Category Archives: Facilities Management

Albion Electricity – 100% Renewable Energy

Albion Environmental doing their bit for the environment, with help from Opus Energy!

At Albion Environmental we are always looking at ways to reduce our energy usage and the subsequent environmental impact so we are very pleased with the recent update from our current electricity supplier, OPUS Energy.

OPUS send us an annual update on where our electricity comes from and have confirmed they were able to provide us with 100% renewable energy over the past year, and have the evidence to prove it, so they have ensured that we are doing our part to help the environment.

By using 100% renewable energy between April 2017 and March 2018, OPUS customers have been prevented 1,019,426 tonnes of CO2 from going into the atmosphere. This is the equivalent of planting 509 million trees.

Thank you OPUS

Albion’s ABC’s of Waste Management – D

Duty of Care

As a business, you have a legal responsibility to ensure that you produce, store, transport and dispose of your business waste without harming the environment. This is called your Duty of Care.

Your Duty of Care has no time limit and you are specifically responsible for your waste from when you produce it until you have transferred it to an authorised person. It also extends across the entire management chain of your waste. You must:

  • Segregate, store and transport your waste appropriately and securely, making sure that you do not cause any pollution or harm to human health.
  • Check that your waste is transported and handled by people or businesses that are authorised to do so.
  • Complete waste transfer notes, including a full, accurate description of the waste, to document all waste you transfer, and keep them as a record for at least two years.

How can Albion Environmental help your business?

  • Classify your waste in accordance with WM3 guidance to enable an accurate description and European Waste Catalogue code to be applied.
  • Sample waste soils, aggregates and fines to enable them to be classified, stored and handled appropriately.
  • Undertake waste audits and process reviews to ensure your waste is being managed in accordance with your Duty of Care obligations.
  • Aid in the development of a waste and resource management plan for your business or site to help minimise waste volumes and maximise the reuse and recycling of resources. 

For further information about the Duty of Care Regulations and how Albion can help please do not hesitate to contact andrew@albion-environmental.co.uk.

Albion Environmental Ltd successful again in SQA Facilities Management Visit

Earlier this month Albion Environmental hosted an External Verification visit from SQA for our Facilities Management group of qualifications. The visit was once again successful resulting in a highly commendatory report being received from SQA. Some of the highlights of the report included:

“Candidates felt this a significant opportunity to broaden the contact and assessors felt this enabled a more formative knowledge of their candidates.

 Assessments are well designed and ‘fit for purpose’ within the award complying to SQA requirements and the assessment strategy. Standardisation events ensure consistency in application. Formats used are reliable in application and have been developed over time being effective throughout the currency of the programme ensuring consistent, fair assessment mechanisms.

 Qualification systems well formulated and working very effectively in practice. Electronic system well presented and very functional”

 The Facilities Management awards are versatile group of vocational qualifications with units fitting around a whole host of roles, including:

  • Security
  • Hospitality
  • School Janitors
  • Cleaners
  • Healthcare

The qualifications remain very popular with Albion delivering training to a new group of Modern Apprentices in school janitorial roles for one Local Authority, while apprentices maintaining another Local Authority’s Council Headquarters. The awards Albion currently deliver are:

  • SVQ 2 Facilities Services at SCQF Level 5 (GA79 22)
  • SVQ 3 in Facilities Management at SCQF Level 7 (GA7A 23)

This highlights the suitability of awards for candidates at all levels in a range of roles. One candidate working at a major hotel chain demonstrates progression routes available, as they now work through their Level 3 award following the successful completion of their Level 2.

 

If you would like to know how a recognised Facilities Management qualification could help you and your business please get in touch.

Albion Environmental Ltd complete successful Facilities Management EV visit from SQA

Following our recent Facilities Management Qualification Verification visit we are delighted to have received a glowing report from SQA.

Awards well organised, assessed and documented by assessors and confirmed by
internal verifiers. Acceptance of electronic evidence both internet and managed formats
(memory stick for example) enables a smooth portfolio preparation and transition
through the programme for the candidates.

Staff are well qualified andexperienced to deliver and assess the awards making appropriate decisions in accordance with SQA requirements”

Facilities Management covers a variety of activities relating to the maintenance and servicing of buildings and premises, and incorporates activities such as waste management, recycling, cleansing, security and Health & Safety. These services are required throughout local authorities, large private companies and contractors to ensure the sustainable maintenance of their operating facilities.

So if you are working in Facilities Management and would like to gain a recognised qualification please contact us for more information.