Emergency prepareness and response, including testing this, is a requirement of the ISO 14001 environmental management standard, plus makes good business sence.
This webinar discusses some easy to use techniques on how to do this
QHS Solutions Ltd are hosting a half day Environmental & Waste Management Explained course in Burnley on Friday 26th October.
Delivered by Chartered Environmental Surveyor and Chartered Environmentalist David Inman, of Blackburn based environmental consultants DIEM Ltd, this course will give sensible and practical expert advice on reducing environmental and waste management risks and potential costs, plus demystify some common environmental challenges that businesses face today.
For more details and to book please contact Alison at QHS Solutions on:
I’ve got to say that I’m very disappointed that Virgin Trains lost the West Coast Main Line (WCML) franchise as a regular user.
When they took over the franchise, they inherited out of date rolling stock running on out of date infrastructure.
As someone who worked on West Coast Route Modernisation (WCRM) on PWay, OLE & civils projects, I saw at first hand the engineering challenge of carrying our “open heart surgery” as Network Rail say of such work on Victorian infrastructure.
I worked on WCRM under the days of Railtrack and sadly the Pendolino’s so admirably sought by Virgin Trains to replace the Class 86, 87 and 90 electric traction on WCML never has had the opportunity to run at it’s design speed on 140mph due to problems within Railtrack.
OK, the “Voyager” class 220 and 221 do not come up to the HST sets they replaced, but Virgin revolutionised service levels from one which was pretty poor to being customer focused.
They also changed the way people think about ticketing. Yes, some of the walk on fares are very expensive, but they are for airlines too. For planned journeys off peak, even first class travel is very affordable.
My main worry with the next WCML franchise holder, First, is that the great customer service levels will be cut. I enjoy the first class lounge at London Euston and have spent many a productive hour working from there waiting for trains and then having complimentary food onboard makes business trips to London, if planned in advance, affordable and efficient.
So, on reflection, the red revolution of Virgin changed attitudes of service and punctuality from some awful standards and via a painful experience of providing services through WCRM and the Railtrack blanket speed restrictions post-Hatfield. I hope First West Coast can meet these standards and hope all Virgin staff who have delivered this service retain their jobs with the new franchise holder.
RICS Lancashire Local Association/RICS Rural & Commercial Local Networks & Green Drinks Lancashire joint networking event.
Is your organisation is responsible for storing and transporting materials that could cause pollution if they leak or are spilt, such as
If so have you prepared an environmental incident response plan?
I’ve been working a construction client in this area to reduce their risk and meet the requirements of ISO 14001:2004.
You may want to carry out and emergency response planning exercise which can cover:
identifying sources of pollution
causes of spillages
internal procedures for spill management
responsibilities on site for spill control
equipment for spill control
the subsequent clean up.
Testing the plan can take the form of:
deploying spill equipment to show staff what to do under controlled conditions
do a desk top exercise where a spill scenario on a site is discussed by staff, with in a group or one to one
Items included in your exercise will be site specific but can include typically:
Identify the location and type of site drains from both drawings & on site information
Review your site drainage plan
Review then brief staff to chemicals and substances on site including COSHH requirements
Use of diesel plant and plant nappy/drip dray use
Security risk of keeping fuel on site and how to prevent theft
Review and brief staff on refuelling & chemical use, plus confirm authorisation to do so
After checking contents, brief staff to location and type of spill kit on site
Review and brief staff on arrangements for safe and compliance disposal of used spill kits as hazardous waste
Don’t forget to create a record of what was discussed and who attended.
For work with my client, I’ve videoed one spill response test session in order to make a training video for them. So, there are lots of ways, but please ensure that you know your environmental risks, minimise them and prepare for the unexpected as spills and leaks can
cause environmental damage which can result in prosecution
lead to civil claims
give loss of reputation
affect you winning work