EMERGENCY RESPONSE ASSISTANCE PLANS ( ERAP)
An ERAP or Emergency Response Assistance Plan is a plan that describes what is to be done in the event of a transportation accident involving certain higher risk dangerous goods. The ERAP is required by the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations (TDGR) for dangerous goods that require special expertise and response equipment to respond to an incident. The plan is intended to assist local emergency responders by providing them with technical experts and specially trained and equipped emergency response personnel at the scene of an incident.
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The daily activities of enterprises and communities may involve the use of dangerous materials; therefore, the use and management of such must be carried out in view of protecting lives, health, goods as well as the environment.
All organisations dealing with dangerous materials of any type need to foresee having an emergency plan including one for minor/major spills. Therefore, all industries, transporters, municipalities and governments must have an intervention plan regarding any and all dangerous materials.
As members of CERCA (Canadian Emergency Response Contractors Alliance) we pride ourselves in applying the highest standards of intervention in any environmental emergency.
In addition to responding and/or intervening to emergencies, our enterprise also offers the service of supervising the clean up and recuperation of dangerous materials in industries, on the roads or on water.
Finally, we are here to share our vast area of expertise, be it by way of training or creating/editing your Emergency Response Plan (ERP).
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EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLAN (ERP)
Emergency measures: You have legal obligations!
Do you remember the following events?
Montreal’s ice storm (1998), the explosion of an acetone reservoir in Sherbrooke, QC (2012) or the explosion of a train in Lac Megantic (2013)?
In all of these situations the contribution of several respondents was necessary in order to coordinate an intervention and a gradual progression plan.
According to the magnitude, even on a smaller scale of potential risks, all enterprises must develop an emergency evacuation plan in order to be able to deal with various probable scenarios (fire, explosion, spills of hazardous materials, etc…)
So, how can you reduce the impact of an emergency situation in your organization?
How do you develop and implement a general emergency intervention plan?
Where do you even begin?
Here’s a rather conventional manner with a preview of some elements you should integrate into the planning of emergency measures:
- A list of possible emergency situations/scenarios in your enterprise
- Evaluate the sensitivity of your emergency situations
- Development of an intervention procedure for the various emergency situations
- Organization of the room of coordination of emergencies
- The establishment of the team of coordination of urgent measures
- Simulation of certain emergency situations
- Communicating with the media
- Returning to regular activities
This is certainly not a procedure that is easy to put into place. Reason being that it’s pertinent to plan ahead, organize and strategize your plan prior to an emergency!
Remember, your company has legal obligations which are imposed by the law:
Act respecting occupational health and safety, Regulation respecting occupational health and safety, Fire safety Act, Civil protection Act, Environmental emergency regulations, Canada Labour Code, Canadian Occupational Health and Safety Regulations
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