5 Tips on How to Build Your Pollution Incident Response Management Plan (PIRMP)

By Cameron Cox – HSEC Manager.

As you’re probably aware, as of the 1st September, 2012 all EPL holders in NSW must have a Pollution Incident Response Management Plan, or as it as more widely known, PIRMP. A PIRMP is designed to ensure that in the event of a pollution incident at your site or facility you have the processes in place to assist in appropriately managing that the necessary authority notifications are notified.

In addition to the EPA guidelines that were released, here are our 5 Top Tips for ensuring you meet the PIRMP guidelines in time:

  • More Grunt Up Front
    Spend the time early on planning the process and sourcing the documents required. Like any project, if you plough head-first into it you’ll miss important information and your PIRMP won’t comply with the legislative requirements.
  • Get The Right People Involved
    During your PIRMP process make sure that you have the right people in your organisation involved so you can identify all the risks up front. Make sure you also get the specialist information you need that’s related to your site.
  • Don’t Have Gaps In Your Gap Analysis
    Sounds simple enough doesn’t it! When conducting your gap analysis ensure you have sourced all of the documents and legislation you need to accurately identify the gaps within your existing emergency plans and processes.
  • Turn Words Into Maps
    Having the defined process is great, but you need to make sure your words are turned into useful maps to outline the emergency facilities and processes at your site.
  • Take A Systematic Approach
    It’s important to link with and update the other processes you already use, and if that includes a web site, make sure you publish the appropriate material there as well.

But most importantly don’t leave it to the last minute to start. To meet the PIRMP requirements and have it submitted to the EPA on time, it typically takes around one month of full-time work, depending on the size of your facility.

Best of luck!