Free Site Assessment
Many different materials have the potential to cause significant environmental harm if they’re spilt and are allowed to enter the environment.
Polluting materials include things we can clearly identify as harmful, such as chemicals, pesticides, oils, sewage and animal slurries. But many things we don’t see as harmful can still have a devastating effect on the environment, for example beverages, food products, detergents, dairy products, paint and ink.
Impacts can include:
- the closure of public water supplies and other abstractions;
- damage to fisheries and river ecosystems;
- disruption of recreational and other river uses;
- groundwater or land contamination;
- impacts on public health.
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These impacts can be immediate and long lasting. If you’re the polluter you may be responsible for the clean-up costs. These can be expensive, particularly if groundwater has been contaminated. There may also be additional costs associated with our incident response. And fines or costs applied through the criminal courts. Your business reputation can suffer and your insurance costs may rise.
The impact a spill will have is affected by the:
- polluting or toxic nature of the material that’s spilt;
- quantity and concentration of the material released;
- environmental sensitivity of the local area around the spill;
- the time of year and weather conditions;
- availability of pollution control equipment and spill containment facilities;
- the speed and effectiveness of your incident response.
Even small spills can have a significant impact. Inappropriate or delayed action can make the polluting impact worse and/or threaten public health.
Your initial response to a spill can make a big difference to what happens to the environment, public health and your clean up costs. Contingency planning is the key to stopping a spill becoming a serious pollution incident.
Pollutants can escape from your site or the where a collision has happened into the environment via different routes:
- Through the surface water drainage system.
- Direct run-off into a water course.
- Directly soaking into ground to the groundwater.
- Through the foul sewer system, where pollutants can pass through sewage treatment or reducing the performance of the works so it can’t treat received sewage properly.
As a result of this, Spillcraft highly recommend a site assessment which consists of a spill control specialist coming to your site and carrying out an overview of your facilities, focussing particularly on areas where there is a high risk of a spillage incident.
This typically includes:
- Good in areas
- Stores internal and external
- The routes taken when liquids are transported
- Internal manufacturing and processing areas
- Road traffic
- FLT charging points
- Maintenance areas
- Compressor rooms
- Fuel points
- Fuel loading / unloading areas
- Nearby waterways
Following the assessment you will receive a report detailing the issues in the areas and an area by area recommendation of the equipment required. This will enable you to make an informed decision regarding the way forward and allow you to plan the implementation of your new spill management system.