Business Risk Management Starts with a Contingency Plan

anne General Information

Spill Centerâ„¢ has been serving companies at risk for environmental incidents and other critical business issues since 1990. We help clients prepare comprehensive contingency plans and provide immediate support whenever and wherever needed. Our team of legal, environmental and technical specialists are experienced in the management of emergency response and required environmental reporting on behalf of clients. We also provide customers with critical information and referrals to third-party experts to help get their businesses back on track.

No business is immune from problems requiring an immediate response to resolve them – everything from environmental releases of hazardous materials, OSHA-related issues and workplace injuries to construction-site risks, real estate complications and environmental incidents.

Releases of hazmat, pollutants and other regulated materials, even in small quantities, can turn into expensive incidents for businesses and their insurers who are not adequately prepared to deal with them. We at Spill Center have learned that the time to prepare for business and workplace emergencies is before they happen.

Emergency preparedness starts with a risk assessment. Companies at risk for pollution events, for example, are well advised to conduct a survey of their operations to identify every activity that has the potential to produce an environmental release. The next step would be to draft a contingency plan detailing response actions tailored to each activity. The efforts spent planning can help minimize costs related to resolving the problem, limit the potential for third-party liability claims, and avoid fines and penalties for non-compliance with reporting regulations.

Spill Center contingency associates assist clients in writing contingency plans tailored to their businesses. The written contingency plan is an important part of risk mitigation because it helps ensure that the right people in an organization are notified about an incident or other emergency, the right internal and external reports are triggered, and the appropriate experts and resources are brought to bear.

The contingency plan is the key to efficient coordination of business and workplace issues. It will be especially valuable if an emergency occurs at night, on weekends or over holidays when key company personnel may not be available to respond.

Nearly 30,000 local, state, provincial and federal jurisdictions across North America require incident reports after environmental releases. Spill Center maintains contact information and current regulations of these agencies. Companies that are unprepared to handle incidents quickly and comply with all reporting requirements can end up with major expenses for cleanup and disposal services, as well as liability issues and steep penalties for failing to file incident reports on time.

Other client issues receive the same immediate response in addressing business and workplace problems – notifying company personnel, as well as legal, medical and technical professionals and any other responders and resources that are needed to resolve the problem. Spill Center is on the job 24/7 as a trusted resource.

For more information about Spill Center’s services, visit the integrated website at www.spillcenter.com or call me at 978-568-1922 to discuss how Spill Center can benefit your company and your insureds. E-mail me at tmoses@spillcenter.com.