Emergency Planning for Industrial Hazards by H.B.F. Gow, R.W. Kay

By H.B.F. Gow, R.W. Kay

Court cases of the eu convention on Emergency making plans for business dangers, held on the Congress Centre, Villa Ponti, Varese, Italy, 4-6 November 1987.

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The general criteria to be followed when drawing up and organising plans are well represented by — clarity and conciseness; — flexibility; — involvement of all public organisations; — revision and updating of emergency management; — concrete definition of tools for emergency management. From the operational point of view, it laid down (a) procedures: — definition and location of forces available; — mode of intervention; — criteria of use; — hierarchical organisation; — human resources and materials available; (b) intervention phases: — pre-alarm; — alarm.

Emergency plans are not born fully formed like Venus rising from the sea but are subject to a process of continuous evolution, progressing from a broad rudimentary start to greater and greater detail and coverage but in which perfection is never likely to be achieved. All plans need to be maintained and updated on a regular basis. The emergency planner It follows from the obvious importance of the emergency plan that the emergency planner must be a professional trained to analyse the problem and to identify the resources and actions required as well as those available in practice to solve or counter it.

This necessitates honest explanation of possible dangers and maybe involvement of the public in the plans [12–14, 16 ]. 3 Flanking safety precautions Experience has shown that it is not sufficient to issue safety regulations and bans in order to achieve in practice an optimal safety standard. Control instruments are also necessary, so as to monitor whether the regulations are being adhered to, as well as measures to increase the motivation of the employees to act in a safety conscious manner (including training schemes).

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