Sustainability Report 2016

Case Study

Highlights 2016

Supporting clients affected by chemical blast in Tianjin, China

Tianjin, China

A number of multinational companies requested assistance from ERM following a series of chemical explosions in Tianjin, China. The explosions occurred in August 2015 at a container storage station at the Port of Tianjin.

A special ERM task force was created to manage demands, coordinate ERM resources and ensure an integrated approach to our clients' requests, which included air quality sampling for suitability to work or return to work and sampling of property, products (both inside and outside of the plant) and the plant itself to determine the types and levels of contamination, as well as decontamination requirements.

The ERM task force consisting of specialists from China, supported by international colleagues provided the necessary training, equipment and sampling protocols to operate consistently and safely in locations affected by the explosion.

ERM’s work in the immediate aftermath of the explosion helped our clients ensure the safety of their employees and operational continuity. Our projects provided a level of assurance that workers could safely return to their jobs as well as guidance for treating and cleaning container interiors and exteriors so that products could safely be brought into production. Additional sampling and risk assessment in the following months, particularly around air quality and contaminant residue, as well as further training, has assisted our clients in preparing an effective response to catastrophic events in the future.