Recycling Business Disaster Management Plan

Does your recycling business have a disaster management plan in place?

I recently read an article that got my attention (which says a lot coming from someone who works closely with waste management companies and recyclers). It stated the Australia had over $70 million dollars in fire claims at waste and recycling facilities in 2016 alone. This should shock everyone in the industry – and illustrate the need for having a disaster response plan in place should one of these incidents occur.

All businesses in the Waste & Recycling section should have a committed plan which includes keeping your employees and business safe.

An effective disaster plan includes a number of vital steps including staff training and knowledge of the plan.

As an example, here are some of the items and takeaways we’ve helped clients implement into their plans:

Pre-loss Planning
If your business doesn’t have a plan in place for a major fire or another major disaster that has the potential to end your business, then you likely won’t recover from one.

In the case of a fire, your building will no longer be a place that can house your people, products and equipment. Consider how you would conduct business in a temporary place or how you could contact clients.

Building/Site Stabilisation
With most insurance policies, you have an obligation to minimise the damage or lose. Consider temporary roofing, water damage from the fire brigade, power, lighting, fencing or guards to protect your site – clearly these are items that must be dealt with very quickly.

If everything has been lost, how will you replace/restore your data? In today’s world, electronic restoration and telecommunications is imperative. It’s amazing on what can be gleaned from a hard drive when you think it’s burnt to a crisp. Document restoration, media recovery and pieces of equipment or machinery will likely need to be restored quickly.

There will be a period of time where the building will just sit. Unfortunately, from the excess water used there’s a probability of mold developing. And for older buildings, if part of the wall is broken, asbestos may be exposed. These should also be treated immediately.

If the business will be rebuilding in the same place handling demo, clean-up, engineering, roofing, electrical, plumbing, HVAC and a host of the other trades.

These were just some of the major items that recently came up following a major fire. My client had many lessons learned from the event and thankfully, they were prepared with a plan ahead of time.

If you are in the Waste Management and Recycling industries talk to LAI Insurance Brokers and let’s talk about your disaster management plan today.