Module 1 – STANDARDS COMPLIANCE
The entry level or foundation block for Accreditation for all spill Responders, enabling STANDARDS COMPLIANCE Accreditation status. All contractors are required to complete this Module. However, this Module alone will be suitable for small companies, tanker operators and manufacturers with limited response capacity, and showing capability to deal with basic product containment and recovery ie on a yard/uplifting from a bund/emptying drains/deployment and recovery of absorbents onto spill on yard/roadway/in a building. This applies to simple recovery operations.The contractor must be capable of effectively dealing with oil spillages which have been contained on impermeable surfaces and small spillages to minor watercourses that require simple recovery, removal and disposal. Evidence of adequate Public Liability insurance indemnity (minimum one million pounds) must be provided. The contractor must be a registered waste carrier or have standing arrangements with a registered waste carrier.
Module 2 - FRESH WATER SPILLS
This includes oil spills which affect lakes, rivers, streams, and is now accredited at two levels - FW (formerly designated FW 1 & 2) and FW Plus, (formerly designated FW level 3). This module applies to companies operating principally as Inland Spill contractors specialising in spill clean up, ie small and medium companies will usually obtain FW, and larger companies will obtain FW Plus specialising in spill clean up. FW will cover small to medium size spillages where containment and recovery from a variety of surfaces, including those of river banks and watercourses and on still and flowing water bodies, can be required. Facilities for the disposal and/or recycling where appropriate of recovered materials including oil/water mixtures and contaminated soils must be available. Evidence of Public Liability insurance indemnity (minimum two million pounds) must be provided. The contractor must be a registered waste carrier or have standing arrangements with a registered waste carrier. FW Plus will cover complex containment and recovery operations. Contractors operating at this level will be expected to have a range of specialised equipment and personnel and be capable of dealing with spills that require prolonged period of activity. Evidence of Public Liability insurance indemnity (minimum five million pounds) must be provided.
Module 3 - GROUND WATER SPILLS
This module covers oil spills affecting water in the ground, (formerly designated GW levels 1, 2 and 3).
Module 4 - ROAD TANKER ROLLOVER
This module covers oil spills involving tanker vehicles.
Module 5 - MARINE SPILLS
This module covers oil spills in the sea, estuarial rivers and the shoreline, this Module can only be obtained after completing Module 2 (at Fresh Water Plus level) and covers spills at the highest level, and gives FULL Accreditation status, this applies to the larger companies with the most comprehensive spill capabilities and services. All contractors applying for accreditation are expected to have a detailed knowledge of statutory requirements relating to the type of work they undertake, a comprehensive knowledge of the equipment being used and the oil properties with which they may be dealing so that they can carry out a full and detailed risk assessment before commencing work. Evidence must be produced to show that staff have attended appropriate IMO or MCA Nautical Institute accredited training courses.Besides being able to demonstrate competence in the area for which accreditation is being sought contractors must: Provide evidence of adequate Public Liability insurance indemnity (minimum five million Pounds). The contractor must be a registered waste carrier or have standing arrangements with a registered waste carrier.
Module 6 - LAND REMEDIATION
This new Module covers oil spills on land, requiring a variety of remedial action including bio and other techniques.
Module 7 - HNS (Hazardous Noxious Substances) /Hazmat Spills
This new module covering chemical spills is a new module under development in conjunction with the Regulators and the National Chemical Emergency Centre (NCEC).
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