UPSS Incident management procedures
Sourced from www.epa.nsw.gov.au 14/11/2013
All UPSS (both new and old) must have documented incident management procedures in place by 1 June 2009. These procedures must be retained as part of the EPP and outline how the person responsible will verify whether the loss is the result of a leak or spill or some other cause (such as incorrectly calibrated equipment or faulty accounting procedures).
Where a discrepancy is identified as a leak or spill, the procedures should detail the following responses:
- notification of the incident to the appropriate regulatory authority (ARA) and DECCW’s Environment Line (see Section 4.5 for details)
- actions taken as soon as practicable to prevent any further release of petroleum into the environment
- identification and mitigation of any fire, explosion or vapour hazards
- all steps taken to prevent migration of any petroleum that has leaked or spilled
- all steps taken to recover or remove petroleum that has leaked or spilled, so that the site does not pose a threat to the environment or human health and safety
- removal or, where practicable, repair of leaking UPSS components in accordance with industry best practice.
DECCW recommends that the person responsible for a UPSS engages a suitably qualified and experienced person to assist in the development of an incident management procedure.