Environmental Health and Safety - Emergency Preparedness
Environmental Health and Safety - Emergency Preparedness

Environmental Health and Safety - Emergency Preparedness

Areas of Study: Environment and Community | Health and Safety

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This course is the first of two Environmental Health and Safety courses by the author. It provides mining managers and professionals with a set of practical guidelines on Environmental Emergency Preparedness and how to start managing and preparing for an environmental emergency.

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  • Audience Level:
  • Professional
  • Enrollment:
  • Required
  • Duration:
  • 4 hours

Course Summary

Introduction

This course is the first of two Environmental Health and Safety courses by the author. It has been prepared with the intention of providing mining personnel with a set of practical guidelines on Environmental Emergency Preparedness, i.e. how to start managing and preparing for an environmental emergency. The second course focuses on Environmental Emergency Response.

With a little adaptation using local information, such as local emergency contacts and the inclusion of MSDS sheets and local emergency procedures, the guidelines in this course can be applied to any mining or processing operation. They can also be used in a site Environmental Management System (EMS), site Environmental Management Plan (EMP), and/or site Emergency Management Preparedness and Response Plan. At the very least, these guidelines can be used as a site emergency planning and response checklist.

This course is split into three parts:

  • Part 1: Environmental Emergencies, including discussion of their occurrence, outcomes, and risk analysis.
  • Part 2: Corporate Governance, including discussion of corporate strategy, management, and an example of risk reduction.
  • Part 3: Preparedness Plans, including discussion of plans to deal with possible or probable emerging emergencies or disasters, plans to manage after-effects of an emergency or disaster, an emergency preparedness checklist, and the level of emergency services typically provided by government.

Course Content

The course comprises 10 learning sessions, each of average 15-30 minutes duration, supported by figures, tables, and worked examples, plus three interactive reviews that confirm the viewer's achievement of learning objectives. The total duration of the course is approximately 4 hours.

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop a checklist to be used to prepare contingencies for an emergency.
  • Develop a guideline for environmental emergency management accreditation as described in ISO 14000 Environmental Management.
  • Develop leadership in emergency preparedness and response processes.
  • Create a process of recording, investigating, and acting on all complaints and incidents relating to environmental matters.
  • Create a process to ensure compliance with all statutory requirements and minimise potential for occupational or environmental harm.

Recommended Background

  • An appreciation of resource-based operations and related environmental issues.

Ralph Gunness

Ralph Gunness is a Resource Industry Executive Project Manager (more than 35 years) and Director (more than 20 years) with an engineering and science background. He has experience in "on-site" and "remote" management of mining, gas and oil projects throughout the "resource sector life cycle", such as: confidential purchase audits; project scoping studies; basis of design planning; front end engineering & design (FEED); engineering; procurement and construction (EPC); commissioning; operations; decommissioning; deconstruction and rehabilitation.

He is responsible for direct team management, oversight and delivers "on-site" training directly related to several world class upstream & downstream gas field development and operations, from exploration to development of gas fields; pipelines; compression plants; power stations and LNG plants and recently the decommissioning and rehabilitation of Power Stations. Previously, he was an Environmental General Manager across 15 coal mining and several metallurgical processing operations.

Along the way, Ralph has received the Australian Prime Minister's, "2007 Environmentalist of the Year" finalist award. He also received two other environmental finalist awards in the eco-innovation and wastewater treatment categories. He received two awards for innovative Coal Mine Rehabilitation. Ralph was presented with an award from the U.N. for his work in implementing sustainable project management and assessment in the resource industries.

Ralph has degrees in Business Management, Environmental Studies, Training, Science & Agricultural Science. He has written and presented many papers and training courses associated with the mining, power and energy, petroleum and gas industries. He is an accredited auditor.

MBA, Postgrad Dip Env Studies, Dip Ed, Dip App Sc Agr, Cert IV Training and numerous Industry certifications.