Quad Cities Sub-area Contingency Plan

XI. Site Safety Plan

During a major incident involving hazardous substances, several hazardous materials response (HazMat) teams could participate in the response. These teams should consist of personnel trained to at least the technician level, and should be in complete compliance with OSHA's 1910.120 regulations. One of these requirements is the development of a site safety plan (SSP).

HazMat teams that could be present during a response include teams from municipal fire departments, contractors for RP's, states or federal agencies; a USCG Strike Team; teams from military bases; and industrial mutual aid teams. Because each of these entities normally develops its own site safety plan, there is potential for conflict or confusion when the various response teams arrive at an incident. To ensure the safety of all responders and effectively implement the response, procedures to coordinate all efforts to develop safety plans for the site are needed.

If a site has a single IC, that commander will appoint a Site Safety Officer (SSO), who will coordinate with the safety officers of all responding HazMat teams. The SSO will ensure compatibility of all of the various site safety plans with the overall site safety plan, as indicated by the procedures spelled out in detail in Appendix L. If a UCS is in place, the unified commanders will appoint an overall SSO, who will be responsible for completing an overall SSP.

Any safety officer who disagrees with any portion of the SSP, after working with the SSO, should communicate concerns to the senior official on site for his or her organization. That official should discuss those concerns with the IC or UCS. The IC, or unified commanders, will bring the matter to the attention of the SSO and seek a resolution. The IC, who is ultimately responsible for the safety of everyone on site, has final approval of the SSP.

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