This week, Hank Garcia, CTEH senior consultant, joined industry leaders from across the globe at the International Oil Spill Conference (IOSC 2017) to share his oil preparedness and response expertise. Check out our behind-the-scenes look at his poster presentation, “Ensuring Global Preparedness and Response Capabilities in a Staff- and Cost-Constrained Environment” below:
What steps can businesses take to achieve their preparedness and response objectives during an oil spill or other major event?
- Establish ICS as a Global Standard
Having one system will help businesses simplify training requirements, effectively integrate global resources during a response and ensure the seamless transfer of best practices.
- Develop a Core Training Program
By developing a core training program, businesses can maintain consistent training objectives and use global modules, which can then be adapted to meet local requirements. These programs also allow businesses to use a “train-the-trainer” approach—expanding programs’ reach while controlling costs.
- Global Templates for Response Plans
Global templates should be developed by businesses in corporate and major local languages and include core sections for company philosophy, global contacts, etc. This will facilitate the sharing of improvements and lessons learned.
- Audit Your Programs
This will help ensure business units’ compliance with global standards and promote the exchange of best practices.
- Integrate Planning, Training and Exercises
Businesses can leverage their efforts by ensuring that training and exercises test plans and provide opportunities for employees or stakeholders to practice their new skills.
- Prepare Exercise Development Kits
Businesses should build generic scenarios to facilitate development of exercises that test their plans and ensure they’re adaptable to local conditions and requirements.
- Leverage Your Resources
Lastly, businesses should establish regional response teams to supplement local resources to help if, or when, a major incident occurs. They should also use train-the-trainer programs to build proficiency and help reduce costs; develop internal subject matter experts (SMEs) for planning and exercises; and use SMEs for audit programs and as coaches in regional exercises.
As Hank explained, this “integrated global approach, with standards and common tools, will help you achieve the preparedness and response capability goals of your company.”
Is your business or organization prepared if an oil spill or major event occurs? Contact CTEH’s Global Preparedness and Crisis Management team for more info about how we can help.