When your operations involve any kind of hazardous materials, you know that there is the risk and potential for those materials to be exposed to workers and the surrounding public in the event of a fire, leak or explosion. To account and prepare for these hazards, your risk management planning should include thorough consideration of potential scenarios and decisions that you may have to make.
Software programs are now available to assist in the emergency decision making process. These programs are meant for use as an analysis and decision support tool. The software should be able to make recommendations based on information you can provide the program on the unique situation.
When considering an investment in technology like this, be sure to research your options thoroughly. Get recommendations, find out what other companies have used and in what applications, examine the accuracy rate of their solutions, get a demo of the program to make sure it's easy to use, and be sure that the vendor provides adequate support for bug fixes and new releases.