning team that includes both managers and staff with the appropriate set of skills and experience to conduct the emergency preparedness process.The team should establish a schedule, assign roles and responsibilities, and encourage wide participation in the process to assure buy-in and participation at all levels in the event of an industrial emergency.The Emergency Preparedness AssessmentThe first step in constructing an effective emergency preparedness plan is to assess current conditions and capabilities, including documenting the organization’s current preparedness assets (for example, describe what the company has available today to address power failures and how it handles them when they occur). A complete inventory of equipment, supplies, and personnel would be included, as would a review of the facilities involved.Emergency preparedness for an industrial emergency should also involve communications with local emergency managers in the community, such as floodplain oversight agencies, fire and police departments, and environmental agencies. This makes it easier to assess the possible impact of industrial emergencies on the community and to arrange for immediate and cooperative responses on the part of emergency responders.Having gathered exhaustive information about the facility, staff, and established procedures, the team will then develop a step-by-step outline to describe what must be done to respond to industrial accidents and prevent further damage. These step-by-step outlines should be developed for any conceivable problem (such as flooding, fires and explosions, natural disasters, structural damages, etc.).The team must ensure that the emergency preparedness plan include back-ups for major systems that must continue to operate in spite of an industrial emergency. It is important to assure that alternate power sources are available and that there are alternatives for staffing that will protect health and safety while operations continue.The plan should include steps to protect and retain important company records, and the team should identify any and all training necessary to prepare staff to respond.Finally, the plan should address emergency shut-down and re-start procedures should it become necessary to suspend operations during the industrial emergency.The team will then present their recommendations to management and most likely to staff as well. After a process of review and revision, the final emergency preparedness plan will be adopted and put in place.Emergency Preparedness Plan ImplementationAfter the plan is approved and adopted, it must be put in operation. Facility alterations, equipment configurations and replacements, emergency supply procurements, and a staff training program will be undertaken.Implementation should include establishing an emergency operations center and a way to ensure communications with state and local agencies that may be involved.When these efforts are complete, the company should be in a position to address any potential industrial emergency.If an industrial emergency does occur, the team will be responsible for assessing response effectiveness after the fact and then making necessary modifications in the existing plan.The company should not hesitate to modify current operating procedures to include health and safety measures that become part of the daily routine.After an industrial emergency, the corporation will have to assess damages and undertake needed repairs and reparations. Depending on the nature of the industry, community involvement and participation may be necessary, and the company should be prepared to work with community leaders and affected citizens who may have been impacted by the emergency. If the emergency preparedness plan has been successful, the company’s prompt, capable response should reassure the community that, despite the potential for industrial emergencies, the industry is an asset to the community.

New Grants Available – Is the Green Industry Destined for Great Times?

It seems like you can’t pick a newspaper or turn on a television these days without hearing about rising energy costs and the lack of sustainable resources. It is also well documented that the environment is under pressure and we all need to be that little bit more “environmental conscious and responsible”. Has all this exposure started to have a “knock on” effect, causing the rise in demand for green and renewable energy as consumers make an attempt to either improve the environment, or save money?. Alternatively is it down to the growing pressure from the government on employers to be more environmentally friendly – scoring additional “environmental points” to improve their bid towards that big contract? Whatever it is, the green industry could be set to rapidly expand with attractive government grants and investments becoming available to consumers as an incentive to improve energy consumption. Could this prove to be as popular as the “vehicle scrappage” scheme and breathe new life into the employment industry?The “Green Industry” has certainly come a long way over the last few years embracing new resources and making systems more affordable to install for both businesses and homes. The industry is no longer regarded as a long winded and expensive process for true environmentalists to get very little return for maximum effort. In contrast it is completely the opposite with more and more companies and celebrities investing in the technology and promoting the industry making it an exciting venture for the future. With various new products on the market offering increasing savings in an expensive energy market, more and more of us are beginning to look towards the “greener” grass on the other side of the fence.With the new government in place, the UK certainly has strong environmental ambitions with impressive targets to considerably reduce unemployment figures through this industry alone. Coupled with their recent policy on renewable energy and commitment to be environmentally responsible, they have invested heavily within the development of the industry, offering generous grants to consumers to install greener systemsReports detail potential skills shortages and unique opportunities for specialist staff developing throughout the renewable energy industry – due to the rise in accepted grants and consistently improving technology. A survey carried out from a leading research company within the industry employers recently reported that; 53% of respondents predicted the demand for their company’s green related services and skilled workers would increase in the future. In addition 37% said that they were concerned about the company’s future ability to satisfy those increased requirements.At present typical engineers earnings are being estimated between £18,000 to £25,000 per annum (employed) and £40,000+ self employed, with expectations that this will consistently rise as the demand for the services increases and experienced/trained staff diminish. Due to a changing industry we are expecting to see an increasing demand for a new specialised worker with key opportunities within design, installation, and maintenance.For obvious reasons this is a highly regulated and specialised industry and you won’t be able to just walk straight into a position without having the necessary skills and knowledge to perform competently. To cope with the predicted demand various training courses have been designed specifically for the industry – with no previous experience or technical knowledge required. However there is an assumption that by completing a course it will automatically qualify you for a new position regardless of your previous career history and experience. This isn’t necessarily true and it is naturally expected that preference from employers will be given to candidates already from a building services, technical, or engineering background which have decided to re-train specifically to work in the renewable industry.Nevertheless the government is estimating that there will be over 1,000,000 people employed in Green related industries by 2012, with key emphasis in solar and renewable energy. With current figures being far less than this, there should also be trainee and entry level opportunities available.With all this investment the industry is shaping up well and if targets are met, green opportunities will defy the economic slowdown significantly. We remain optimistic about the industry and hope that it develops as expected, providing new and exciting career opportunities throughout.Written by Andrew Childerley FIRP CertRP, Director of Technical Moves

What Makes an Industrial Painter Great

Have you seen the industrial walls and ceilings of your company?Many of businessmen because of their tough routine just ignore this step without noticing that their company needs to be perfect with some fresh coats. Poor looking walls, peeling flakes from walls and ceilings give a poor impression to the viewers about your company and you. Well, you know nothing about painting industrial area, all you need to do is just hire an industrial painter. First, see if your company is ready for industrial wall or floor painting?For this purpose, you need to choose a well-trained staff that is capable of handling your most challenging projects. Industrial painters’ priority is to satisfy their clients.An industrial painter is the one who can paint from facility walls and ceilings to tanks, equipment, and confined space work efficiently.Certain facts make a painter an industrial painter in a true sense because it needs a lot of effort and skills to be an industrial painter and deal with painting projects on a large scale with hard work.Expertise: A good industrial painter is specialized in his business like not all the painters are experts of dealing with projects on a large scale like an industrial painting. Expertise makes a painter great and skillful.Active and punctual: punctual and quick painter will not create disruptions to your daily work. He will ensure that you can continue your daily work while he is providing you his best painting job. He will try to minimize hurdles from your way and make everything perfect on time.Licensed: Hire licensed painters because there always guarantee their work and experience. They cannot run away leaving the project uncompleted.Cleanliness: It is an important characteristic that a painter must build himself it makes him efficient and unique. A neat and clean painter will perform a neat and clean job like him.Contract: A great industrial painter will be agreed on a written treaty about his work, warranty, timelines, and estimates. This step makes a painter’s job more authentic.Trouble dealer: An industrial painter must deal with all the problems and troubles in during the process of painting industrial areas like harsh walls, rough walls, holes in the walls, seepage, and peeling walls.Budget: Experienced and professionals will never agree to work for a low price as their professional works demand more than a little. It also depends on services, if someone is providing high-quality services he will charge more comparatively. A painter providing lower quality work will be agreed for a lower price.Reviews: Good reviews increase the demands of an industrial painter. People used to check online remarks as it is the best way to know how trustworthy a painter is and what kind of services he is providing.Hardworking: A painter is always a hardworking painter because industrial painting needs more techniques, time and effort than any other painting like a residential painting.Thank you.