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Part of the nation’s critical infrastructure
The power generation sector forms part of our national infrastructure and plays a critical role in helping to keep businesses operating.
The UK’s mix of energy resources has changed dramatically over the past few decades, with the nation’s energy generation being provided by resources such as biomass, gas, power plants, solar, hydro, onshore and offshore wind.
The power generation sector is a high-risk environment, where the foreseeable site-specific risks may affect business continuity:
|Confined space||Energy storage|
|Explosion and fire incidents||First aid and medical incidents|
|Live machinery||Power failure|
|Work at height|
In order to minimise risk and comply with regulations as well as meet its social and environmental obligations, it is crucial for this industry to implement effective emergency response procedures and site evacuation plans, which are frequently tested through practical simulations.
Emergency planning and site evacuation plans
The control room is a key element in facilitating smooth internal operations and employees working in the control room have major responsibilities. They must ensure all areas of the site are working and will also play a major role in delivering emergency response and incident management. They are also ideally placed to review and test these procedures, to ensure existing emergency response procedures are effective.
The importance of testing your emergency plans
Regular site-based exercises and testing of your site evacuation and emergency response procedures will help to determine:
Does your organisation have a requirement for a site-based response team?
With the level of site-specific risk, it is vitally important that your site safety record remains extremely high and the current level of response is equivalent to the risk profile of your site.
Your organisation has a duty of care to maintain high standards of safety for the wellbeing of your;
Some power generation businesses that operate on a 24 hour / 7-day shift basis may have a requirement for site-based confined space and work at height response and rescue, when operatives may be dealing with operations outside of your normal scope and procedures.
Increased risk profile during an outage or site shut down
During your site shut down or outage, the risk profile of your site increases due to factors such as;
If any maintenance or repair is being undertaken by your own team, rescue plans should have been developed to cover the relevant jobs to be completed.
Alternatively, if this work is being delivered by external contractors, please ensure they have rescue plans in place and test these rescue plans to ensure they are suitable and sufficient.
What level of current stand-by response do you require?
Site Outage and Shutdown – do you have adequate provision to cover?
|Confined space rescues||Fire incidents|
|Hazardous chemical spill||Medical incidents|
|Work at height rescue|
If you already have a response team in place do they have the following capabilities?
Continuing to operate your business offsite in the event of a major incident
How easy is it to undertake your operations offsite and continue to operate your business?
Although the likelihood of this occurring could be relatively small, a major on-site incident could prevent your business from continuing to operate at your current base. You may need a back-up or satellite facility which can be used as a temporary location to allow your business to continue to operate and serve your customers.
Humber Emergency Planning Management Centre – providing off-site facilities for your organisation
Humber Emergency Planning Management Centre will provide your organisation with an ideal solution to allow your organisation to continue operations off site in the event of a major incident.