In addition to the global SHE policy, each Koppers facility develops and maintains written emergency response, preparedness and prevention plans. These plans, created with input from local community members and emergency responders, address potential emergency scenarios and describe how the facility will respond. Koppers tests and coordinates its planning with local authorities and community organizations.
In addition to communicating emergency preparedness plans, the company engages on a regular basis with community members and local organizations via Community Advisory Panels, participation in local emergency planning and response activities, open houses, postings on the Koppers website and support for local volunteer efforts.
Training Together to Operate Tank Cars Safely
Koppers provides on-site instruction in all aspects of tank-car functionality and safety during training sessions conducted both in the classroom and hands-on with a tank car. As part of its Responsible Care® outreach mandate, Koppers invites the participation of other local companies, emergency planning committees, law enforcement, Homeland Security, the Coast Guard and other responders, who contribute information concerning their specific safety and preparedness priorities.
These events provide a forum for enhancing community awareness and emergency responders' knowledge of tank car operations, tank car anatomy and emergency response strategies when responding to railroad incidents. As a host, Koppers benefits from first responders becoming more familiar with our operations and plant management teams, enabling them to react more quickly in the event of an incident.
"As Grimes County's emergency manager, this training is essential towards helping me understand the nature of risks inherent in hazardous materials traveling by rail. Ensuring the safety of my county requires a team effort with all members actively engaged in planning and training for incidents—reducing the likelihood that incidents will occur at all."
—David Lilly, Emergency Management Coordinator, Grimes County, Texas