Recommendations and Guidance to the Incident Commander
Environmental hazards require comprehensive and critical strategies for incident management. The Incident Commander must be aware of specific steps to ensure that the emergency or risk is contained in an effective manner. The commander must identify and initiate proper communication and feedback channels.
This ensures that all persons within the scene obtain adequate information about the existence of the risk. The coherent communication mechanisms also provide a reliable platform for the establishment of response initiatives (Friend & Kohn, 2010).
As a commander, one must acquire full information regarding the risk. The commander must access full information about the test results obtained from site and hazard assessment procedures. Moreover, the commander ensures the management and operation of all systems and duties by relevant personnel. This prevents confusion of roles (Fulekar, 2006).
The Incident Commander must also communicate precise description of the type, extent, danger, and management of the hazard. This occurs whilst qualified experts are undertaking empirical assessments. The Incident Commander must ensure that all roles are explicitly attained and information is exchanged in an explicit manner.
The Main Industrial Hygiene Concerns for the Team and the Clean-Up Recovery Workers
There are several industrial hygiene considerations for the team and the clean-up-recovery workers in this process (Plog & Quinlan, 2002). To begin with, they must consider personal and environmental hygiene practices. This relates to the prevention of contamination, both at personal and extended levels during the whole operation.
The whole team must also be keen to apply environmentally sustainable practices during their cleaning operations. Apart from this, it is mandatory to follow critical and standardized steps in the hygiene operations. Quality assurance measures are appropriate for all procedures in the hygiene intervention. Machining operations must not affect the users and the general environment in a detrimental way.
All hazardous materials must be handled according to their classification and management processes. This ensures limited cases of contamination and risk incurred from such hazardous materials (Karmis, 2001). Identification processes must comply with relevant best practices and systems. In addition, these must be internationally acknowledged by the appropriate agencies dealing in industrial hygiene.
Another critical consideration is the disposal of waste material derived from the clean up processes. Principally, the materials, irrespective of their nature, must be handled and disposed in a safe manner.
The observation limits the cases of cross-contamination and pollution that may be notable within other virgin and new environments. These include some of the important concerns that must be considered by the two teams involved in the mitigation and management process.
The situation requires a well-organized and operational safety team. This limits the likelihood of occurrence and emergence of other serious and complicated hazards. Ideally, I will strive to establish the communication team at first. The team will be charged with the obligation to convey coherent information to all relevant personnel (Friend & Kohn, 2010).
The next team will constitute of those experts involved in undertaking various assessment processes within the affected or suspected area. The next team will comprise of those involved in the mitigation of notable hazards. This is conducted through different ways. However, the type of hazard involved in the area dictates the type of intervention to be employed by the mitigating team.
Nonetheless, it should be observed that there are other fundamental and universal procedures that are common in all types of hazards. Therefore, the rest of the team shall be involved in cleaning, issuing of early warning signs and further expert mitigation processes.
Tasks to Be Assigned To the Team
The tasks to be assigned to the team are highly variable. They depend on the nature and extent of the risk or hazard observed. The foremost task is the empirical identification and classification of the type of hazard involved in the incident. Secondly, communication and issuing of vital hazard warning signs and messages is also very crucial.
All team members must strive to protect their health and bodies from the dangerous effects of the relevant hazards (Plog & Quinlan, 2002). Other than this, maximum environmental protection is another critical role that must be conducted by all members of the response team.
Some of the team members must also be involved in the active cleaning and elimination of all notified dangerous material within the scenery. In fact, this includes one of the most basic tasks to be assigned to the team members.
The Required PPE for the Team Members and the Recovery Workers
There are different personal protective equipment, (PPE) required by the team members and the recovery workers within the site. The two groups require overalls meant for full body protection (Fulekar, 2006). These must be heavy and opaque to ensure maximum protection of the physical body.
They also require radiation safety wears to limit the detrimental impacts that might originate from the radiation sources within the area. Observably, both the recovery workers and team members must also have gas masks. These must be used during all times when individuals are within the operation site. This is because the suspect hazard might be a gas capable of destroying the respiratory system.
It is also appropriate that the group have their face covers and mouth masks on at all times. These protective gadgets help to protect the skin and the facial parts from intrusion by the dangerous chemicals within the site of operation (Plog & Quinlan, 2002).
Heavy foot wears such as gumboots will be necessary for all persons working within the site. They help to protect them from physical and chemical injuries on the foot of persons walking within the site. Lastly, the eye goggles and the heavy-duty gloves must be provided to all personnel within the area.
The Required Testing Equipment for the Team Member
The suspect hazard within the site is a leaking gas. Therefore, most of the testing materials needed by the team members will be derived from laboratories. Because the gas depicts the characteristics of halogen group, it is crucial to outline some of the important gadgets (Karmis, 2001). These include the inhaler gas sampler, individual sampling pump and direct reading particulate matter gadget.
Information Needed From the Different Members of the Team and Delegation of Certain Duties
As the team leader, I would require information regarding the historical health complications of each of my team members. Apart from this, I would also request to know if any of them is allergic to halogen gases and other hazards notable within the area.
Delegation of certain duties must be done according to the historical medical report received from each member (Fulekar, 2006). However, I will also consider individual capacity and competency during such processes.
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