Keep the Details of Environmental Clean-Up Companies Close
Environmental Risks are Virtually Impossible to Eliminate Entirely
Similar to all health and safety dangers, nobody wants an accident to take place, but it is imperative to be prepared for this very eventuality. Even with exceptionally thorough and high-quality health and safety training being provided to employees, coupled with stringent safety controls and a strong health and safety culture in the business which is actively promoted by management, there will still exist the possibility of an incident or accident taking place.
Health and safety training and preventative measures can in most instances only reduce the likelihood of such an incident happening; it cannot ever totally eliminate any possibility of it taking place. Whilst substituting a hazardous chemical for another substance which is completely harmless may eliminate the risk from the hazardous substance itself, it will still not completely eliminate every possible risk to health and safety, as a person could still slip on a spillage or drop the container on their foot etc. Only completely shutting up shop and closing the business will actually eliminate every danger, but obviously this is not reasonably practical!
Environmental incidents also follow a similar theme in that for the vast majority of companies it will not be reasonably practical to take the drastic steps necessary to completely eliminate any potential risk to the environment. No matter how stringent the safety protocols and failsafes are, or how much training is given in the form of the NEBOSH Environmental Certificate qualification or similar environmental courses, there will also exist the possibility of an environmental incident taking place.
The Need to be Prepared for an Environmental Emergency
As such it is imperative for companies to be prepared to deal with an environmental incident which happens to take place unexpectedly, no matter how confident they are about their safeguards, working procedures and competence levels of their employees. The exact nature of the environmental incident will determine the appropriate action required, but it may be the case that it demands the services of a specialist environmental clean-up company to help remedy the situation.
Employees Should Not Put Themselves in Danger
Cleaning up the incident as quickly as possible is important for preventing the scale of environmental damage and the radius over which it spreads, such as seeping into watercourses and polluting water over a large area. However, employees attempting to clean-up the spillage without the specialist knowledge and protective equipment could put their own personal safety and well-being in peril. Whilst the urge to prevent further harm to the environment and clean up the spill will be strong, it could result in an even bigger disaster were people to become seriously ill as a result of coming into contact with hazardous substances.
Obviously prevention is the most preferable option, but once an environmental incident has occurred it is sometimes necessary to wait for the specialists to arrive on site, even if it does mean a greater negative impact upon the environment, rather than putting employees in harms' way trying to remedy the situation without the proper training and equipment to keep them safe when dealing with the substances involved. Even so, speed is still of the essence to prevent as much harm being done to the environment as possible, and so the clean-up specialists should be called in as soon as possible. This makes it important to have their contact details kept close and in a location where a lot of people know and can access them easily. By getting the team in quickly before the pollutants can spread even further, the less negative impact there will be upon the surrounding environment.