Environmental Health and Safety - Emergency Response Planning
Environmental Health and Safety - Emergency Response Planning

Environmental Health and Safety - Emergency Response Planning

Areas of Study: Environment and Community | Health and Safety

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This course is the second 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 Response Planning, i.e. how to respond to a variety of environmental emergencies, including chemical spills, oil spills and a hazardous gas emergency.

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  • Professional
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  • Required
  • Duration:
  • 5 hours

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  • Completion:
  • 20 days
  • CEUs:
  • 0.5 (5 PDHs)

Course Summary

This course is the second 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 Response, i.e. how to respond to a variety of environmental emergencies. The first course focuses on Environmental Emergency Preparedness.

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 four parts:

  • Part 1 - The Generic EHS Emergency Response Plan
  • Part 2 - Response Planning for Chemical Spills
  • Part 3 - Response Planning for Oil Spills
  • Part 4 - Response Planning for a Hazardous Gas Emergency

Learning Outcomes

  • Provide a guideline for environmental emergency management accreditation as described in ISO 14000 Environmental Management.
  • Provide 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.
  • Completion of the companion course: Environmental Health and Safety - Emergency Preparedness

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.