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Are You Ready for Real-Time Emergency Response?

While many facilities have a written Emergency Action Plan (EAP) in place, they may not consider all environmental and hazardous conditions. A well-developed Emergency Action Plan facilitates and organizes company and employee responses during workplace emergencies, resulting in fewer and less severe injuries and, possibly, less facility structural damage.

A facility’s EAP is imperative to worker safety, of course, and can likely handle contained events, like fires. But what about a chemical release? A natural disaster? A terrorist threat? Evacuation might not always be the best response to a given emergency; consequently, the ability to provide real-time planning and response is becoming ever more important.

Incident Management

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends that all business have an Incident Management System (IMS). An IMS, as outlined in NFPA 1600, has a combination of facilities, equipment, personnel, procedures and communications operating within a common organizational structure and is designed to aid in the management of resources during incidents.

As one part of a solid IMS, an Incident Command System (ICS) should be identified, similar to how an Emergency Response Team is identified in an EAP. The ICS puts a detailed plan in place to create more organized and streamlined efforts, which can ultimately minimize disruptions to operations, save lives , lessen damage and/or loss, and protect surrounding communities. In addition, it also allows the company to understand the total cost of risk.

Developing an Incident Management System

When developing an IMS, one should understand that the use of ICS depends upon the size and complexity of the business. Functions and roles may be assigned to multiple individuals or a few persons may be assigned multiple responsibilities. Figure 1 is a great example from FEMA of what the ICS might look like:

Emergency Response Procedures Flowchart
Figure 1—Incident Commander is the contact point with Safety, Liaison and Public Information for Operations, Planning, Logistics, Finance and Administration.

The Incident Commander should not only know what is happening/has happened, but he/she should understand what could happen next. They should be able to easily identify and answer questions such as:

  • What type of incident is it?
  • Who should be notified?  Why?
  • Which areas require evacuation or a shelter-in-place?  Why?

In addition, the incident commander should take into account worker/responder exposure monitoring during the emergency, as well as any potential offsite impact.

When creating an IMS, one should consider automated solutions for incident management. Emergency management software, coupled with strategically placed chemical and meteorological sensors, allows incident commanders to respond to emergencies faster, more accurately, and in real-time with data provided by live plume models, release-rate estimations, meteorological data, and so much more.

Practice, Practice, Practice

The importance of emergency preparedness—conducting regular drills and identifying corrective actions—cannot be stressed enough. If workers and contractors do not know what actions to take or where to go, then the plan does no one any good.

Remember, drills combat human behavior, and there are a number of factors that affect human behavior during an emergency, including a person’s assumed role, experience, education, and personality, as well as the emergency’s perceived threat and the actions of others sharing the experience. Drills give employees and contractors experience, allowing them to react accurately, faster and more effectively in case of an actual emergency.

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SAFER Systems and Total Safety Promote Emergency Preparedness Through New Partnership

Camarillo, CA and Houston, TX—April 2, 2013—SAFER Systems and Total Safety, the worlds’ leading provider of industrial safety services and equipment, today announced that they formed a partnership to incorporate SAFER’s emergency response software into  Total Safety’s emergency response and contingency planning service offerings.

Emergency Response Management Software from SAFER Systems
Screen image from SAFER Realtime® software

The emergency response software from SAFER Systems provides automated solutions for incident management focused on protecting lives in the face of chemical accidents. Coupled with strategically-placed chemical and meteorological sensors, the software allows incident commanders to respond to emergencies faster, more accurately, and in real-time with data provided by live plume models, release-rate estimations, meteorological data, and so much more.

Ionel Nechiti, President of SAFER Systems, said, “We are very excited to be working with Total Safety as they are a leader in providing emergency response equipment and personnel and we feel our organizations complement each other. This partnership will ensure that when first responders get the call to respond to a chemical emergency, our software solutions will help keep them and the affected citizens safe.”

“Our strategic partnership with SAFER Systems will allow Total Safety to enhance its current Emergency Response Services, especially in areas such as industrial hygiene, by providing our clients with the resources that they need to ensure emergency preparedness and the safety of their workers, the environment and the community,” says Randy Patton, Total Safety Vice President – Technical Services.

About Total Safety
Total Safety, a Warburg Pincus portfolio company, is the world’s premier provider of integrated safety and compliance solutions and the products necessary to support them, including gas detection, respiratory protection, safety training, fire protection, compliance and inspection, industrial hygiene, onsite emergency medical treatment/paramedics, communications systems, engineered systems design, and materials management. It operates from 141 locations in 19 countries to ensure the safe Wellbeing of Workers Worldwide (W3).

Total Safety has been selected as one of “America’s Safest Companies” for 2012 by EHS Today, in addition to receiving the “Best in Class” award from the Houston Business Roundtable, multiple AFPM Awards, and a host of industry and customer safety accolades. For more information about Total Safety and its unwavering commitment to safety, visit

About SAFER Systems
Established in 1981, and celebrating over 30 years of providing technological advancements in the field of chemical emergency management to both industry and government, SAFER Systems is the global technology leader in chemical emergency management solutions. The company’s state-of-the-art solutions, incorporating patented technologies, are designed to detect and accurately predict in real-time the dispersion of accidental or intentional releases of hazardous chemicals. Using a SAFER Systems’ solution, companies worldwide that manufacture, process, store or transport hazardous materials plus an array of government emergency management, environmental protection and homeland security agencies, can now better prepare for and quickly determine the best ways to respond to an actual chemical emergency.  For more information, visit

For additional information contact:
Ian Adler – SAFER Systems

Stenning Schueppert
Senior Vice President – Strategy, Marketing & Corporate Development, Total Safety