All of us at BC Hazmat Management are thrilled to have our company named as a finalist for the 2017 Vancouver Island EcoStar Awards.
The Vancouver Island EcoStar Awards recognize outstanding environmental achievements and leadership by businesses, organizations, and individuals.
These awards are given to local champions of initiatives, projects, and innovations that contribute to a vibrant future in which our communities and ecology both prosper.
Most of the time people think of us dealing with the environment “after” damage has been done, you’d be surprised to learn the many ways BC Hazmat Management takes an active role in doing our part to protect the environment.
The first and key item we contribute is training. Our safety training programs are designed not only to protect people, but they are also crucial in protecting the environment. The first rule of safety is DON’T HAVE AN ACCIDENT!
Unfortunately, accidents do happen. A mechanical failure, for example, can occur even with the utmost of due diligence. If an environmental spill occurs, then companies and organizations we work with will have both the emergency supplies and the BC Hazmat Management training to rely on, helping them mitigate any potential damage. If an incident is responded to by a BC Hazmat Management team, then the fully equipped fast response emergency vehicles and trained staff have what they need to reduce the risk of further damage and potentially cleanse an area. All too often we see or hear stories of untrained personnel and improper supplies leading to environmental damage that was most likely unnecessary. It all comes back to training.
Another area we do our part in protecting the environment is in the disposal or “recycling” of hydrocarbons or chemicals in a responsible manner. We are diligent in working with vendors that can take contaminated items we collect and in some cases remove and recycle hydrocarbons. Unlike when hazardous items are just thrown into a landfill which is often done unknowingly by homeowners or untrained staff, we take the time to make sure the items go to a valid disposal site or company. This protects not only the environment but also staff that works at waste disposal sites.
One of the areas asked of us regarding the nomination was all about innovation. Unfortunately the newest crisis to hit the “public environment” is fentanyl. Realizing early on that potentially unprepared public service workers (not by their choice) were having to deal with the risks of fentanyl in quite likely unsafe or underprepared procedures, BC Hazmat Management developed a fentanyl recovery kit. Although what may seem simple by design, is a major step in protecting both the individual worker and public from infection. The kits contain safety gear and a safe container with which to place all infected items for transport. Calls for the kits and questions of their design have come from all over North America, especially from various police forces. BC Hazmat has gone above and beyond in researching the dangers of Opioids and informing and training our own staff on a regular basis. The company has gone further by using social media channels to inform the public of the dangers and connecting directly with unions, human resource professionals and other safety specialists regarding the risks involved for frontline workers. Our spill and bio-hazard training is consistently being updated with knowledge about the possible risks related to fentanyl.
We’d like to wish all the finalist’s for the EcoStar awards the best and thank all of them for their very sincere and diligent efforts in protecting the environment for our generation and the generations to come.
The awards event takes place at the Inn at Laurel Point on Nov 16, 2017