Are your team members ready to deal with a spill?

Most companies a have a spill response procedure in place but how many of your staff know what it is and how to react to an incident?

To find out why not ask your team members the following questions:-

  • Do we have a robust asset integrity system in place?
  • Is your equipment maintained to industry best practice standards?
  • Does our site have accurate gauging equipment?
  • Do you reconcile our stock regularly?
  • What other checks do you have in place?
  • Is there a competent procedure to receive delivery?
  • How do you verify delivery volumes?
  • Are the ‘delivery team’ on the approved supplier list?

Are there any of your team that are unsure of answers to these questions? To prevent spills it is vital that your team understand the risks on site and how to manage these to minimise the chances of an incident

As part of our spill training we will carry out an environmental impact assessment for spillages from varying sources and how to respond in the event of an incident.

The costs of dealing with a spill can be devastating to a business and many incidents can be preventable  with better staff training….

Join us at WWEM November 5th and 6th

WWEM is focused on measurement, testing and analysis for the water and waste water and environmental industry. From test kits to process measurement, laboratory analysis right through to fixed and portable gas detection, if your work involves Monitoring,testing or working with water you need to be at WWEM. November 2014 will be the sixth time this dedicated biennial event will be held. WWEM has evolved into a very successful event since its inception back in June 2005. The event has firmly established itself as the number one event for Water/Wastewater and Environmental Monitoring professionals to attend. Please view our visitor and exhibitor testimonials to find out how valuable past attendees and exhibitors have found WWEM events

Join us at WWEM exhibition in Telford and find out how you can reduce your risks of a pollution incident, ensure environmental compliance and save money.

During the exhibition between November 5th and 6th we are providing sessions that will help you to understand your environmental responsibilities so that you can prevent an accident, and reduce risks on site. Book your free space today

Join us at the Water, Sewerage & Waste Exhibition Gatwick on October 23rd

We are exhibiting at the Water,Sewerage & Waste Exhibition held in Effingham on Thursday 23rd October 2014: from 10:30am till 3:30pm. We will be providing advice and tips on how to manage your pollution risk.

To register click here

Visiting the show is essential if you want the chance to explore the latest technology, ideas and opportunities now available in the industry, and it’s all under one roof.

The show is easy to get to. , The full address is Effingham, The Copthorne Hotel, West Park Road,, Copthorne, West Sussex, Gatwick, RH10 3EU

Don’t miss this event or you’ll have to wait a year for the next one on your area!

 

We look forward to seeing you at Gatwick.

 

What are the water pollution risks with fracking?

According to the International Journal of Human and Ecological Risk Assessment: Wastewater from fracking contains potentially toxic chemicals used in fracking fluid, as well as natural contaminants from deep underground, including total dissolved solids (e.g., salts, barium, strontium), organic pollutants (e.g., benzene, toluene) and normally occurring radioactive material (NORM) such as Radium 226.

An estimated 30% to 70% of the fluid used in fracking will resurface, requiring treatment. Fracking also releases “produced water” from underground that also rises to the surface, and can be anywhere from two to 200 times as much water, depending on the oil/gas/water concentrations in the shale formation.

A 2004 EPA study concluded fracking did not pose a risk to drinking water, helping lead to its exemption from the Safe Drinking Water Act through the Energy Policy Act of 2005. The study was later criticized as limited and compromised by oil/gas industry influence. A 2009 ProPublica investigation found that contamination was far more prevalent than indicated in the report, citing more than 1,000 cases tied to drilling and fracking that had been documented by courts and state and local governments.

Top Tips to prevent water pollution

We found these great tips online that we can all follow to help reduce the risks of pollution that we all face on an individual basis.

Thanks to Simsbury Connecticutfor the great tips

 

1. DO NOT pour fat from cooking or any other type of fat, oil, or grease down the sink. Keep a “fat jar” under the sink to collect the fat and discard in the solid waste when full.

2. DO NOT dispose of household chemicals or cleaning agents down the sink or toilet.

3. DO NOT flush pills, liquid or powder medications or drugs down the toilet.Avoid using the toilet as a wastebasket. Most tissues, wrappers, dust cloths, and other paper goods should be properly discarded in a wastebasket. The fiber reinforced cleaning products that have become popular should never be discarded in the toilet.

4. Avoid using your general bin for waste disposal. Keep solid wastes solid. Make a compost pile from vegetable scraps.

5. Install a water efficient toilet. In the meantime, put a brick in the standard toilet tank to reduce water use per flush and save money on your meter.

6. Run the dishwasher or clothes washer only when you have a full load. This conserves electricity and water and saves money.

7. Use the minimum amount of detergent and/or bleach when you are washing clothes or dishes.

8. Use only phosphate free soaps and detergents.Minimize the use of pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers.

9. DO NOT dispose of these chemicals, motor oil, or other automotive fluids into the sanitary sewer or storm sewer systems. Both of them end at the river.

10. If your home has a sump pump or cellar drain, make certain it does not drain into the sanitary sewer system.

 

Anglian Water pollution incident may have been prevented with better measures

Anglian Water has admitted responsibility for a pollution incident in Haverhill’s Stour Brook last Tuesday (August 5) which led to the death of thousands of fish.

A problem at the company’s water recycling centre in the town led to a large amount of sewage entering the water.

Thousands of fish were killed, and warnings were given to dog walkers and anglers to stay away from the area,

Acording to the Environment Agency, the spill may have killed the entire fish population of the river for a three kilometre stretch south of Haverhill.

“We deeply regret that a problem with equipment at our Haverhill water recycling centre led to sewage entering the brook,” said Antony Innes from Anglian Water. “Our alarm systems alerted us to the problem immediately, and we dispatched engineers to the site to investigate the problem.

“Tankers have also been stationed at the site to help manage the situation. Repair work is already underway.”

Environment Agency workers were on the scene quickly, attempting to reoxygenate the water and rescue any living fish.

The Environment Agency is currently investigating the incident and will decide what action to take once further evidence has been collected.

They operate on a ‘polluter pays’ principle, suggesting that Anglian Water may have to contribute to the cost of the clean up and, perhaps, towards the re-stocking of the river.

There have already been calls for tougher action to be taken against Anglia Water.

“I want to know what Anglian Water will do to compensate the town,” said Suffolk County Councillor, Tony Brown. “They really need to be held to account over this.

“I’ve been going to East Town Park since I was a child. Year on year, it’s been thriving with fish. It’s an asset to Haverhill.

“Now there’s nothing left. Everything’s dead.”

Local fishermen told the Echo they had been complaining about outflow from the water recycling centre for years.

Echo reader, Simon Edwards, took to Facebook to share his views.

“The river biodiversity growth has been amazing,” he said. “And to have it wiped out by a company that is in charge of water is disgusting.

“I hope they’re hit with a big fine and made to pay for the restocking and regeneration of the river.

“They have spent thousands on the plant lately, surely they must have failsafes in place.”

Cllr Tony Brown agreed.

“I want some measures put in place to make sure this never happens again,” he said. “This shouldn’t happen in this day and age. It’s a horrendous thing for Anglian Water to have done.

“I think they should try to put the river right. They should re-stock the river and clear up the pollution.”

The Environment Agency has left the scene having ensured that oxygen levels in the river are back to a more normal level. It could, however, be many years before invertebrate life returns to the water.

“We take our environmental responsibilities incredibly seriously,” added Mr Innes. “We are doing everything we can to remedy this situation, and will continue to monitor the situation over the coming days so we can intervene immediately if we have to.”

Join us a the Facilities Show in June and get a FREE pollution control site assessment

We believe that saving money is just as important as environmental compliance. This year at the Facilities Show we are providing demonstrations of our products and we providing free 1-2-1 sessions help you understand your potential risks and how to manage them. We provide a number of products and services designed to help prevent spills and leaks and reduce the costs associated with the clean up. We work with a number of businesses helping them to understand legislation and what their responsibilities are. If you would like to book a 1-2-1 free risk assessment at Facilities Show you can email us at info@aquasentry.co.uk or you can do it online at http://www.aquasentry.co.uk/index.php/FM/ or you can simply join us at our stand, T1020 at the exhibition on June 17th-19th. We can provide a range of pollution control solutions in following areas:- •    Advanced monitoring: The interceptor monitors  are all ATEX approved and provide day to day monitoring of your oil, silt and water levels. The Aquasentry system can be tailor made to your needs; with retro fit, solar, battery, mains and the wireless options available. All the monitors are available with the web interface giving you real time access to the activity within your tank. •    Site Assessment: If you are unsure as to what you need for your site you should take advantage of our FREE site survey. An expert will visit your site and provide you with a break down of your options and how they can help you with EA compliance. •    Bund Level Management: Bund Water Control Units are automated devices that remove excess rainwater, preventing over flow spillages, this unit contains the oil and allows for safe and cost effective removal. Above all it will improve compliance with the Oil Storage Regulations; •    Pollution Control Drain Protection: The CheckValve is a pneumatically activated valve to prevent pollution from spills, it used in both manholes and end of line outlets to provide a secure, water tight seal in the event of an emergency. •    Spill protection: We offer a range of spill protection product including oil pads, spill kits and  sump flooring. •    Spill Training: As established experts we provide thorough and detailed training on how to deal effectively with an incident from both a practical and theoretical sense, with real life examples. •    Bunding Solutions: Relining and sealing of existing bunds •    Civil Engineering Projects including; the installation and decommissioning of tanks, bunds. •    Drainage Services including; Interceptor empties, jetting, camera surveys drainage repairs, interceptor integrity tests and repairs. •    Grease Trap Monitoring; Advanced monitoring solutions ensuring that you are in control of your external grease traps, omitting the risk of FOG spill •    Water Leak Detection; Robust water detection systems providing accurate monitoring of any leaks ensuring that all necessary equipment is safeguarded. Used in Call Centres, Banks, Offices, Museums and Galleries.

Prepare for a flood and save up to 90% in damage costs

As flooding becomes increasingly more common many businesses are now no longer able to insure against these risks. Flooding can occur from many sources including groundwater, storm water run-off, blocked drains and sewers (sewer flooding) and rivers or lakes rising due to heavy rainfall. If you had more me to prepare for a flood how much of the damage do you think would be prevented?

• The Aquasentry FloodAlarm system provides an early warning of rising water levels to ensure that you have me to put your flood defenses in place to protect your home, business and valuables.
• The alarm can be connected into either existing site BMS or connected to a SMS or e-mail

The system is installed where the rise of flood waters can be detected early, the levels can be set in accordance with your needs and can be set at different levels to allow you to ascertain the difference between rising flood levels and simple variances in water flow.

The Aquasentry FloodAlarm detects when water levels rising outside your property
• Send an alarm via text and email to alert you to the rising levels
• Flashing Beacon providing a visual warning
• Text up to 6 phone numbers of your choice
• Email an additional 6 contacts
• Year-long battery life
• Remote install
• Online monitoring system
• Three stage warning systems

A key part of the FloodAlarm is the alert warning sent to vital personnel. Rising levels are then alerted by SMS texts and e-mails warning the recipient that acon needs to be taken. This information is also recorded through the online management service.

The Aquasentry Flood Alarm provides that vital early warning to enables you to move valuable items away from the flood waters, ensuring business continuity, costs savings and personnel safety.

The Environment Agency says “Don’t let a flood drown your business. Floods are one of the most common and widespread of all disasters and are growing in frequency and severity due to the impact of global warming. Your business is more likely to flood than to burn down, so it is vital you prepare now. Make a flood plan that’ll keep your business afloat if the worst happens. Preparing and puttng in place a flood plan is the most important thing you can do to prepare your business for flooding. Most businesses can save between 20 and 90 per cent on the cost of lost stock and movable equipment by taking action to prepare in advance for flooding.”

How to deal with a Spill

Most industrial facilities use some form of liquid in their processes. Whether these be cutting fluid, oil and other petroleum products, coolants or plain water, one thing is for certain: if your facility uses these, a spill can and will occur.

As a workplace hazard, spills can be considered one of the more complex types to deal with. Spills can cause slips and falls which, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) account for 15% of all accidental deaths in the workplace. Spills can also pose huge environmental risks, as shown by recent large scale disasters like the Deepwater Horizon spill.

Just like other workplace hazards, your facility should be ready to deal with any spill not only immediately but efficiently. In the event of a spill, two factors will determine the best spill control method: the size of the spill and the type of spilled chemical.

Spill Size

First things first: as anyone  who has had to clean up water from their home kitchen floor, the best way is to use some form of absorbent material. In an industrial setting, the best equipment for spill cleanup are sorbents. Spill size is a consideration that determines what form of sorbent to use, since there are more than one.

There are generally four forms of sorbents, each best for a particular sized spill: pads and rolls, pillows, socks and booms:

  • Pads and Rolls – pads and rolls are similar in appearance to paper towels, with pads being individually dispensed and rolls having a similar appearance to paper towel rolls.
  • Pillows – this type of absorbent is similar in appearance to a pillow, hence its name.  Being larger than a pad or an individual sheet from a roll, absorbent pillows can be used on larger spills. Pillows are usually placed underneath leaking equipment.
  • Socks – absorbent socks appear as long, cylindrical “logs”, filled with absorbent material. These are used on vats, troughs and larger containers.
  • Booms – absorbent booms are similar in form to socks but are much longer. Owing to its size, booms are used on larger bodies of water such as rivers, lakes and even along shorelines.

 Chemical Type

If spill size determines the form of the sorbent needed, then chemical/material makeup determines the absorbent type. Generally speaking, there are four types of sorbents according to the kind of liquid these can absorb: universal, oil-only, haz-mat and specialty.

  • Universal Absorbents – as its name implies, universal absorbents can be used on both oil and petroleum products, as well as non-petroleum based liquids such as cutting fluid and coolants. Universal absorbents however, are not recommended for use on aggressive liquids such as acids.
  • Oil-Only Absorbents – oil-only absorbents are unique in that these absorb oil and reject water. While most oil-only absorbents should be disposed once saturated with fluid, there are some oil-only absorbents that allow you to recycle oil. Simply squeeze out the absorbed oil and re-process.
  • Haz-Mat – similar in form to universal or oil-only absorbents, but are used for more aggressive chemicals like acids.
  • Specialty – specialty absorbents include kits for dealing with more hazardous chemicals such as mercury. Other specialty absorbents include fuel solidifiers and neutralizing adsorbents.

Consider Prevention

Just as with other workplace hazards, there are also other equipment specially designed for spill prevention and containment. These include spill pallets, spill platforms, containment trays and spill berms. These equipment is designed to prevent spills from either occurring or spreading by acting as a catch basin (in the case of pallets and platforms) or by providing containment (as with spill berms.)

When you consider the dangers posed by spills to either your personnel or to the environment, having spill control equipment handy is certainly a wise thing to do. Keeping considerations such as spill size and chemical type in mind will help you better in choosing the right equipment for your purposes.

 


Join Us at RWM next week

We would like to invite you to join us from the 10th – 12th September at RWM in partnership with CIWM. Taking place at the NEC Birmingham, register today for free entry and ensure you are first to discover all Europe’s leading event for resource efficiency and waste management has to offer.

 



Register for free entry

The show includes:-
150+ speakers
 - Hear the latest industry opinion and insight in RWM’s fully CPD-accredited conference programme spanning five themed theatres. Speakers include:  Coca Cola, The Environment Agency, HSBC, John Lewis, Nestle, NHS, P&G, Skanska, Unilever, Investec, WRAP, London Community Resource Network, Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Unit and many more.

Networking  - from dedicated networking hubs and cafes to speed networking sessions, this is where you can make new contacts, grow your professional network and gain practical advice – visit www.rwmexhibition.com to find out more.

Shows – from show trails highlighting new exhibitors to the Wamitab SkillsVillage, RWM catwalk, Materials Village and Social Enterprise Zone – a visit to RWM in partnership with CIWM is guaranteed to benefit you and your business.

 

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