For Integrity Risk Management (IRM) the health and safety of our planet – earth, air and water – is second only to the safety and well-being of our personnel, our clients, contractors and, indeed, the public at large.
We are a company that conducts inspections and manages process containment integrity for a number of small to medium owner / users and are involved with a significant inventory of such equipment including tanks, vessels, boilers, piping and pipelines. Much of this equipment is under pressure, most containing volatile and combustible products – some of which is also toxic. As such it is our policy to take all necessary measures to ensure that the equipment under our purview is designed, constructed, operated and maintained so as to function properly – not allow any releases that may harm the environment nor any leaks / failures that may cause injury to people.
As site/field personnel we are required to report any spills or emissions we may encounter even if they are not on sites under our mandate. Further, we are required to remain at any site where such spills and/or emissions have or are taking place to help with containment and clean-up – so long as it is safe to do as and we have not been asked to evacuate by site personnel.
All personnel are required to refuse to execute any task they deem to be unsafe. If the task is unsafe due to a person’s personal limitations (e.g. claustrophobia) then the task may be undertaken by another individual willing and capable to do so; in contrast, if the task is simply not safe, no IRM personnel (employee or contractor) may undertake to complete the task. Furthermore IRM personnel are required to report anyone willing to or being required to complete the task to site supervisory personnel.
All IRM personnel including anyone contracted by IRM shall wear all required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as noted in the IRM Health & Safety Program (HSP) as well as any supplementary requirements designated by any jurisdictional body and/or client.
In the event a situation arises that is not covered under the HSP, the worker is required to ask for, and receive, proper instructions. These may include special PPE (training in use may be required), site specific procedures or specific job/task requirements.
All field / site personnel employed or contracted by IRM shall carry current industry recognized safety tickets commensurate with the work they are involved in, as outlined in the IRM HSP. Other certifications may be required – either by the task at hand or at the request of a client; the affected personnel shall obtain or have these certifications as well.
Any accidents, incidents and near misses shall be reported to appropriate personnel; this is true not only for those in which IRM personnel are involved but also any that IRM personnel witnessed or are aware of.
IRM personnel shall remain at the scene of any accident or incident to assist in any way they can to the limit of their individual training and experience, so long as there is no danger to themselves and they have not been asked to evacuate by site or emergency personnel.
All IRM personnel shall refrain from discussing any accidents or incidents with anyone except IRM and/or client supervisory staff or any emergency, industry or jurisdictional personnel.
Driving has been established to be the single most activity that may lead to incident or accident by IRM site/field personnel. To this end the following rules shall be adhered to by all IRM personnel:
- All posted traffic signals and signs shall be obeyed
- use of cellular telephone shall by “hands’ free” only
- any other electronic devices (GPS units, laptop computers…) shall be used for navigational purposes only
- driving shall restricted to being within a maximum 12 hour day
Working alone is the second most likely cause for concern for IRM site/field personnel.
We have instituted the use of “Spot” – a GPS enabled system that allows a person to signal everything is ‘OK’, assistance required and even an absolute emergency.