Industrial water blasting is essential in the event of an accidental leak or flood in an industrial workplace or commercial facility. The emergency spill response in Auckland commences after water has been introduced into a commercial facility. The spill then begins to be dealt with by the building washing company. There may be a delay as various specialists try to assimilate the information which needs to be assessed.
The second stage of the emergency spill response in Auckland involves contacting the relevant authorities to assist with the clean up. This can include having a team of professional water specialists on hand who can determine the most effective course of action and make sure the safety and protection of the contaminated water source, if that is through removal or redirecting the water to a different location. It also means contacting the Health and Safety Authority and the Occupational Health and Safety Authority. The latter’s role is to oversee the safekeeping of a person working in a potentially hazardous environment and to carry out investigations into accidents which might have resulted in hazards for employees. The Health and Safety Authority regulate health and safety in industries including building, agriculture, food processing, drinking water, general industry and transport. It carries out its inspections and investigations by obtaining access to sites of incidents and working with affected parties to ensure they have taken all reasonable steps to minimise any risks to staff and customers.
If the contaminated water source poses no immediate threats but has the potential to do so, the third stage of the emergency spill response in Auckland occurs when the clean up and decontamination of the contaminated area to begin. A decontamination team will be deployed to the scene to decontaminate and clean the area. In the worst cases, biological hazards could be present, and so additional steps will need to be taken to neutralise and dispose of any dangerous or hazardous materials. This will typically mean excavating and washing the area and then sealing it off from the rest of the public or the general public. As well as the decontamination team, there may be a specialized clean up team who has been contracted to deal with any hazardous materials that cannot be removed immediately and who will work to decontaminate the immediate area and prevent further contamination.
Once the clean up team has finished and the area is declared safe for re-use, the next step is to restore the water supply to the community. This can happen in one of two ways – the first is to pump the contaminated material out of the water source or to directly install new pipes to take care of the problem. For larger spills, both methods may be necessary. If the contaminated liquid is pumped directly back into the community’s water supply, it may mean the immediate restoration of contaminated water tables and possibly the risk of running out of clean water. If the contaminated liquid is pumped back into the community’s water supply this will mean the immediate installation of new pipes and the full use of clean water from the community’s existing water supplies.
It is important that once the spills have been cleaned up and the local water supply has been restored, the spill response team takes precautions to ensure that nothing like it occurs again. One way this is done is through an appeal to the community’s conscience. A public announcement may be made about the occurrence of a spill and the steps that have been taken to clean it up and provide safe clean water to the local population. There may also be a statement issued by the Police Department or the City of Auckland warning residents and businesses not to keep any raw sewage or contaminated water in the vicinity of where the spill occurred. Some companies have also been known to offer incentives to businesses who co-operate with them in their clean up efforts.
Cleanup crews from KP Group will also conduct a random inspection of homes and businesses to identify risks in the future. By identifying high-risk locations they can plan operations to prevent contaminated water or waste from being stored or supplied by local businesses. This will help to improve the quality of service that is provided by local companies and minimise any future risks to residents, visitors and workers. Once all sources of contamination have been identified, a plan can be developed to provide safe drinking water to all those who need it in the area of the spill.
The contaminated water will then be sent for further testing to meet health and environmental standards. Once all health and environmental tests are complete and the local water supply has been restored to its correct level, treatment machines will be installed to ensure that all residual contaminants are removed and replaced with clean fresh water. Those businesses in the immediate vicinity of an emergency spill response in Auckland that do not participate in the clean-up effort will be fined. In some cases penalties may be levied on businesses that do not participate and provide safe drinking water to their customers.
In an emergency spill response in Auckland there are many different resources available to assist businesses, residents and visitors. These include the emergency services, local government, the Auckland City Council, the New Zealand Police, the Ministry of Business, Technology and Entrepreneurship, the Auckland Ambulance Service and the Department of Health. If you have questions about where you should go or what you should do during an emergency, do not hesitate to contact one of these agencies for assistance. They will work with you to ensure that your needs are met and that you receive the emergency assistance you need. There are no excuses when it comes to emergency situations. Being prepared is the only way to ensure you can get through any situation safely and efficiently.