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Tanker accident on QE2 in Alberta spills 15,000 liters of gasoline…

A single tanker accident has resulted ~15,000 liters of gasoline being spilled along the QE 2 highway in Alberta near Balzac (Jan 20, 2015). It appears that no one was injured in the accident (good news!) which has forced closure of the highway while crews clean up the spill. While the spill is unfortunate, it is hoped that the clean up will result in minimal environmental impacts.

This event gives us all an opportunity to think about our business continuity and building evacuation plans. Think about it – if a fire fighter or police officer walked into your business right now and said you have evacuate due to a tanker spill across the street or around the corner – oh, and you will be out for 5 days. What will you do? Do have an accurate head count of who is in and who is out? Do you have a go kit with contact phone numbers, office keys, passwords to your online systems that you can take? Do you have muster points that you can use? How will you contact your customers, your staff, your suppliers over the next 5 days? How often? what will you say? How will you maintain services to your customers? Do you have insurance for the clean up of your building if it is affected? How long will that take?

Risk management principles include understanding your hazards, their likelihood and their impact. Once understood, you can then plan for, train to and exercise your program to better manage emergency events – whatever the cause.

ERMC can help you identify and answer those questions – especially those unique to your organization. www.ermcglobal.com 1.800.718.3762

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