EMERGENCY RESPONSE: SAFETY
Global constructs and operates its facilities based on extensive federal, state and local regulation, applicable codes and Global’s own operating standards. These procedures include safety measures to prevent spills or fire and provide a safe working environment. The Albany Terminal is licensed by the State of New York and has extensive spill prevention and spill containment systems.
Each day, our employees inspect the Terminal for spill prevention purposes and to evaluate any additional maintenance that may be required outside of the standard preventative maintenance program we undertake. In addition to Global’s inspections, several state and federal agencies routinely conduct their own inspections to ensure our operations comply with their requirements. During the past year, government agencies have conducted dozens of inspections of the Global facility. These agencies include the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Global regularly trains employees on safe operating protocols, emergency response, spill prevention and response, and fire prevention and response. Special attention is given to fire prevention practices, including the controls used at the Terminal to prevent the occurrence of fires through systems used at the Terminal, as well as work practices.
Fire response training is conducted on a regular basis in conjunction with the Albany Fire Department, which would serve as incident commander in the event of an incident at the Terminal. Representatives of the Albany Fire Department have been on-site at the Terminal on several occasions and are familiar with on-site facilities and equipment.
Employees are provided with substantial training on spill response procedures, based on federal training guidance. This training provides employees with knowledge on the strategies to be employed in the event of a product spill to minimize risk to on-site personnel, the public, the environment and property.
Regular emergency preparedness and response drills are conducted involving facility personnel and local, state and federal emergency response organizations. Drills include emergency responder notification, tabletop exercises and equipment deployment activities. Following each drill, an “after action” review is conducted to evaluate drill performance and to initiate any recommendations to improve performance of the response team. These drills make certain that all responders are familiar with their tasks and effective response measures.
A variety of on-site equipment is available for use during an incident or spill at the Terminal, including skimmers and pumps, booms, sorbents, communication equipment, and personal protective equipment. All crude oil tanks are equipped with a fixed foam fire suppression system. In addition, two self-contained mobile foam trailers equipped with hoses, nozzles and monitors are available for fire response within Kenwood Yard.
What Happens if an Incident Occurs?
In the event of an incident or spill at the Terminal, the fire department would be called. Depending on the nature of the incident, additional notifications may be made to the National Response Center, the U.S. Coast Guard, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and others.
If an incident occurs, Terminal operators are trained to assess the incident, respond as appropriate and conduct notifications specified in the site’s Emergency Response Action Plan. Personnel are instructed to assemble at the pre-designated assembly point. Procedures to evacuate personnel include sounding facility alarms and communications by radio and word of mouth.
In the unlikely event that an evacuation was deemed necessary beyond the facility, such activity would be directed by the Albany Fire Department, as part of the incident commander’s control and management. Global would coordinate and cooperate with the Albany Fire Department as directed and needed.
Incidents involving rail cars or rail lines located outside of Global’s Kenwood Yard Offloading Area are the responsibility of the rail carrier and local emergency personnel.