Enviro Care’s Emergency Response Division maintains a 24-hour 365 day expertise HAZMAT Response Team that will respond in the event of an accidental release of all hazardous materials or substances as defined by the United States Department of Transportation, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 49, Section 172.101 “Hazardous Materials Table”. In addition, we are a recognized Oil Spill Response Organization (OSRO) per the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, in conjunction with the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP). We performed several training exercises under the supervision of the Environmental Protection Agency and maintain an excellent reputation as a leader in the response industry. Our response personnel consist of full-time, trained, insured employees with years of experience remediating flammable, corrosive, poison, reactive, oxidizer, PCB, explosive, unstable/shock sensitive and petroleum-based materials. Our response teams include chemists; geologists, hydrologists, Certified Industrial Hygienist, federally permitted explosive technicians, hazardous waste management technicians and other specialists with extensive governmental and industrial experience.
Enviro Care prides itself on the level of experience and training our response directors and technicians receive. All response personnel train using state-of-the-art equipment, and receive monthly, quarterly and annual classroom or field training under mock release situation. Training includes but is not limited to the following:
- 40-hour trained, with yearly 8-hour refresher courses, per OSHA requirements under 29CFR, Part 1910.120 “Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response.”
- Chemical composition and waste stream compatibility procedures
- Identification of unknown hazardous materials and or substances
- Trained and certified for the equipment, which they may operate.
- Motor Carrier Operators trained and certified per 49 CFR Part 177.816 and 49 CFR Part 172, Subpart H.
- E-Rail trained for operations on railroad property or right-of-ways
- Highway and railroad tanker/tank car response and transfer
- Many Enviro Care employees have and/or maintain United States Government National Security Clearance.
Drug and Alcohol Testing
Enviro Care is a drug and alcohol free workplace, and conducts drug and alcohol testing of their employees exceeding the requirements of FMCSA and the RSPA pipeline program (nine versus 6 panel drug and alcohol testing).
We are fully insured to perform various types of environmental services, including emergency thermal destruction of shock sensitive materials, and maintain a two million dollar ($2.000, 000) Environmental Impairment Insurance policy. We also carry Errors and Omission Insurance under our combined Operation and Professional Services Pollution Liability for a combined six million ($6,000,000). All environmental services accomplished in accordance with OSHA, DOT, EPA, RCRA, and state, local and other applicable regulations.
Self Contained Response Units
To assist our Response Team in the field, we maintain fully equipped, self-contained response units, ready to respond for any situation. These units carry specialized equipment for all levels of protection. The following is a partial list of the types of equipment the response units carry:
- Level “A” Chemical Suits (on-hand inventory capable of sending ten responders into a Level “A” situation).
- Supplied Air Demand System
- Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA).
- All equipment necessary to repackage drums.
- Specialized equipment for routine and emergency transfer of bulk fluids
- Pressurized large cylinder containment device (cylinder coffin)
- Equipment to contain the spread of spills (shirt/curtain containment booms, absorbent booms & pads, pipe plugs and plug and dike materials for metal application)
- Corrosive neutralization products
- Decontamination equipment
- Sampling equipment; air, radiation, mercury and HAZCATtm Identification Kits.
Some of our projects include the following:
- Sodium azide release in transportation resulting in the evacuation of rural community and fire; performed on site reaction of unspent product
- Emergency removal and thermal destruction of shock sensitive ethers, acids and explosives from hospitals, laboratories, universities and government facilities within the State of Utah and Missouri
- Hydrofluoric Acid tanker rollover accident on I-70 resulting in closure of I-70 and the transfer of HF from damaged tanker.
- Ruptured underground crude oil pipeline resulting with a 60,000 barrel release
- Ruptured underground gasoline pipeline release resulting with a 500 barrel release into storm sewers, open canals and a major waterway
- Nitric Tank and Sodium Hydroxide Tank (40,000 gallons total) failure due to severe storm causing a violent mixture an evacuation of a four square mile area within downtown Salt Lake City. Neutralized and transferred product to emergency holding tanks.
- Numerous cold tap decanting of over-the-road tanker vehicles carrying flammable materials.
Enviro Care works with a wide variety of specialized equipment such as:
- Oil Skimmers
- Portable pumping equipment both chemical and petroleum compatible
- Drum crushers and tippers
- Remote detonation devices
- End dumps and roll offs
- Vacuum tankers
- Front end loaders
- VaxJet closed loop cleaning system
Safety is the first priority with Enviro Care. A site safety and health plan is developed and implemented prior to beginning response activities. Upon initial notification and throughout the project, Enviro Care provides written, photographic and direct reading monitor documentation, and implements an incident management and cost containment plan. Team members and response personnel are current in all required safety training and certifications. All response and remediation operations are accomplished following OSHA, DOT, EPA, and RCRA, state, local and other applicable regulations.