Spill Response Training

Course Objective

  • To provide the skills and competence to implement oil spill clean-up in a range of environments.
  • To demonstrate the deployment and recovery of oil spill clean-up devices, techniques, materials and processes.
  • To demonstrate safe operation of working processes and procedures.

Learner Objectives & Key Outcomes

On the completion of the training attendees will be able to:

  • State the correct procedures for being in readiness for and responding to oil spill pollution incidents.
  • Recognise and appreciate the types of oil spill pollution incidents and the methods used to deal with them.
  • State the different oil spill response techniques and how they are implemented to minimise environmental damage.
  • Demonstrate the correct risk management approach for dealing with oil spill incidents.
  • State the considerations that must be evaluated when considering;
    • how to access the site, and
    • planning the clean up operation
  • Competently select, deploy and operate the range of available oil spill equipment
  • Monitor the clean up operation and assess the suitability of the clean up strategy selected.
  • State the correct procedures for the disposal of waste and oil contaminated consumable materials.

Course Content - (Classroom)

1. Response procedures
How oil pollution incidents are initiated, identified and communicated.
Arrangements for readiness and the ability to respond

2. Risk Management
Site risk assessment and communication of identified risks to workforce
Advice on Personal protective equipment (PPE) required.
Personal hygiene requirements and precautions and environmental risks
Identify parameters within which staff should work.

3. Oil spill containment & lean-up
Prevention is better than cure

On land:
Oil soaked into the ground
Oil on groundwater

On surface water:
Oil Absorbents:
What are oil absorbents
When to use Oil Absorbents
The different forms of absorbent (sheets, pillows etc).

Oil Retention Booms:
Advantages and disadvantages of various types of boom in different situations.
Types of boom - air filled, permanent buoyancy, water ballast, tension wire, chain ballast, materials of construction, couplings.
Limitations of use with regards to depth of water and current.

Oil Skimmers:
What is a skimmer?
Types of skimmer; fixed weir, adjustable weir, oleophilic disc, rope mop
Limitations of skimmer use (depth of water, current, waves etc)

Pumps operating with or without a skimmer
Types of pumps inboard or bank mounted - diaphragm, peristaltic etc

Emergency recovered product holding tanks - types and uses
Oil/water separators - types and uses
Use of vacuum tankers

Waste disposal
Oil and Oil Contaminated Pollution Control Materials
General Duty of Care requirements
Transfer of contaminated materials and temporary storage

Practical (On Site)

  • Site specific spill risk assessment.
  • View site with the object of identifying spill risks.
  • Look at any spill equipment available.

½ Day

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