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Property Risks
Fire
Security
Natural disaster
Third Party
Motor fleet
Environment

Fire - Prevention, Protection

Fire risk includes fire and explosion risks. Fire risk arises from the storage or use of flammable material (fuel, solvents, timber, packaging etc) and fires in offices, warehouses, factories etc. Explosion risks arise from the storage and use of gases, volatile liquids, explosive materials and dust hazards.

Willis helps clients identify and assess fire and explosion hazards. We help our clients prevent fires or explosions and to reduce their impact. We can conduct inspections of premises, review fire precautions and emergency plans, and develop engineering solutions.

Security - Premises, Vehicles, Information, People

Security risk exists wherever there are valuable items that can be easily moved. Examples include: cash, high value stock (cigarettes, alcohol, electronics etc), computers and movable equipment (vehicles, tools, cranes, earth moving equipment). In today's electronic trading environment security of data and access to transactional systems is also a threat. Any theft can arise from staff or third parties.

The security of staff and customers is also an issue. Certain staff may be subject to robbery or attack. Kidnap is a risk that some staff and their families may be exposed to, particularly for those who travel to certain parts of the world. Some organisations may also be subject to threats of extortion such as: threatened contamination of food stocks or sabotage threats.

Willis can advise on physical protection, operational measures to reduce risk exposure and IT system design. Our staff can review existing arrangements, advise on measures to reduce risk and help design new facilities or systems to minimise risk exposure. We can provide training for individuals or groups to improve management of security risks.

Natural Disaster - Weather, Earthquake

Natural disasters include floods, storms, forest fires, land-slips and earthquakes.
Willis can help clients understand the severity of these risks in the locations they operate in. We can also advise on measures to reduce the impact of such disasters. Measures include physical design of facilities and disaster management/recovery plans.

Third Party - Explosion, Fire, Toxic hazard, Pollution

The risk considered here is the risk from neighbours - "inward risk". Risks include: potentially dangerous neighbouring activities (e.g. use or storage of hazardous materials, or unusually high fire risk); pollution of shared water resources (ground water, rivers, reservoirs); loss of access to premises, etc.

Willis can help our clients understand these risks and implement precautions. We can review neighbouring activities to identify potential risks. We can then help our clients design protection measures and develop disaster management and recovery plans.

Motor Fleet - Accident, Theft, Availability

Motor fleet risks include losses from accidents, theft of vehicles or their contents, and the availability of vehicles (scheduling, breakdowns, strikes etc).

Willis can review the management of a fleet including, vehicle maintenance, driver selection and training, route planning and driver/cargo security. We can help our clients improve: security arrangements (storage areas, overnight parking), driver training and monitoring programmes, allocation of vehicles and routes to qualified drivers, maintenance of vehicles, licensing of vehicles and drivers.

Environment - Air, Water, Noise, Liquid Effluent, Solid Waste, Non-Hazardous, Hazardous, Visual Intrusion, Resource Management, Environmental Reporting

Environmental risks can be legislative, financial and reputational. They arise from the consumption of resources and discharge of unwanted residues into the air, soil or acquatic environments. Noise and vibration pollution arises from the use of noisy or vibrating equipment or noisy activities (sports stadia for example). Unwanted visual intrusion arises from lights, burning operations and the visual impact of buildings or engineering works.

Common sources of environmental risk include:

  • industrial process emissions
  • fired equipment emissions (boilers, furnaces, heaters)
  • transport of raw materials and finished goods
  • water contamination from spillages and accidental discharges
  • contaminated water effluent (cooling, cleaning, process water)
  • mechanical equipment noise, vehicle noise
  • waste streams and products (by-products, off-spec material, used oil products)
  • human waste
  • biological contamination or waste
  • radio-active waste.

Willis can help clients understand existing environmental issues, or the risk of pollution, at particular premises. These reviews are often undertaken as part of a due diligence process during the sale or purchase of premises. Studies usually start with a site inspection and desk-top research (Phase 1 due diligence) and can range up to a comprehensive sampling and analysis of a site (Phase 2 due diligence). Either independent of, or as a follow-up to, a due diligence study we can advise on clean-up of contaminated sites. We advise clients on how best to comply with environmental legislation and meet stakeholder expectations. We help clients select appropriate technologies to minimise environmental risks. We also help develop environmental strategies and prepare environmental reports.

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