2C – Dealing with Spills and Environmental Emergencies


2018 Preliminary Course Description

Environmental emergencies can result in a nightmare scenario for the unwary manager who must now consider risks associated with climate change, in addition to dealing with more common spills, leaks and discharges that can prompt unwanted ministry investigations, fines and penalties, and damage community relations. Attend this course to be sure of your responsibilities; implement measures to increase resiliency; avoid liability; and encourage proactive best practices.

Course Chair

Janet Bobechko, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP


Environmental Emergencies: Proactive Strategies – Planning to respond to tomorrow’s emergencies today

Prevention essentials:
  1. Risk assessment: Modelling climate change-related risks and emergencies for industries and municipalities.
  2. Adaptation and resilience strategies for businesses and municipalities
  3. Compliance with regulatory requirements
    Environmental emergency and spills related legislation under CEPA; TDGA; Fisheries Act; EPA; and proposed E2 legislation, etc.
  4. Planning: Building and maintaining an effective and responsive Emergency Response Plan
    • Building in requirements resulting from risk assessment
    • Relevant CSA / other standards
    • Utilizing new technologies to improve communication and response
  5. Practice: Organizing meaningful E2 exercises and drills
    • E2 Exercise Planning
    • Conducting E2 Exercises
    • Evaluating Exercises
    • What-If: Planning/Exercising for Other Emergencies

Spills, Leaks and Discharges

Current Requirements: Practical Responses and Due Diligence Strategies for Dealing with Spills, Releases, Leaks and Discharge
Reporting Spills, Leaks and Discharges
  • Spills, leaks and discharges: Odours; gas; water; noise and air (dust); smoke; explosion and fuel spill; chemical spill; acid mist; and oil
  • What must be reported, to whom
  • Transport spills and reporting to CANUTEC
  • Reporting to, and liaising with, surrounding communities municipalities
Reporting to the Spills Action Centre and Other Agencies

What SAC does and where it fits in with other organizations

Cautionary Tales
  • Avoiding liabilities
  • Cases resulting from a failure to report
  • Trends in enforcement
Practical Spills Response: Three Essential Tools
  • Emergency Spill Response Plan book
  • Crisis management for chemical spills book
  • Incident command system – schemata

5:00 PM

End of session


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