CLAYTON Utz aims to provide a sense of comfort to those dealing with serious safety and environment accidents with the launch of a new interactive app.
The CU SAFE (Serious Accident, Fatality and Environmental) Incident Response app provides users with a step-by-step guide on what to do in the event of a serious accident or incident by particular type - workplace health and safety, electrical, petroleum, gas, mining, pollution or contamination.
The app highlights the appropriate legal reporting obligations for the area in which the incident occurs and offers tips on how to contain the situation, minimise risk to people, property or the environment, and the relevant authorities to notify.
Clayton Utz workplace relations and safety partner, Shae McCartney says the app was designed to help companies manage priorities when an incident occurs.
"We know from experience that the first 48 hours after a serious safety or environmental incident are the most critical," she says.
"We wanted to make it as easy as possible for people to quickly and decisively respond to a range of scenarios.
"It is really about the immediate access to information and the comfort and security it gives you knowing you can respond to an incident."
Environment and planning partner Kathryn Pacey adds that the app assists in making sure the incident or accident is handled in the best possible way with the best possible outcome.
"We know from experience working with our clients that having a structured process for responding to a critical incident makes a big difference," she says.
"The better managed an incident is at the beginning, the better the outcome at the end."
McCartney says the app is suitable for use by any individual dealing with a workplace or environment incident - including environment and safety professionals, on-site managers, operational staff and company lawyers.
She adds that a key feature of the app is its versatility.
"It works on any device and it has an offline capability so if you are in a remote location, or if because of the incident your system goes down, you will still be able to access the content on it," says McCartney.
CU SAFE was in development for four months and was downloaded more than 200 times during the first two days after being launched.
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