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Environmental Compliance Ltd – Services available to YOU

Environmental Compliance Ltd provides a specialist range of consultancy, measurement, monitoring and training services to clients operating in a broad range of industrial sectors in the UK and the Rest of the World.

In the last 12months, we have delivered high quality services in the following area’s :

Air Emission Solutions
• UKAS / MCERTS Stack Emissions Monitoring (UK & Europe)
• UKAS / MCERTS BS EN 14181 QAL2 and AST Surveys (UK & Europe)
• BS EN 14181 Awareness Training
• Independent Review of QAL2 and AST Reports
• Ambient Air Monitoring Surveys (inc. Odour)
• Atmospheric Dispersion Modeling

Planning and Permitting Solutions
• Preparation of Site Environmental Permits in line with EPR 2010
• Independent Permit Reviews
• Planning Consultancy
• Site Identification
• Permit Awareness Training
• Environmental Noise Surveys
• OMA Awareness Training

Environmental Solutions
• Environmental Consultancy
• Environmental Awareness Training
• Environmental Auditor Training
• Development and review of Environmental Management Systems (ISO14001, EMAS)
• Environmental Sustainability Consultancy

Workplace Safety Solutions
• Local Exhaust Ventilation System Testing and Inspection (HSG 258)
• Spray Booth Clearance Time Testing
• COSHH / Exposure Monitoring Services
• COSHH Risk Assessments
• COSHH Awareness Training Courses
• Risk Assessment Training Courses
• Hand Arm and Whole Body Vibration Testing Services
• Workplace Noise Surveys
• Health and Safety Consultancy
• Health and Safety Training
• Retained Health & Safety Support Services
• Risk Assessments and Safe Systems of Work
• Development of Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems (OHSAS 18001)

For further information please contact 01443 841760

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UKAS Accreditation for M22

Following a recent assessment, Environmental Compliance Ltd satisfactorily obtained accreditation to perfom sampling and on-line analysis using an FTIR instrument to the requirements of EA TGN M22.

Accreditation by UKAS means that evaluators i.e. testing and calibration laboratories, certification and inspection bodies have been assessed against internationally recognised standards to demonstrate the companies competence, impartiality and performance capability.

UKAS accreditation means the that we can show our customers that we have been successful at meeting the requirements of international accreditation standards.

A copy of the UKAS confirmation letter is available to view here ukas-222

Further information regarding UKAS Accreditation can be obtained on the UKAS website www.ukas.com

REMONDIS PRESS RELEASE

Environmental Compliance Ltd has successfully secured planning permission for Remondis to develop a Hazardous Waste Management Facility on part of the former BICC site in Prescot.

Remondis is one of the largest waste and recycling companies in the world, with 500 sites worldwide collecting and processing over 25 million tonnes of recyclable material every year.

The company is seeking to relocate to the Prescot site as it has outgrown its existing site at Blackrod, Bolton; where it has been successfully operating for more than 30 years. The new, larger, Prescot facility will be capable of handling up to 69,000 tonnes of recyclable materials and waste each year.

The new waste management facility will have a positive impact on the regeneration of South Prescot as it will ensure the extensive refurbishment of an existing industrial site and the creation of 70 skilled jobs.
The application was considered by the Planning Committee of Knowsley Council on the 9th June 2011.

Environmental Compliance Ltd will shortly be submitting an application for an Environmental Permit for the site, to the Environment Agency.

The Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005

The Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005 came into force on 6th July 2005 and covers two aspects; Hand-Arm Vibration (HAV) and Whole-Body Vibration (WBV) as part of the UK response to European Legislation as outlines in “The Physical Agents Directive (Vibration) 2002”
It is estimated that in excess of 5 million people per year are exposed to Vibration in the workplace, with 2 million of these being exposed to levels that could cause serious health effects. Exposure to dangerous levels of vibration is preventable, but in most cases the damage caused from excessive exposure in permanent.

Hand-arm vibration (HAVs) comes from the use of hand-held power tools and is the cause of significant and permanent ill health (painful and disabling disorders of the blood vessels, nerves and joints).

Whole-body vibration (WBV) is transmitted through the seat or feet of employees who drive mobile machines (for example fork lift trucks, tractors, lorries and off road vehicles), or other work vehicles, over rough and uneven surfaces as a main part of their job. Large shocks and jolts may cause health risks including chronic back-pain.

Vibration is usually calculated via a sensor or sensors, positioned on the tool or its handle (for Hand Arm Vibration) and on a seat / foot panel (for Whole Body Vibration), which calculates the accelerations along the three principal axes (x, y & z), with vibration-exposure limits determined by averaging exposure over an eight-hour period (A8).

The regulations require employers to ensure their staff are not exposed to a daily ‘exposure action value’ above 2.5m/s2 (A8), or an overall exposure limit value of 5 m/s2 (A8) for Hand-Arm Vibration and a daily ‘exposure action value’ above 0.5 m/s2(A8), or an overall exposure limit value of 1.15 m/s2 (A8) for Whole Body Vibration.

Since 2005, companies have been able to allow their employees to use older equipment that may cause vibration above the level prescribed by the Regulations, but older equipment must now be modified or replaced if it does not comply. The regulations allowed a transitional period for work exposure limits up to July 2010 for work equipment already in use prior to July 2007.

Environmental Compliance’s workplace safety consultants can assist companies in meeting the requirements of the Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005 by providing testing and risk assessment services to all industry sectors, whether it be hand-arm or whole body vibration. If you are unsure of your requirements or have an issue to discuss, please call 01443 841760 and one of our consultants will be more than happy to discuss your requirements and undertake a no obligation site visit.

Are you aware of the true costs of risks associated with injury and illness in the workplace?

British businesses are losing their competitive edge because of a failure to tackle the risks of injury and illness in the workplace, the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has suggested.

A survey of over 850 businesses found that many businesses were underestimating the cost of work-related accidents and ill health, which HSE figures show cost UK businesses nearly £8bn a year, with absenteeism, low productivity and legal bills among the financial hits faced by bosses.

The HSE estimates the overall cost of health and safety failings to the British economy is £22bn, including welfare and health bills, but only 7% of those surveyed guessed this figure correctly. A third underestimated the costs 100 fold, putting the figure at just £220m.

Four in ten businesses said that health and safety was a top three priority for them in preparing for the economic upturn. IOSH said that this figure was encouraging but that many businesses are still “missing a trick”.
IOSH President, Steve Granger, said:
“When you operate in a global marketplace, and you’re trying to claw your way out of recession, a happy, healthy workforce is a driver for growth”.
“As well as the primary aim of saving people’s lives and livelihoods, good occupational health and safety can also deliver vital cost savings and help your business to grow.”

Environmental Compliance’s workplace safety consultants can assist companies in all industry sectors to help cut costs while maintaining compliance with legislation by providing just some of the following services:
Local Exhaust Ventilation System Testing and Inspection
COSHH / Exposure Monitoring Services
COSHH Risk Assessments
Hand Arm and Whole Body Vibration Testing Services
Workplace Noise Surveys
Health & Safety Consultancy
Health & Safety Training
DSE Assessments
Retained Health & Safety Support Services
Preparation of Bespoke Risk Assessments and Safe Systems of Work
Development of Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems (OHSAS 18001)
Management System Integration (ISO9001, ISO14001 and OHSAS 18001)

The importance of ensuring compliance with the requirements of HSE 258(08) LEV Testing and Inspection:

Recently a Bristol based joinery and staircase specialist has been fined £3750.00, plus ordered to pay costs of £836.50 after it was found that insufficient action was taken to improve a ventilation unit used to control exposure to wood dust after a visit by the HSE and failure to comply with a previously issued Improvement Notice.

After being taken to court by the HSE the company pleaded guilty to contravening the requirements of an Improvement Notice served under Section 21 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, which is an offence under Section 33(1)(g) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.

The thorough testing and inspection of Local Exhaust Ventilation Systems or “LEV” is a mandatory requirement under Regulation 9 of the COSHH Regulations, Approved Code of Practice, with all testing and examinations carried out having to comply with the requirements of Health and Safety Executive Guidance Note HSG 258 (Second Edition 2011). A thorough test and inspection of LEV systems is required at least every 14 months, along with ongoing maintenance requirements throughout that period.
On completion of the court hearing the HSE stated that “Any company that does not take these steps will face enforcement action by HSE. Companies need to be aware that Improvement Notices are a last chance to get their house in order and we will normally prosecute if they have not been complied with by the set date.”

Environmental Compliance’s team of qualified occupational hygienists can undertake such tests and examinations in full compliance with HSG 258 (Second Edition 2011). This would typically include:
• measurement of face and capture velocities;
• measurement of duct pressure and velocities;
• measurement of differential pressure;
• calculation of volumetric flow rates;
• examination of system condition;
• identify and highlight any capture hoods that fail the requirements;
• review of suitability of the LEV System in line with the activities undertaken to ensure full
compliance with the COSHH Regulations;
• provision of a detailed report outlining compliance with the requirements as stated in HSG 258
(Second Edition 2011), plus suggestions for remedial actions to improve systems as applicable. All
our reports also
outline the maintenance requirements for each system to ensure ongoing compliance and good
practice.

Environmental Compliance’s workplace safety consultants, as qualified occupational hygienists (as recognised by the British Occupational Hygiene Society) provide added value and independent knowledge and expertise to each examination and test undertaken.

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