Introducing our Oil Spill Job Aids Click on highlighted text above to view a presentation and learn more. (.pdf)
Established in 2003, Elemental Services & Consulting, Inc. (ESCO) provides oil spill and mercury response services to clients nationally and internationally. Our services include:
Oil Spill Consulting - "Boots on the Ground" perspective
Tactical / Geographic Response Plans
Permanent Anchor Systems
Training and Education
Mercury Consulting, Education and Training
Spill Response Resource Directory
Conference and Meeting Presentations
The Three-legged Stool of Education, Training and Experience
Training is not experience.
Experience is not competence.
Effective response and recovery requires BOTH.
At the intersection of training and experience is a safe, effective and efficient response and recovery project.
Our response methods bring science into spill response and spill response into the 21st century.
Remember, EDUCATION is gaining knowledge about a subject and TRAINING is concerned with gaining a skill.
Here are just a few innovations that ESCO has developed to help bring spill response into the 21st century
Oil Spill Response
Published Oil Spill Resource Guide, 2012 - this Guide simplifies and speeds response actions as well as improves safety and minimizes environmental impact
Published Spill Response Resource Directory, 2011 - present (updated annually)
Developed multiple alternative anchor systems for booming operations
Developed alternative, adjustable anchoring method for various booming techniques
Introduced alternative equipment from other disciplines into spill response, improving the speed, effectiveness and safety of response operations
Adapted booming adjustment method to ensure proper boom alignment, angle and effectiveness
Introduced color coding rope for faster response, line deployment, ferry line, etc.
Mercury Spill Response
Published First Responders Guide to Managing Mercury Spills, 2009
Published Pocket Field Guide Lumex MVA for Mercury Vapor Determinations, 2011
Published various Mercury Alerts, 2003 - Present (published online)
Developed proprietary mercury decontaminant chemical
First to describe the "vacuum/scatter effect" and countermeasures when vacuuming uncontained mercury
Developed and has available for sale, home mercury spill kits; specially designed for thermometer size mercury spill cleanup, include decontamination. Detailed instructions for cleanup and disposal included.
Select Presentations (Oil and Mercury)
Various locations and groups, 2010 - present, "Improving Oil Spill Response"
Chemical Emergency Preparedness Advisory Council (CEPAC) Franklin County (Ohio) LEPC, April 20, 2011, "The Insanity of Spill Planning, Prevention and Response," "Geographic Response Plans - Low Risk, High Return" and "Responsibility and Accountability"
Ohio Safety Congress, Columbus, Ohio, March 31, 2011, "Understanding Mercury Spills and Cleanup Levels"
U.S. EPA Region 5 Annual OSC Training, Angola, Indiana, March 16, 2011, "Oil Spill Booming"
U.S. EPA Region 5 Annual OSC Training, Angola, Indiana, March 17, 2011, "Mercury Cleanup Product Update and Refresher"
Ohio Environmental Health Association (Southwest District), Dayton, Ohio, October 7, 2010, "Oil Spill Response in Private Septic Systems"
Ohio Environmental Health Association (Southwest District), Dayton, Ohio, October 7, 2010, "Decreasing Response Times and Cleanup Costs Through Geographic Response Plans"