In our last blogpost, we explained that theory and practice often differ strongly. As oil spills are as impactful as they are costly, it is wise to bridge this gap before it’s too late. How to go about it? If you want the theory of your contingency plan to match the reality of an oil spill, proper training is indispensable. Let us tell you why.

Where can it go wrong?

First of all, you cannot control weather conditions – even though these can greatly affect the execution of your contingency plan. What if the day of the oil spill is a stormy one? You probably haven’t taken such circumstances into account.

Therefore, it’s important to thoroughly think about the way a contingency plan will be implemented. What kind of materials will you be using, and how do they work? Like we said, you need to connect theory to practice – that is, if you want to be successful in your endeavors.

The importance of training

Some find it difficult to invest in the prevention of oil spills. After all, they don’t occur that often, do they? True, but if you are faced with an oil spill, it’s crucial to act in the right manner – or it might incur more costs than you can imagine right now. The first step towards achieving this is practice; everyone involved should be aware of their exact tasks in the event of an oil spill. Next, they need to stay up to date. Your employees need topical training. They have to stay informed. And if new employees are included in the contingency plan, they need to receive proper training as well.

What to expect

What does a training look like, and what is its added value? Generally speaking, you can expect an explanation of the following:

Proper use of materials;
– Obstacles and ways to resolve any resulting issues;
– How to work in a safe way;
– Each individual’s role within the plan.

After the theoretical part, everyone will be given the opportunity to bring theory into practice, so they can see for themselves what works and what doesn’t. If an oil spill occurs, people can only work with the materials provided if they’ve tried it before. Like they say: practice makes perfect!