Environmental incidents and near-misses
Possible and actual incidents must be reported, complete the HS1 form and contact Health and Safety via the route advised on the form.
An environmental incident or emergency is a sudden onset accident or disaster resulting from natural, technological or human-induced factors, or a combination of these, that causes or threatens to cause environmental damage as well as impacts on human lives and/or property. Emergency preparedness is a term increasingly used to describe the interface between accidents, human life, health, and the environment.
• Spillages of paint, cleaning and maintenance supplies
• Spillages of laboratory chemicals
• Incorrectly disposed chemicals
• Drain malfunction
• Fire causing emissions to air and fire water run off
• Spillages of fuel from refuelling
• Emergency situations arising from contracted building works
• Site flooding
• Refrigerant release
• Building collapse
• Storm damage
• Sewerage release