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Environmental Compliance Update: Monitoring Fugitive Emissions from Shredding Waste Upholstered Domestic Seating

 

Environmental Compliance Update: Monitoring Fugitive Emissions from Shredding Waste Upholstered Domestic Seating

🔍 Background: The Environment Agency has issued RPS 297, providing guidance for waste treatment sites handling shredded waste upholstered domestic seating (WUDS) containing persistent organic pollutants (POPs). Whilst this position statement only applies to England, if you are handling POPs/WUDS in Scotland and the rest of the UK it would be prudent to take this into account.

📋 Key Conditions to Meet:

  • Appropriate Disposal: Ensure shredded waste is sent to an authorized Industrial Emissions Directive Chapter 4 compliant permitted incinerator.
  • Health and Safety Monitoring: Maintain workplace exposure monitoring data showing fugitive particulate levels below 5 mg/m³.
  • Fugitive Monitoring Plan: Collaborate with the Environment Agency to establish a monitoring plan by August 31, 2024.
  • Results Reporting: Submit monitoring results to popsinsofas@environment-agency.gov.uk by December 20, 2024.
  • Abatement Equipment: Install abatement equipment by December 1, 2025, if necessary based on monitoring results.

🔗 Read the full RPS here: Monitoring Fugitive Emissions from Shredding Waste Upholstered Domestic Seating (RPS 297)

ℹ️ Please note: While this update provides valuable guidance for waste treatment sites, it is important to recognize the current challenges in monitoring for Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) and the lack of an agreed sampling methodology in the UK. Additionally, RPS 297 only applies to England and for those operating in other parts of the UK there is currently no similar Position Statement.

🌍 Albion services: If you work with waste upholstered domestic seating Albion can offer the following services:

  • Compliance Assessment: Determine the extent of compliance with regulations regarding the handling, shredding, and disposal of waste upholstered furniture.
  • Risk Assessment: Identify potential environmental and human health risks associated with shredding waste.
  • Consulting: Provide guidance on best practices for managing waste including segregation, handling, storage, and transportation.
  • Training: Develop bespoke training programs for your staff on safe handling practices, environmental regulations compliance, and risk mitigation strategies.
  • Monitoring: Help develop monitoring protocols to track compliance with regulatory requirements.

Contact Us: Have questions or need assistance?
📞01292 610428

 

COP26 Series

Integrating sustainability into your business strategy

Doing our part

Albion Environmental operates to a combined Environmental, Quality and Occupational Health & Safety Management System to the standard of  ISO 14001:2015, ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 45001:2018 respectively.

Albion Environmental successfully renewed their accreditation with BSI to each of these standards after a successful audit in the summer of 2021, and continue to maintain these standards throughout all business operations.

Operating in accordance with ISO standards allows Albion to ensure we are putting our workers, customers and the environment first.

The pressure is on for businesses to look at their strategy and objectives to ensure they are considering the impact they may be having on the environment.

So what have we been doing?

Albion Environmental Ltd has environmental protection at the core of our business strategy (the clue’s in the name), and have been operating an Environmental Management System to ISO:14001 since 2009, initially accredited through NQA and more recently BSi, who audit and ensure our compliance to these standards annually.

This means we have been setting environmental targets for 13 years and continue to transition to more sustainable, innovative and efficient methods of working.

Implementing an Environmental Management System such to ISO:14001 has been greatly beneficial to Albion and the wider environment as it helps to minimise the company’s environmental footprint, diminish the risk of pollution incidents and ensure complete compliance with environmental legislation. Complying with these standards not only provides operational improvements but ensures we are becoming a more sustainable business.

Our company vision is to “be an industry leading consultancy, utilising knowledge and innovation to develop sustainable solutions”.

We continue to develop our environmental objectives and take part in nationwide initiatives to fight against climate change.

Albion have signed the SME Climate Hub Commitment, setting ambitious environment targets for our business to reach over the next few years.

We are one of thousands of SME’s who have pledged to,

  1. Halve our greenhouse gas emissions before 2030
  2. Achieve net zero emissions before 2050
  3. Disclose our progress on a yearly basis

By committing to set targets, businesses can begin making progress towards change and we can all start seeing the benefits sooner rather than later.

In addition, Albion have included more specific environmental targets in our new business strategy, which we started making progress towards throughout 2020/2021. We have promised to;

  • Switch all company vehicles to hybrid or electric by 2025
  • Install solar panels to power the Albion office
  • Cut our total emissions produced by business activities in half by 2030

Albion Environmental continue to build our business to work and offer services which encourage sustainability throughout all industries. We have set ambitious targets for ourself and are encouraged to see businesses across Scotland and the UK doing the same.

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IAM Roadsmart Training

Green passes all round for the Albion team! 

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Albion Environmental has recently completed driving for work training with IAM Roadsmart Training. Under our business management system (accredited to BSI) we had identified that one of our main risks was staff travelling to and from work. Our team visit sites up and down the country, which means driving is a very important part of their day and we want to ensure the team are driving as safely and in the most fuel-efficient way they can. We are happy to report that all of our team have passed the IAM Roadsmart Driving for Work assessment, all with a Green pass!

The training has improved and raised awareness in:

  • Driving Safely
  • Eliminating the risk of incidents
  • How to improve fuel efficiency (helping towards our environmental targets as per our Environmental Management System ISO 14001:2015)
  • Driving methods that result in the minimisation of maintenance, repairs and injuries resulting in a more reliable vehicle
  • Reducing the H&S risk for Albion staff in accordance with our Occupational Health & Safety Management System OHSAS 18001:2007

The course is an excellent way to for drivers to assess their own driving habits and refresh their memory on the dangers of the roads, with guidance from one of the IAM Roadsmart assessors.

 

We want to extend our thanks to the IAM Roadsmart team who delivered the training to a number of our staff members between May and June.

 

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Asbestos Awareness Training Course

At Albion Environmental we like to make sure our clients and fellow workers in the industry are kept up to date with training and ensure regulations are always being adhered to. Therefore, we are excited to announce new dates for our Asbestos Awareness Training courses!

To make life as simple as possible, we have developed a short course to give workers whose role involves operating on contaminated land and/or waste management sites an introduction to the dangers of Asbestos.

Our course provides information in line with legal requirements set out in Regulation 10 of the Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations (CAW) 2012, that requires all workers who may be exposed to Asbestos during their work (and those who supervise them) to receive suitable training.

Considering the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions, we are offering this as a virtual course which will be conducted via Zoom.

The information delivered at the training will meet the recommendations set out on Section 235 of L143 the HSE’s Approved Code of Practice (ACoP) and Guidance for “Managing & Working with Asbestos”.

The training will consist of one half day session conducted online at the following time:

Tuesday 29th June 9am – 1pm

You can book now by clicking here.

The cost is £125 per person.

Upon completion of this course delegates can boast the following

  • Understanding of the dangers arising from exposure to Asbestos
  • Awareness of the 3 main types of Asbestos & the main diseases related to Asbestos exposure
  • Understanding of the general emergency procedures should Asbestos be discovered or disturbed

To book please click here.

Note, attendees will be emailed Zoom meeting details upon registering for the course.

Successful Migration to ISO 45001:2018 Occupational Health and Safety Management System for Albion!

Following our recent BSI Audit, we are pleased to announce that Albion Environmental Ltd have successfully migrated to the new Occupational Health & Safety Standard ISO 45001:2018. This new standard replaces our previous OHSAS 18001:2007 accreditation, and the new ISO 45001 standard has been designed to prevent work-related injury and ill-health, and to provide enhanced safe and healthy workplaces. We now have joint processes and accreditations in place for ISO 9001:2015 – Quality Management System, ISO 14001:2015 – Environmental Management Systems and Occupational Health & Safety Standard ISO 45001:2018.

We will greatly benefit from implementing this integrated system, resulting in a significant improvement in the efficiency and safe working practices in all areas of our operation and the services we provide to our customers. If you are currently working to BS OHSAS 18001:2007 and would be interested in understanding the benefits of the new standard, what is required to achieve it, or what Local Authority funding may also be available to assist in implementing these systems, contact Alasdair Meldrum on 01292 610428 or email us directly.