Health Safety & Environment subcommittee
The Health, Safety and
Environment Sub-Committee has the following members:
Ian Thomas (Chair), Faye
Simpson, Deborah Macfarlane and Carlo Fasolino.
The objectives of the HSE
Sub-Committee are to:
- Identify key HS&E
aspects for all Coode Island activities.
- Assess adequacy of system
for their management and its performance.
- Analyse incidents and
accidents and the responses implemented to prevent re-occurrence.
- Review the implementation
and recommendations of CIRP and other studies.
- Propose an initial HS&E
improvement plan for CICCC agreement.
of the Sub-Committee
In 2002 the Emergency Management
Subcommittee was subsumed within the Committee as a whole, as the
issue was of interest to all members.
Information on the history of the subcommittee is provided below for
Leser, Deborah Macfarlane and Cathy Aktypsis
Island Users Group and Terminals Representative:
The key objective of the emergency management sub-committee is
To improve the communication to the immediate geographical community regarding
the emergency management of Coode Island related incidents.
The goals of the emergency management sub committee are:
- Identify community needs in regard to communication related to the emergency
management of Coode Island related incidents.
- Ensure Emergency Response Plans are in place that serve the Coode Island Users
and the surrounding Community.
- Ensure communication links are in place between Coode Island Users, Response
Agencies and the immediate geographic neighbourhood.
- Ensure that the state of readiness of the Response Agencies is adequate to deal
with emergency situations [such as the 1991 fire at Coode Island, transport-related
incident, shipping related accident].
- Quantify improvements that have been made since the Coode Island fire.
- Ensure Coode Island individual User Emergency Plans the Coode Island overall
Plans and the State Municipal Plans are properly linked and integrated.
The community of people living and working in the nearby geographical areas
covered by the Cities of Melbourne, Maribyrnong and those in the immediate area who live
within the boundaries of the Cities of Moonee Valley and Hobsons Bay
City of Melbourne
City of Maribyrnong
State Emergency Response Agencies [Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services Board,
State Emergency Services, Victoria Police, Victorian Work Cover Authority, EPA]
- conduct review of emergency services procedures in relation to key Coode Island
- conduct a forum with the local community and emergency services to identify
communication needs and areas for improvement
- survey community agencies to assess their needs in regard to emergency management
of a Coode Island related accident
Improvements and gaps are identified resulting in integrated emergency
management procedures and communication links with neighbouring communities
Activities & Achievements
- Two Emergency Response forums were convened. The first by the Cities of
Melbourne and Maribyrnong and the second by the Kensington Association with funding from
the City of Moonee Valley. At those meetings, the public was invited to hear presentations
and participate in discussion with representatives of the Emergency Response Agencies
Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services Board, State Emergency Services, Victoria
Police, Municipal Councils, EPA and local organizations/individuals.
- Recognition of range of difficulties in disseminating relevant information.
- Lack of standardisation of alarm signals from various bulk liquid storage companies.
- Lack of knowledge amongst general public of where to obtain information in an emergency.
- Service gaps from response agencies were noted and led to a meeting of the Emergency
Management Sub Committee with those agencies
- Melbourne City Council subsequently issued to all premises an emergency kit including a
fridge magnet with emergency information.
- Presentation from the Response Agencies
A meeting of the CICCC Emergency Management Sub-Committee was held, at the
Melbourne City Council, on September 6 1999, with key Emergency Response agencies and the
Melbourne Port Corporation outlining the current operation of DISPLAN and proposed
- The Port Emergency Plan was updated and links inserted to State Emergency Response
- Special Recognition among State Emergency Plans of hazardous facilities such as Coode
Island. in addition to general emergency response plans.
- Coode Island Users Group Emergency Plan an overarching emergency
management plan linking all the individual company plans is currently being developed in
conjunction with the State Emergency Services agency.
- Promoted the need to establish solid communication links to the Community
through annual Emergency Management Forums which bring together key response agencies and
the local communities.
- Promoted interaction between key Emergency Response Agencies [Metropolitan Fire
and Emergency Services Board Victoria Police, State Emergency Services, EPA, Municipal
Emergency Response Officers and also the Victorian Channel Authority and the Melbourne
refer to Minutes of meeting on September 6 1999.
It is proposed that a further meeting be convened in June 2000.
- Reviewed the state of readiness of the Emergency Response Agencies and noted that there
is a marked improvement since the 1991 Coode Island fires.
Action: Future meeting proposed for June 2000
FURTHER SUB-COMMITTEE ACTIVITY PROPOSED IN PERIOD JUNE TO NOVEMBER 2000
- Review Coode Island users draft Integrated Emergency Plan. currently being prepared by
the State Emergency Services agency.
- Visit the Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services Board and State Emergency Services
agency Control Centres.
- Investigate other emergency response systems around the world.
- Participate in individual company and Port emergency exercises and debriefing session.
- Participate in reviewing risk studies conducted by Terminals Pty Ltd as they prepare
their Work Cover Safety Case and plans for their major redevelopment.
NOTE: The preparation of a Work Cover Safety Case is a Victorian Work Cover Authority
requirement for major hazard facilities which are required to lodge a document that maps:
system operations, safety management and emergency response through which the operating
company demonstrates the level of risk will be as low as practicable.
- Work with key Council Municipal Emergency Response Officers to develop community
emergency communication links and facilitate their incorporation into the existing
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