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Emergency Response Planning (ERP)

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Course Overview

The goal of this course is to provide an understanding of the planning and preparation of emergency response plans. Participants would bring their existing plans for review and to determine any gaps as they move through the course. Participants will collaborate in small groups to analyze scenarios using incident videos and case studies.


The Emergency Response Planning course is designed for operations, safety and maintenance managers; operations, technical, and maintenance engineers; ERP element leaders and team members; and site process safety management (PSM) leaders and team members.

The content is highly technical, requiring the facilitator and participants to be familiar with outputs of process hazards analysis and have an understanding of the possible emergency scenarios.

Learning Objectives

In order to accelerate skill development, this course features a problem-based learning approach that provides a collaborative job-focused experience. Participants will apply procedural requirements to anticipate emergency scenarios, and apply critical thinking skills for prevention and to respond to emergencies. They will also collaboratively build a personal compilation of recommendations to apply on the job, including distinguishing factors to consider when building a command and control structure and identifying training needs and requirements for drills.

Length: 2-day course

  • PSM 101: PSM Overview
  • Prior exposure to operations, maintenance, or projects

Module 1:

Purpose of Emergency Response Planning
This module identifies the need for emergency response planning.

Module 2:

Identifying Emergency Scenarioss
Participants will begin to recognize and describe the process for identifying emergency scenarios.

Module 3:

Preventive Measures
In this module, participants will cover factors and considerations in developing preventive measures.

Module 4:

Response Measures
This module defines appropriate response measures to mitigate specific emergency scenarios.

Module 5:

Roles, Responsibilities and Authorities
Participants will become familiar with the roles and responsibilities for managing emergencies.

Module 6:

Training Development and Drills
In this module, the training needs based on emergency situation roles and responsibilities will be identified.

Module 5:

How to Get Started
This module will present ideas for getting started and applying various concepts once participants are back on the job.

Based on our experience, we recommend that companies do the following on an organizational level:

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Results and Path Forward

After completing this course, participants should compile a list of action items based on their learning to apply back on the job. This starts with writing new or upgrading existing ERP procedures. To build competency at the individual level, the participant should identify a coach, apply the updated procedure to select departments, and get assessed on the competency requirements for applying ERP.

It is recommended that participants go through an elearning refresher course once a year and instructor-led refresher training once every three years.

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