Have you ever thought about what would happen to your business if it was affected by contaminated firewater?
Did you know that as well as causing untold damage to your business and the environment, it could put you at the risk of being fined, or even prosecuted?
It’s something to think about.
Having a clear strategy in place to mitigate the risks, and to plan your emergency responses in advance may save you the trouble.
Undertaking risk assessments can help you understand if your current processes are good enough, or if you need to put in place some additional measures to deal with any firewater run-off.
You can use this information to develop an effective strategy that works for you.
You should consider the following:
Containing the firewater is the best way to stop it from getting into the environment and causing damage. This is why you should try to find ways to contain the firewater fully.
You can do this by directing the firewater flow into an isolated drainage network, or by installing an impermeable membrane.
In some cases, you may even be able to recycle the firewater, which would be an added bonus.
Here are several suggestions on how to contain the firewater:
You can’t always contain firewater, but this should be assessed thoroughly. The most important point is to prevent the firewater from entering the drainage system, and then to dispose of the firewater legally. Simple ways to do this include using drainage covers or spill kits.
Firewater management should be an important part of every emergency preparation and included in your PIRP and safety documents.
Everyone in your business should also be aware of the procedures and the equipment that you have in place.
Carrying out risk assessments that identify potential issues can help you stop them before they happen, and manage them efficiently if they do happen.
Being prepared for major incidents also protects your reputation and the morale of your staff and customers.
A Business Continuity Management Plan (BCMP) is specific to major disruptive events such as power faults, fires, or flooding – and not specific to events like terrorist attacks. It will help you continue operating your business in the face of an emergency and return to normal as soon as possible after an incident.
With a BCMP in place, you’ll be prepared financially and mentally for any major disruptions, and that will, in turn, help you save money and time – as well as your invaluable reputation.
If you want to find out more about our Business Continuity Management Plans (BCMP), just get in touch with the RM team, today!