Marine Spill

Vessel Responsibilities in a Marine Spill

The vastness of the ocean can give the impression that it is a system that can handle whatever humans do to it. It is, however, an environment that is sensitive to the activities of modern industry. Pollution from marine spills is one of the most harmful threats facing the ocean today. Knowing the proper steps to take in the event of a spill can reduce damages, save crew lives and lower the company liabilities.

Emergency Plan Procedures

Every vessel is required to have either a Shipboard Oil Pollution Emergency Plan or a Shipboard Marine Pollution Emergency Plan if they weigh 400 gross tons or more. These plans provide guidelines for how to handle spills. Ensure that all crew members are trained in what to do in the event the plans need to be activated. A rapid marine spill response is critical to protecting your company and crew as well as the ocean ecosystem.

Reporting Procedures

Vessels carrying oil or hazardous materials are expected to contact the proper authorities, including local, state and federal agencies when a spill occurs that meets established rules for reporting. The National Response Center is the quickest point of contact for the federal government. The Environmental Protection Agency sets the guidelines for when oil spills need to be reported, while the Superfund Reportable Quantities establishes the requirements for when to report hazardous substance spills.

Physical Hazards

3 Physical Hazards Professional Cleaners Face Every Day

Professional cleaning service workers are exposed to chemical hazards on a daily basis. From inhaling toxic fumes to experiencing chemical burns, these dangers create an inherently risky environment for cleaners. They also, however, often overshadow the job’s equally-dangerous physical hazards.

1. Repetitive Motion

One of the most common cleaning liabilities is the risk of injury due to repetitive motion. Cleaners who spend hours a day sweeping, vacuuming, or mopping are more susceptible to obtaining an injury from overworking particular muscles or joints.

2. Bending and Lifting

Similar to the risk of injury due to repetitive movements, frequent bending and lifting places unnecessary strain on the body when done incorrectly. Moving sturdy furniture or heavy objects out of your way, for example, ensures a thorough clean, but it also increases your risk of sustaining a back injury. Though learning proper movement techniques can help prevent injury, a job as physically intensive as cleaning will never eradicate this problem entirely.

3. Noise Pollution

Though rarely acknowledged, noisy equipment poses a physical health risk to its operators. Even when a sound is not particularly sharp or loud, the sustained drone can harm your sense of hearing over time. This also means important auditory signals, such as fire alarms and security alerts, may go unnoticed by cleaning crews.

The spectrum of cleaning liabilities is vast and varied, but cleaning service insurance can alleviate some of the common fears — such as that of serious physical injury — that plague cleaning companies and their employees.