Craig Thomson

Associate Director - National Chemical Emergency Centre

Presentation Title : Best practice response to a hazardous materials spill

Abstract : During this presentation, we would look at how an organisation can improve upon their hazardous materials incident response. This will look both at regulatory regimes relating to emergency response (particularly downstream and for manufacturers), what advice should be able to be sought from a manufacturer, as well as other sources of information. We will also look at the impact of an incident on an organisation (both in terms of direct and indirect costs, as well as areas such as reputation). This would also look at ‘what good looks like’, for initial response and advice provision, notification, activation of corporate response and crisis management, and how a proactive organisation can take sustainable steps forward to put in place robust arrangements. This will be illustrated with a number of real life case studies and experiences in responding to major incidents, as well as looking at best practice guidelines from organisations like CEFIC, schemes like the European Intervention in Chemical Transport Emergencies (ICE) and the International Emergency Centres Association (IECA) which we are part of. The presentation will’ ‘ Will allow attendees to critically evaluate their entire emergency response process both against the regulatory needs, as well as robustness of response. ‘ Attendees will be able to put in place a sustainable plan to improve their emergency response arrangements

: Craig is a senior business manager within NCEC, who has worked within the organisation for four years. During that time, he has worked directly with many companies across the world to improve the organisational resilience by putting in place robust arrangements for chemical emergency response within the supply chain and improving their organisational resilience. He also has a detailed understanding of regulations which relate to emergency response, including the European poison centre requirements which have implications from both a regulatory compliance, and an emergency response perspective.