Information on what an industrial accident is, how to report one, what to do if there is an industrial action and if you are evacuated because of a chemical incident what should you do.
Large industrial accidents are extremely rare and both the industries and authorities concerned go to great lengths to make sure that if an accident does happen, it can be dealt with effectively and local communities are alerted and protected.
The industries who fall under the Control of Major Accident Hazards regulations 1999 (COMAH) are some of the most closely regulated and safest in the country. Multi-agency emergency plans are in place to ensure that all response and recovery arrangements are implemented effectively should an industrial accident occur.
Dial 999 and ask for the Fire and Rescue Service.
Once connected you will be asked a series of questions relating to the accident you wish to report.
Advice may also be given on what actions you should take depending on the nature of the accident.
If you live close to a large chemical site, you might receive information from the site(s) in you area advising you of the actions to take in the event in an accident.
Generally, the advice in a chemical incident is to 'Go in, stay in and tunes in'. What you should do is:
On your return home:
Always listen to advice given to you by the emergency services.