What Happens When You Call Protect Environmental for an Emergency

Tractor trailers crisscross the country day and night carrying every product imaginable.  The companies that own and operate these trucks strive for excellent safety records but accidents can happen on the roadways at any time.  Fuel, engine fluids and the cargo being transported can all be spilled when one of these trucks is involved in a wreck.  When Protect Environmental’s hazardous materials teams are called on to respond to an emergency on a roadway; Protect’s staff springs into action to ensure a quick, economical and thorough cleanup.

When making the call to Protect Environmental, the caller will be asked for important details about the incident such as the location, the volume and name of the material spilled and the client’s contact information.  This information is passed on to the supervisor who will oversee operations on the ground during the response.  The supervisor will contact the client with an ETA and may ask for additional information regarding the incident.

Once the Protect Team arrives on site, the supervisor will meet with local police, fire and transportation officials who are responding to the incident while the team takes measures to contain the spill if the material continues to spread.  The supervisor will quickly assess the scene by noting conditions such as temperature and wind, measuring the size of the impacted area and investigating potential contamination of waterways and storm drains while relaying pertinent information to the client.  Once an assessment is completed the supervisor will devise a strategy for the cleanup, call for any heavy equipment that may be needed and go over any additional safety issues with the team.

Protect’s team will then immediately begin cleanup operations.  The roadway will be barricaded or closed during the operation. The supervisor will closely monitor the cleanup’s progress while keeping the client informed and logging all actions taken as well as the material and equipment used.  When the cleanup is complete, the team will inventory the waste generated and stage it for disposal. A confirmation soil sample is collected to insure that the removal of impact was successful.

After operations are concluded, information about the cleanup including photographs, logs, maps and waste disposal documents are compiled into a final report for the client.  Since Protect personnel are on site during every step of the cleanup process any questions or actions taken can be answered immediately. The final report is compiled and is comprehensive. This final report can be submitted to the TCEQ to meet the responsible party’s reporting requirements.

Protect Environmental has been assisting clients with chemical and fuel spills since 1996 and our staff have conducted cleanup operations in numerous environments including roadways, rivers, warehouses, commercial parking lots, isolated wooded areas, airports and construction sites.  Clients can count on Protect Environmental to handle their emergency spill cleanups in a professional and legal manner.  If your company is at risk from potential chemical or fuel  spills, make Protect Environmental a part of your contingency planning so that all your emergency cleanup needs are met with one phone call.

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