2366 – Amber Creamery – ERP

Jones Regional Medical Center
1795 Hwy 64
Anamosa, IA 52205

Fire Department:
Anamosa Fire Dept
701 E 3rd St
Anamosa, IA 52205

Police Department:
Jones County Sheriff
500 W Main St
Anamosa, IA 52205

Poison Control: (800)222-1222
Lindecker Environmental Solutions


The Amber Creamery Emergency Response Plan (ERP) outlines the general procedures to be followed by Brandenburg Drainage, Inc. (BDI) personnel and visitors in the event of workplace emergencies and/or when an evacuation is necessary. Site specific plan and procedure will be developed and reviewed in conjunction with this plan and appendices.


The intent of this plan is to detail the following:

  • Offer a structured response to most emergency situations that can occur on the project;
  • Provide direction when an evacuation of a facility or workplace as deemed necessary; and
  • Comply with OSHA 29 CFR 1910.38(a), where applicable.

This plan shall be retained at all project offices and appropriate elements of this plan distributed to personnel for retention for daily activities e.g. emergency contact list, etc.

Training and Responsibility

Current and oncoming personnel (both company and contractor) will be informed of the Cardinal-Hickory Creek ERP as part of the plan review, orientation and onboarding process. All personnel should:

  • Become familiar with the plan, emergency maps and information, and perform a “walk through” of their assigned primary and secondary evacuation routes and assembly points (as necessary);
  • Participate in the evacuation drills as required by the project; and
  • Know how to report an emergency

Additional training will be completed as required and at a minimum:

  • Annually (during annual orientation or as soon as reasonably practical thereafter)
  • As needed (following significant revisions to the plan content)

It is the responsibility of all personnel on the project to retain the appropriate emergency and medical facility maps; contact information; and relevant section(s) of this plan or similar.

Reporting Emergencies

The following section contains information and procedures for emergency situations. The intent of these procedures is to offer a structured response to most situations that can occur on the project. The following examples are typically required an emergency response within a project:

  • Fatality or critical injury on a worksite, or in relation to a worksite;
  • Spill on or off site;
  • Explosion, large fire or arc flash;
  • Event that could result in the serious adverse effects on the people, or result in the evacuation of the public;
  • Act of civil disobedience;
  • Specific terrorist threat to the project;
  • Project interruption due to blockage, rioting or lockout; and
  • Natural disaster e.g. floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, and wildfires.


Communication is an essential element with the emergency management and reporting process the actions identified within this section are general in nature and considered best practice. The project has identified two (2) requirements applicable to all emergencies:

  • If necessary, notify the applicable emergency services (i.e. EMS, utility, chemical, etc.); and/or
  • Immediate notification to your supervisor (e.g. Chief, Foremen, Superintendent, etc.) and project safety with accountability for the area;

The aforementioned items are basic requirements, with all personnel to utilize “best judgment” based on the contents of the ERP and emergency situation.

Medical Emergencies

If there is a medical emergency in your area:

  • Do not panic, remain calm;
  • Quickly assess the situation;
  • If the injured person is conscious ask them for information on where they hurt, also observe any visible signs of physical injury;
  • If trained, initiate First Aid or CPR as required;
  • If there is a co-worker present, have them contact 911 and request medical services to your location;
  • When talking with the 911 Operator, stay calm and speak clearly;
  • Provide all that requested information to the Operator and do not hang up until the Operator has gathered all the information they need and the Operator tell you to hang up;
  • If there is no First Aid trained personnel available, provide comfort and support; and arrange for a designated person to escort medical services to where the individual requiring assistance is located.

Tools to utilize in the event of an emergency

  • Cell phone (ensure service in work area);
  • Company radio (typically found within a contractor vehicle);

Fire Emergencies

If there is a fire emergency in your area:

  • If you smell smoke, call your supervisor and investigate with caution;
  • If you see smoke, fire or other evidence of an emergency, alert other employees working in the area;
  • Fight the fire only if the following:
    • Fire department is notified;
    • Fire is small and is not spreading to other areas;
    • Escaping the area is still possible should the fire not be contained;
    • The fire extinguisher(s) are in working conditions and personnel are trained to use it;
  • If safe to do so from your current location dial 911 and/or your supervisor. Otherwise, evacuate to the designated assembly point before making the notifications.

Tools to utilize in the event of an emergency

  • Cell phone (ensure service in work area);
  • Company radio (typically found within a contractor vehicle);
  • Fire suppression equipment (i.e. fire extinguishers, water trucks, etc.)

Sever Weather and Natural Disaster

This section outlines the precautionary measures and general actions to be taken in the event of severe weather and/or natural disaster events.

Alert Systems

  Heat    Standard heat index chart
  Tornado, Severe Thunderstorms, and Flash Floods  Watch: Initial issuance by BDI designee and updated hourly until “all clear” is given.   Warning: Initial issuance by BDI designee with location threats in relation to the project, and updated every 30 minutes until “all clear” is given
  Lightning    Lightning expected to occur over the project area containing work operations, within 60 minutes and/ or within 30 miles.
  Wind  Sustained winds ≥ 25 mph or gusts ≥ 35 mph expected within the work day.
  Wind Chill / Apparent Temperature    Wind chill / apparent temperature exceeds -10˚F, and updated hourly.
  Winter Weather Updates    Onset of freezing rain/drizzle, heavy sleet, or heavy snow (visibility ~ ½ mile), and updates as needed.

The alerts will be disseminated from the BDI designee to the appropriate supervisory personnel within BDI to ensure timely communication to affected personnel.


  • Be prepared. Before working, the field supervisor e.g. foreman, straw, inspector, etc. should obtain weather information and communicate it to workers.
  • Seek shelter when lightning is seen or thunder is heard. Notify the appropriate supervisor that work has stopped.
  • Workers to seek shelter if working in exposed locations.
  • Avoid:
    • Water
    • High ground
    • Open spaces
    • Metal objects
    • Machinery
    • Solitary trees
  • Wait 30 minutes until the last clap of thunder or sight of lightning before resuming work. Notify the appropriate supervisor that work activities have resumed.


Some tornadoes strike rapidly, without time for a tornado warning, and sometimes without a thunderstorm in the vicinity. When you are watching for rapidly emerging tornadoes, it is important to know that you cannot depend on seeing a funnel (clouds or rain may block your view). The following weather signs may mean that a tornado is approaching:

  • A dark or green-colored sky;
  • A large, dark, low-lying cloud;
  • Large hail;
  • A loud roar that sounds like a freight train;

The sirens within proximity to the project are triggered by the local government in the event of a tornado. In the event that sirens are triggered. Consider the following for shelter:

  • Small interior rooms on the lowest floor without windows;
  • Low-lying or flat areas;
  • Hallways on the lowest floor away from doors and windows
  • Rooms constructed with reinforced concrete, brick, or block with no windows.

Consider the following to protect yourself from harm:

  • Stay away from outside walls and windows;
  • Use arms to protect head and neck;
  • Remain sheltered until the tornado threat is over;
  • Ensure accountability for personnel/crew members.

If the work area(s) has suffered damage, the appropriate supervisory personnel and the safety professionals, will determine if work may resume.


  • Stay calm and await instructions from the emergency contact or the designated official;
  • Evacuate as instructed by the emergency contact or designated official.


If indoors:

  • Be ready to evacuate as directed by the emergency contact or designated official.
  • Follow the recommended primary or secondary evacuation routes as identified on the safe work plan or site layout plan.

If outdoors:

  • Climb to high ground and remain there until advised otherwise.
  • Avoid walking or driving through the flood water.
  • If vehicle stalls, abandon it immediately and climb to higher grounds.


If indoors:

  • Stay calm and await instructions from emergency contact or supervisor;
  • Stay indoors if possible;
  • If there is no heat:
    • Close off unneeded rooms or areas
    • Stuff towels or rags in cracks under doors
    • Cover windows at night
  • Eat and drink. Food provides the body with energy and heat. Fluids prevent dehydration.
  • Wear layers of loose-fitting clothing, light weight and warm clothing.

If outdoors:

  • Find a dry shelter and cover all exposed parts of the body
  • If shelter is not available:
    • Prepare a lean-to, wind break, or snow cave for protection from the wind.
    • Build a fire for heat and to attract attention.
    • Do not eat snow. It will lower your body temperature – melt it first.

If stranded in a vehicle:

  • Stay in the vehicle.
  • Run the motor intermittently throughout the hour. Open the window slightly for fresh air to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Make yourself visible to rescuers:
  • Turn on the dome light at night when running the engine
    • Tie a colored cloth to your antenna or door
    • Raise the hood once the slow stops falling
  • Exercise to keep blood circulating and keep warm.

Tools to utilize in the event of an weather emergency

  • Weather radio or monitor (all personnel should have access and utilize a weather radio or monitor with limitations on weather monitoring with standard cell phones due to lack of coverage potential)
  • Cell phone (ensure service in work area)
  • Company radio (typically found within a contractor vehicle)

Chemical Spill

The following are the locations of:

  • Spill Containment and Security Equipment
    • Warehouse and all BDI equipment and vehicles are equipped with spill kits for minor/moderate spills.
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
    • Office Trailer
  • Safety Data Sheets (SDS)
    • Warehouse and Office Trailer
  • Disposal
    • Lindecker Environmental Solutions

7161 Mitchell Mill Rd

LaMotte, IA 52054


Large Chemical Spill

When a large chemical Spill has occurred:

  • Immediately notify the designated BDI Supervisor and Safety Personnel, who will notify the appropriate ITC Project Personnel.
  • Contain the spill with available equipment (i.e. pads, absorbent powder, etc.)
  • Secure the area and alert other site personnel
  • Do not attempt to clean the spill unless trained to do so
  • Attend to any injured personnel and call the medical emergency number, if required
  • Evacuate the building/area as necessary

Small Chemical Spill

When a small chemical spill has occurred:

  • Notify the Safety Personnel and Supervisor, the Supervisor will notify the appropriate ITC Project Personnel.
  • If toxic fumes are present, secure the area (with caution tape or cones) to prevent other personnel from entering the area
  • Deal with the spill in accordance with the instructions described in the SDS
  • Small spills must be handled in a safe manner, while wearing the proper PPE

Review general spill cleanup procedures

Spill Response Reporting

When any kind of spill has occurred:

  • Notify the Safety Personnel and Supervisor, the Supervisor will notify the appropriate ITC Project Personnel.
  • Safety Personnel will then contact our insurance carrier to inform them that BDI has had “a spill”

Evacuation Procedures

An evacuation of personnel from the project is considered a last means of response and will be determined by the onsite supervisor (with the appropriate training) and the medical professionals from the onsite medical facility. The onsite medical facility (where available) is the initial option for medical treatment of project personnel and only after the consultation of the onsite medical staff should personnel be transported from the project.

Evacuation Procedures

All personnel will have available maps (or similar) that indicate the following:

  • Evacuation routes for personnel in the office/yard and ROW
  • Muster points
  • Nearest medical facility in the event of serious injury
  • Project maps that indicate the nearest road crossing and/or major intersection

The maps will be available within the BDI job trailer on the project and provided as part of the orientation process or as soon as reasonably practical thereafter.


All vehicles on the project (excluding dedicated office vehicles) will be equipped with suitable emergency supplies. Emergency supplies include, but not limited to the following:

  • First aid kit(s) with the contents complying with regulatory and/or company requirements
  • Fire extinguisher meeting the requirements of the company
  • Reliable phone and/or two way radio or other communication device
  • Copies of the emergency procedures and list of emergency contacts

In the event that personnel will need to be transported either from the ROW or office locations:

  • In the event of an injury where an individual needs to be transported from the ROW or office, that form of transportation will be determined by trained onsite supervision.
  • In most situations in which a personnel transport is necessary, it is expected that the personnel be transported either by a personally owned vehicle or company vehicle, dependent upon trade and/or nature of the injury or illness.
  • Everyone has the ability and responsibility to call EMS is so warranted, and need to understand and pre-determine how to get those personnel to the location, whether at the office or on the ROW. This is accomplished by the daily review of the evacuation routes for personnel, muster points, nearest intersections, GPS locations, etc.

For injuries requiring EMS onsite, it should be completed within fifteen (15) minutes of initial notification – information and pre-planning are essential.


In the event that an emergency does occur, it is each supervisor’s responsibility to ensure that all personnel are accounted for. This includes:

  • Office personnel – accountability by office manager or designee
  • Yard personnel – accountability by the yard supervisor or foremen
  • Inspection personnel – accountability by the chief inspector or designee
  • Crew – accountability by the foreman or straw (to include the inspection personnel or visitors onsite or listed within the hazard assessment or safe work permit).

Accountability by the designated personnel will utilize sign-in sheets, tool box talk sheets, Job Safety Analysis (JSA) sign-in sheets, etc. Missing or unassigned personnel will be reported to the appropriate supervisor.

Plan Maintenance

Unless otherwise specified below, the safety manager or designee, is responsible for the following:

  • Completing, posting and upgrading the plan as necessary;
  • Conducting or arranging for training and/or review of the plan as applicable, with affected employees as necessary; and
  • Conducting periodic review of the plan and updating as necessary.