ASBESTOS - 28.09.2020
When is it safe to handle asbestos?
You have a small asbestos outbuilding which is falling apart and needs to be taken down. Do you need to appoint an approved asbestos contractor or can you do it in-house?
ENVIRONMENTAL PERMITTING - 23.09.2020
EA permit advice suspended
The Environment Agency (EA) has suspended its free advice service for permit applications. How can you ensure that your application is approved?
OIL - 23.09.2020
Don’t let an oil leak stain your reputation
If you make mistakes in the handling and storage of oil, it can cause a serious and long-lasting pollution event and even land you in court. What measures should you take?
PPE - 02.07.2020
Substandard face masks on the market
No protection. The HSE has warned that face masks are appearing on the market which claim to be to “KN95” standard and it wants businesses to be aware of what this means and why they are not to be used (see The next step ). Not up to standard. KN95 denotes a Chinese quality standard for face masks which are broadly equivalent to mid-range disposable face masks under our own standards, which are labelled “FFP2”. (FFP stands for filtering facepiece, and there are three grades from one to three.) ...
HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCES - 02.07.2020
Do we need to test cutting fluid?
One of our subscribers has been told by an auditor that he should have a regular test of the cutting fluid on his metalworking machines. Is this true? And if so, what should be carried out?
WASTE - 25.06.2020
Neighbours run ragged by waste criminal
A director has been found guilty following persistent breaches of his company’s waste permit. How did his actions lead to multiple neighbour complaints and ultimately land him in court?