While our collective focus should always be about the prevention of incidents, every responsible business should plan and prepare for foreseeable emergencies or crises. The increased scale and complexity of new technologies, combined with more demanding legal and reputational responsibilities, means that it is essential for every business to have robust systems in place.
Regulators and courts are paying increasing attention to how companies not only prepare for when things can go wrong, but also how they practically and responsibly respond post-incident. Industry good practice in this area is rapidly changing and it is vital that duty holders and the supply chain including contractors are prepared.
We have actively supported the development of leading industry guidance on Emergency Response and have assisted numerous businesses in managing crises. Areas in which we can assist clients include:
- Scoping and undertaking risk assessments and threat assessments
- Education and training including “virtual” scenario based workshops
- Audits and reviews of Emergency Response Plans
- Crisis management including legal and communications support
Forge Alert – 24/7 HSE Support
Our experience in crisis management and the complexities of regulatory investigations has demonstrated that the first few hours & days following an incident are the most critical in protecting liabilities and demonstrating a responsible image of the business. Check out our new 24/7 service to support operational staff, in-house legal departments and senior management teams including the Board to see how we can help.