In accordance with Part 5.7A of the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997, Orica has prepared Pollution Incident Response Management Plans (PIRMPs).
The PIRMPs outline the processes to prevent and minimise the risk of pollution incidents and ensure comprehensive and timely information is provided to relevant authorities and stakeholders.
In the event of a pollution incident, Orica will implement the following procedure for notifying relevant authorities and other stakeholders.
The following information shall be recorded where possible and provided to those agencies requiring notification:
- The time, date, nature, duration and location of the pollution incident;
- The location of the place where hazard / pollution is occurring or is likely to occur;
- The nature, the estimated quantity or volume and the concentration of any hazards / pollutants involved;
- The circumstances in which the pollution incident occurred (including the cause of the incident, if known); and
- The action taken or proposed to be taken to deal with the pollution incident and any resulting risks / pollution or threatened risks / pollution.
Immediately contact the following authorities:
- 000 - if the incident presents an immediate threat to human health or property
- 1300 729 579 - if the pollution incident is NOT an emergency.
Emergency Services (Fire & Rescue, the police and NSW Ambulance Service) are the first responders responsible for controlling and containing incidents.
If the incident does not require Emergency Services (or once 000 has been called) notify the relevant authorities in the following order:
- EPA: 131 555
- Ministry of Health - South Eastern Sydney Public Health Unit
- Office hours: 02 9382 8233 / 02 9382 8333
- Outside office hours (request public health officer): 02 9382 2222
- 24hr incident reporting line: 1300 066 055
- WorkCover Authority: 131 050
- City of Botany Bay Council: 02 9366 3666 / 02 9366 3659 / 02 9366 3596
- Fire & Rescue (if not contacted already): 000
- If the pollution is NOT an emergency: 1300 729 579
- Department of Planning and Infrastructure: 02 9228 6413
- Randwick City Council (as required): 02 9939 0999 / 02 9937 2450 (after hours)
- The local authority of any other area potentially affected by the incident (via phone)
Following the above reporting, communication with the following groups shall occur as soon as practical to notify of a pollution incident:
Potentially affected community members (this includes owners/occupiers of industrial, commercial and residential properties) via door knocks or letter box drops. Door knocks and letterbox drops will also be used to provide early warnings and regular updates to owners/occupiers as required. Potentially affected community members will be determined based on the nature / scale of the pollution incident and the current weather conditions. Community notifications will include where possible:
- A brief statement on the nature and timing of the pollution incident;
- The party / parties responsible for responding (e.g. Emergency Services or EPA);
- The action (if any) required by the recipient of the notification; and
- Contact details for seeking further information.
NOTE: if the pollution incident presents an immediate threat to human health or property then public notifications will be made by Emergency Services.
Interested stakeholders, as appropriate for the nature / scale of the pollution incident, such as the Orica Botany Liaison Committee, via phone and / or email.
An initial notification may be followed by an update (to the original recipients, or a smaller or larger group as deemed relevant) in the event that Orica:
- is instructed by the authorities to do so;
- determines that a new or different response is required by relevant authorities and other stakeholders in response to the pollution incident; or
- decides to provide an update on the status of the investigation.
Notification may also be provided to the wider community by way of media release on www.orica.com.
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