Environmental Emergencies & Insurance

Response:

When there is a release of chemical, oil or other pollutant to the environment it is essential that there is a rapid and professional response to control it and to protect all that may be adversely affected by it.

In an emergency situation you need experience and a calm head to take control and make the right decisions quickly to minimise damage and to ensure measures are put safely in place to resolve things as fast as possible.  Our team are all highly experienced in the management, assessment, control and remediation of environmental pollution incidents having first-hand experience over the last 25years with incidents as large and complex as the Buncefield oil terminal explosion, to the loss of a few litres of kerosene from a domestic oil tank.

 

Approach:

We like to keep things simple and here are the six ‘C’s of our approach:

Control – provide immediate measures to make the incident safe and to prevent it getting any worse.  This is perhaps the most critical phase of any incident to minimise overall cost and timeframe for corrective action.

Calm – sometimes it is necessary to provide reassurance to those affected by a spill of what damage might have been caused, what the risks are and what the likely next steps may be.

Conceptualise – carry out investigations to define the problem and establish what damage has been done, what liability and risks remain, and what must be done to resolve the problem.

Correct– instigate an appropriate level of remediation which resolves the problem whilst protecting all affected parties interests.

Communicate – maintain regular contact and report to all parties involved in the project to update on progress toward completion.

Conclusion – ensure our work is completed to the satisfaction of all parties and provide documentation and evidence that the work has achieved all its objectives.

Resources:

Remtech has a variety of field resources which it can mobilise to an emergency situation including:

  • Air extraction equipment to control odour and vapour accumulations
  • Specialist ground investigation equipment including window sampling and rotary drilling rigs
  • Diggers and small plant
  • Environmental monitoring equipment including Photoionisation Detectors (PIDs), interface probes, dip meters and low flow groundwater sampling pumps and multiparameter water meters.
  • Groundwater extraction and treatment units for hydraulic control