Free Site Survey
As a business, understanding your environmental risk is key to ensuring legal compliance and minimising the potential for pollution. A pollution incident may result in regulatory action or third party claims for damage. In addition to legal fines or damages, insurance costs may increase as a result of an incident. This may affect your business’s competitiveness by damaging your business reputation.
In addition, the introduction of the EU Environmental Liability Directive (ELD) has placed a new set of potential liabilities on operators and companies that cause environmental damage. The ELD covers environmental damage caused by, or resulting from, the activities of operators to protected species and natural habitats, waters covered by the Water Framework Directive and land contamination that creates a significant risk of harming human health.
Pollution incidents remain a regular occurrence in the UK; the Environment Agency reports two significant pollution incidents a day, with 40% of incidents resulting from equipment or control failures and 10% resulting from fire.
Does your organisation know where its environmental risks lie?
Darcy’s experienced consulting staff are able to provide site surveys to identify potential risk areas, focusing on regulatory compliance, industry best available techniques (BAT), pollution prevention measures and drainage environmental risk assessment. The findings are detailed in a comprehensive report along with recommendations for measures to reduce the company’s environmental risk exposure.
What does and Environmental Risk Survey entail?
A site survey typically covers the following areas.
1. Storing and handling oils, chemicals and other potentially hazardous materials
- A visual assessment of the condition of liquid storage containers, location and applicable secondary containment systems.
- A review of materials handling and storage procedures.
2. Waste and wastewater management
- An assessment of waste/ wastewater management, storage and disposal.
- Advice on improved environmental security and compliance.
3. Site drainage
- Drains provide a primary pathway for contaminants to leave site and migrate into the environment. It is therefore critical to environmental security that a full understanding of the site drainage is achieved.
4. Dealing with pollution emergencies
- A review of existing Emergency Response Plans for dealing with pollution caused by hazardous and non-hazardous liquid spills and those caused by fire and flood.
5. Spill pathway analysis
- A risk assessment of where spills are most likely to occur, the pathway the liquid will follow and the final receptor.
6. Spill response equipment
- An assessment of the current location of spill response equipment including kits, absorbents and drain blockers.
- Identification of the correct type of absorbent and size of spill kit in the optimum location for spill containment, control and clean up.
7. Fire water management
- An assessment of management provisions for fire water run-off and containment.
For further information on our Environmental Risk Survey service please call Darcy on 0800 0370 899.
Please note this service is currently available throughout the UK only.