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Control measure

Specialist advice: Environmental protection

Control measure knowledge

Specialist advice may be required to inform the tactical plan if an incident, or the operational response to it, has the potential to pollute the environment. Sources of specialist advice can include:

  • Hazardous materials advisers (HMAs)
  • Environmental agencies
  • Scientific advisers
  • External operational advisers

An on-site responsible person, such as a chemical supplier or engineer, may be able to provide specialist advice on the products or processes in use.

If specialist advisers are unavailable, it may be possible to obtain advice from other sources, such as the Chemsafe service provided by the National Chemical Emergency Centre (NCEC).

Details of the specialist advice received should be recorded, including who gave the advice and what actions were taken, based on the information provided.

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services should:
  • Consider alerting a hazardous materials adviser about incidents with the potential to pollute the environment

  • Maintain a directory of contact details for specialist environmental protection advisers

  • Secure access to the Chemsafe service provided by the National Chemical Emergency Centre (NCEC)

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Consider requesting appropriate specialist advice for incidents with the potential to pollute the environment

  • Record details of the specialist advice received, who provided it, and what actions were taken based on the information provided