Planning and implementing a proportionate response to a chemical incident

Planning and implementing a proportionate response to a chemical incident
6 Oct 2020

14:00 – 16:30 BST
Free event

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Chemical substances used on a site that is regulated under the Control of Major Accident Hazards (COMAH) Regulation can be hazardous and dangerous.

Those in charge of ensuring safety (e.g. COMAH or health and safety managers); have a tactical or strategic responsibility for on-site emergency response or lead a corporate crisis management team. 

For this summit, NCEC’s emergency response and hazmat experts will be joined by John Lord (incident command expert), Jon Crawley (hazmat and COMAH expert) and David Rubens (strategic expert for multiagency crises). They will discuss planning and implementing a proportionate response, based on best practice, to an incident at a chemical site.

The backdrop of this summit is a simulated incident created using SimTrainer UK’s Fire Studio 6 software. The speakers will talk through various real-life incidents to help attendees understand the risks at every stage of incident response. The panel will discuss:

  • Horizon scanning for new hazards or threats that may cause potential emergencies.
  • Analysis of situations to understand the likelihood of an emergency occurring and the impact it would have on people, the environment, assets and an organisation’s reputation and legal responsibilities.
  • Activities to reduce the likelihood of an emergency.
  • Developing and validating emergency plans to test response arrangements for known risks and unforeseen events.
  • The decisions and actions that can be taken to deal with the immediate effects of an emergency.
  • The intersection between emergency management and the corporate crisis response.
  • Best practice for the corporate response to an incident at a COMAH site.
  • The process of rebuilding, restoring and rehabilitating after a crisis.

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Ed Sullivan
Hazardous Materials Principal Consultant, NCEC


Ed was formerly a Station Officer in the UK fire and rescue service (FRS), and spent nearly two decades responding to incidents, and training first responders and tactical advisors on how to respond to emergencies. He has trained people from over 20 different countries in public and private sector organisations. He is currently developing an online training platform for hazmat specialists.

Jonathan Crawley 
Ex-fire and rescue officer, hazmat specialist and COMAH expert

Jon has spent 30 years in UK FRS. He led a hazmat team for 12 years and was responsible for COMAH auditing for 3 years on behalf of his FRS. He is an expert in planning for and responding to major incidents involving chemicals, having spent 16 years as a flexi-duty officer responding to a wide variety of challenging incidents. He has supported public and private sector organisations, enabling them to develop plans for incidents, and trained their response teams. He is a qualified Hazardous Materials Advisor (HMA); Hazmat Detection, Identification and Monitoring (HDIM) Adviser; Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosive materials (CBRNE) Tactical Advisor; CBRNE Silver Commander and National Inter-Agency Officer (NILO). In his current role, he delivers HMA initial and refresher courses and works with National Resilience colleagues delivering the national HDIM courses. 

John Lord
Incident command expert & Director, Sim Trainer UK

John has spent 32 years responding to incidents in the FRS, and a further 10 years specialising in incident command and hazardous materials training. He has trained response teams and those with a responsibility for ensuring the safety of people, on and off site, on high-risk premises such as oil refineries, airports and COMAH sites. Through his business, SimTrainer UK, John develops training packages for companies to ensure their first responders are competent.

David Rubens
CEO, Deltar Training Services Ltd &
Executive Director, The Institute of Strategic Risk Management (ISRM)

David runs certificated training programmes in strategic risk and crisis management around the world, and has delivered training in 15 countries since January 2017. He has been a leading member of the UK private security sector since establishing his first consultancy in 1992 and is a Chartered Security Professional (CSyP). He holds a Doctorate in Security and Risk Management. David has written government-level research papers and reports on all aspects of security management, from national-level security sector restructuring through to post-disaster analysis for government agencies worldwide.

Chris Sowden
Emergency Response Team Manager, NCEC

Chris has worked in the emergency response area for over 10 years. He has extensive experience of chemical safety regulations, ensuring that the advice and support NCEC’s emergency responders provide is appropriate and in-line with industry best practice. He helps clients manage incidents safely while actively working to mitigate risk. 

This event will assist organisations identify potential emergency situations and explain how a six-phase approach to integrated emergency management can be implemented. This will help businesses to plan risk mitigation especially in the ‘new normal’ world we now live in.

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