Safety and Security of the lives of employees and the public is paramount in the business of LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) & CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) transportation.
Safety & Planning for Emergency & Disaster response goes hand in hand.
On 10th January 2010, PETROLEUM AND NATURAL GAS REGULATORY BOARD (PNGRB) came up with the following regulation – Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (Codes of Practices for Emergency Response and Disaster Management Plan (ERDMP) Regulations, 2010
This regulation majorly applies to
a. Hydrocarbon’s processing installation (refinery, gas processing, LNG Re-gasification installations etc.).
b. Pipeline such as natural gas, propane, butane etc. and the hydrocarbons products which remain in gaseous state at NTP.
c. Liquid petroleum product pipeline.
d. Commercial petroleum storage facilities, gas storage facilities and terminals including LNG terminals.
e. Hydrocarbons gas bottling Installations having received, storage and handling facilities including storage for LPG, propane, and butane.
f. City or local natural gas distribution facilities.
g. Dispensing stations and POL retail outlets.
h. Transportation of petroleum products by road, etc.
It is intended to apply these regulations –
a) To develop an ERDMP that should be concise and informative so that members of the emergency control organization should be able to quickly refer to the action plan to determine important functions that are being carried out.
b) To manage an emergency and not to use ERDMP just as reference material for training and shall be made applicable for the following.
1. To prevent casualties — both on-site and off-site.
2. To reduce damage to property, machinery, public and environment.
3. To develop a state of readiness for a prompt and orderly response to an emergency and to establish a high order of preparedness (equipment, personnel) commensurate with the risk.
4. To provide an incident management organogram with clear missions and lines of authority (incident command system, field supervision, unified command).
5. To ensure orderly and timely decision-making and response process (notification, standard operating procedures).
6. To maintain good public relations.
ERDMP – Intention for Road Transportation
For road transportation, the entity shall identify the routes, prepare typical ERDMP and share the same with various stakeholders in accordance with the relevant regulations.
An Emergency Response & Disaster Management Plan (ERDMP) study involves the development of an onsite Emergency Plan to control and avert any disaster scenario that could be anticipated during the transportation of LNG through road and the consequence of human and property damage.
ASK-EHS has been entrusted with the preparation & delivering of an Emergency Plan for a Surat based company.
A one-day Training on Emergency Response & Disaster Management Plan (ERDMP) on LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) transportation was conducted for a company providing logistics support to manufacturing units and project sites across the world, to understand the emergency scenarios & its mitigation measures while transporting LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) through road carriers (tanker trucks).
This training program has been designed specifically for a practical approach to emergency scenarios during transporting LNG via road carriers covering key topics such as:
- The basic purpose of ERDMP (Emergency Response & Disaster Management Plan)
- Classification & Types of Emergencies
- Basic requirements & step by step process during Emergency situations on the road
- Roles & Responsibilities of ERT (Emergency Response Team) members
- Different Mitigation measures during Emergencies
- Practical demonstration on Emergency Tools & Equipments (CRYO application kit, PPE, Signage, Tool set)
- Practical demo on Flaring, Product Transfer Equipment
Objective of the ERDMP Training
The Practical Session of the Training Program
During the practical session of the training program, a role play was organised using communication flow chart to check the effectiveness, in case of emergencies, where drivers & other Emergency Response Team members actively participated. Demonstration of Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) set, Proximity Suit (usage & handling) was demonstrated to the participants who may be involved in dealing with Emergency situations.
Meanwhile, the practical setup of the CRYO application kit with the LNG truck was assembled & its functionality demonstrated to the participants with the help of the client’s rescue team, especially in case of flaring & product transfer during an emergency situation.
The Theoretical Session of the Training Program
A 2-hour theory session on Emergency Response Preparedness Training (ERPT) during LNG transportation for emergency response team members & top management, followed by one-day theoretical session, was conducted prior to this session by our Trainer. The participants were mostly drivers and their Safety officers and maintenance personnel who particularly work in close proximity with LNG transportation.
LNG being a recent addition to the Indian market, the drivers, as well as the safety officers and the mechanical staff, were keen on learning about the hazards associated with LNG.
According to the requirements of the participants, the training was delivered bilingually, in both Hindi and English language. The session was made interactive by asking trainees to share their experiences of handling an emergency(s). This set the pace for the PowerPoint presentation and video-based training that took the participants through the rules and regulations regarding emergency response for LNG Transportation.
This unique Training program on Emergency Response & Disaster Management Plan (ERDMP) – LNG Transportation Training (delivery of training & practical) was well appreciated by the participants (MD, HODs, ER team & drivers) including the delegates who witnessed the program.
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