Cases of damage / Accidents Involving Hazardous Materials

Whether during production, processing, or transport: Despite state-of-the-art technology, one hundred percent protection from accidents is not possible. Most companies are aware of this fact and try to prepare for cases of damage and accidents involving hazardous materials. P+R supports you in this endeavor with decades worth of experience: before, in a consulting function, but also in an emergency.

If fuel or toxic substances leak in a traffic accident, a naval accident, or a chemical accident, the response must be quick. Otherwise, soil and water contamination can be the consequence, living organisms may be endangered, and property may be damaged. Immediate measures planned and managed by P+R can serve a wide variety of goals: from preventing further risks via securing the accident site and containing the damage to damage repair or securing evidence.

Our services in detail:

  • Recording how the damage happened and the extent of the damage, and securing evidence
  • Determining the properties of the leaked hazardous material (quantity, type, harmfulness, etc.)
  • Assessing the risk for humans, for the environment, as well as for affected and neighboring usage areas (buildings, water protection zones, spring protection zones, surface waters, sewer systems, rainwater pipes and connected infiltration systems), checking the risk of explosion, hazardous material  evaluation
  • Determining and coordinating fast and efficient damage-mitigating emergency measures to protect the drinking water supply, the soil, and the groundwater or surface waters, taking into account the requisite occupational safety and environmental protection regulations (DGUV regulation 101-004)
  • Site management to control and monitor immediate measures for containing further expansion of the hazardous materials and for damage repair
  • Performing the necessary sampling (clearance measurement, mixed sampling of excavations for declaration in accordance with legal regulations governing waste disposal)
  • Dealing with local authorities
  • Design of further explorations if harmful soil changes are suspected
  • Hazard assessment and consideration of environmental pathways in accordance with the German Federal Soil Protection Act
  • Expert recommendations on the further procedures
  • Waste management, incl. disposal of hazardous waste in accordance with the electronic waste documentation procedure eANV