Chemical response

Why do I need a Chemical Response service?

  • Incidents involving chemicals can lead to needless business fines and heavy personal liability
  • Our emergency service keeps you, your employees and neighbours safe
  • Environmental impacts are minimised
  • Clean-up costs, fines and insurance fees are kept as low as possible
  • Optimum post-spill business continuity is assured, often with no interruptions at all
  • Investor confidence is encouraged and asset values maintained

Why Adler and Allan?

  • National Chemical Emergency Centre (NCEC) trained hazardous materials first responders and hazardous materials tactical advisors

  • Several responders also trained to incident site controller level to manage operations in coordination with the emergency services in category one- and two-level hazardous materials incidents
  • An understanding of the United Nation’s Classification of Hazardous Materials

  • Chemical advice line to provide advice in the event of an emergency
  • 24/7 emergency response and support service
  • Your membership allows unlimited callouts
  • We can safely deal with any chemical substances and hazardous materials
  • Our one stop shop service includes vital spill reduction measures

The UK’s only total, nationwide emergency chemical response

We are the only environmental protection contractor that is geared up to offer a total, nationwide emergency chemical response service - dealing with the source of your problem and taking it away. It means we can clean up every kind of chemical spill, quickly and completely, from a minor battery acid leak to potentially catastrophic widespread industrial releases and dangerous gas breaches.

Our specialists manage initial response, first assessing the risks before immediate containment, permanent clean-up, site decontamination and the treatment and removal of all hazardous substances, including sulphuric acid and mercury.

A national network of 25 rapid response centres allows us to mobilise a fully equipped crew of on-scene experts within an hour. They will usually be on your site within three hours, wherever you are in the UK – with skilled incident advisors guiding you over the ‘phone on immediate spill control measures that will reduce impact and chemical hazards while en route.

Long-established team of chemists

We have the country’s longest, most successful track record of chemical response. Our long-established team of chemists, DGSAs and trained consultants is always armed with advanced specialist equipment and tech, that features the latest capabilities to readily assess the risks and deal with the problem quickly.

We also have National Chemical Emergency Centre (NCEC) trained hazardous materials first responders and hazardous materials tactical advisors with some also trained to incident site controller level to manage operations in coordination with the emergency services in category one- and two-level hazardous materials incidents.

We have emergency response contracts in place with hundreds of SMEs and larger companies who handle or store chemicals and other hazardous materials across many sectors. In addition, we are an Environment Agency preferred supplier, routinely appointed when a clean-up operation is imposed on a polluting organisation. As the first and only response contractor to be recognised by the International Spill Accreditation Scheme (ISAS), we are an accredited third-party Tier 2 Oil Spill Response Organisation for more than 50 ports, harbours and oil terminals.

Full range of chemical spill locations and scenarios

Trusted to provide incident responses when they need us most, our dedicated professionals are well used to dealing with the full range of chemical spill locations and scenarios, including marine, fresh and ground water, road tanker rollovers, land remediation projects and hazardous waste. Eighty-five percent of them hold a chemistry degree and all are certified by UKSpill. Meanwhile, we are members of 16 other leading accrediting bodies, including The Nautical Institute and APEA as well as holding all relevant industry qualifications.

Track records in the chemical team of several decades are not uncommon and such is the recognition of their experience and knowledge, they were called in to work on Environment Agency Environmental Damage or Liability Regulations.

These list the immediate and long-lasting impacts of not only chemical breaches, but oil spills, pesticide leaks, sewage and animal slurries and outages of beverages, dairy products, detergents, paints and ink. They include:

  • The closure of public water supplies and other abstractions, both surface water and groundwater
  • Damage to wetland habitats, fisheries and river ecosystems
  • Disruption of recreational and other river uses
  • Groundwater contamination
  • Land contamination
  • Beach and coastal
  • Risk to and impacts on human health from air pollution
  • Evacuation of populations and workplaces, hospitals and schools

The law says…

Any hazardous substances must be stored safely and emergency plans must be in place

Given the potential serious consequences of a spill, any hazardous substances must be stored safely and emergency plans must be in place in case of a breach. If one does occur, the legal position is always a simple one: “the polluter pays”, even if it was caused by vandalism or another third party on the organisation’s land or premises.

In practical terms this means that whoever caused chemical pollution as a result of ‘operating an economic activity’ is responsible for its prompt and proper clean-up. This can be ruinously expensive, with no cap and totals of tens of millions of pounds by no means rare, particularly if groundwater has been contaminated. 'Polluter pays' also extends to any risk of damage stemming from your business’ activities, which means you must do all you reasonably can to prevent contamination happening in the first place.

Statutorily imposed costs and penalties aside, seeking to set in motion a responsible enterprise that suffers no business disruption or lost assets is a far better commercial strategy than not investing time and money in preventing trouble. Indeed, avoiding the array of potentially vast post-spill repercussions and losses can often mean the difference between an organisation’s survival or failure.

Wide range of spill prevention and management services

For this reason, our wider range of adjacent prevention and management services includes spill planning, a vital risk management process that includes hazard auditing and identifying where staff training would by valuable; spill training, which shows your workforce how to make an effective, rapid spill control response that will limit damage; and the emergency chemical spill kits and personal protective equipment appropriate for your range of materials that quickly and safely minimise environmental impacts, reducing clean-up costs and business disruption.

It’s all part of our end to end environmental risk reduction and protection offer, which sees our Chemical Response team supported by an unparalleled wider national group of 500 scientists and engineers, who hold more than 5,000 higher level qualifications between them.

Keep your business compliant and protect the environment while reducing the risk of operational downtime

Find out how Adler and Allan reduce your risk and support you on your journey to Net-Zero through the management and maintenance of assets.

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