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How can using industrial services make manufacturing sites safer?

Did you know that having regular industrial services at your manufacturing site can help reduce the risks to you and your staff?

We understand that manufacturing is a process that has many potential hazards. They include injuries from faulty machine guarding or unexpected start-up, electrocution, accidents involving powered vehicles, and slips and falls.

Industrial services help your business avoid accidents and injuries or deaths by ensuring your workplace is clean and working efficiently.

That, of course, means your business is less likely to be liable for costs or compensation if someone is injured at your site. After a serious incident, that could run into hundreds of thousands, or even millions, of pounds.

We also understand that the cost of a serious accident may not just be felt in monetary terms.

All UK employers have a duty of care to their employees. The law says employers should take all steps reasonably possible to ensure the health, safety, and wellbeing of their employees.

Breaching health and safety regulations could result in a prosecution being brought by the HSE or local authority.

With all that in mind, industrial services are a wise investment for so many reasons.

 

What are the UK statistics for workplace deaths and injuries?

Of the 147 deaths in the workplace in the UK in 2018/19, there were 26 in manufacturing (up from 15 in 2017/18).

Manufacturing is the third-highest sector for fatalities after agriculture and fishing and construction.

UK Government figures show that the manufacturing, transportation, and storage sector has a rate of fatal injury between 1.5 to 2 times the average rate across all industries.

The top cause of workplace deaths was a fall from height.

There were more than 71,000 workplace injuries in total in the UK in 2017/18 and the cost of workplace injury was £5.2 billion. A large proportion of that cost is felt by employers.

 

How can industrial services help?

As the main cause of deaths and injuries is falling or slipping, having a clean manufacturing site helps reduce the likelihood these will take place.

Industrial cleaners will ensure your walkways and floors are clean and degreased, helping to ensure staff don’t slip or fall and that any powered vehicles in use don’t skid on grease and crash or hit someone.

Machinery will be cleaned and degreased making sure it runs smoothly.

Where chemicals are stored and may have been leaking or spilled, experts will carry out a chemical clean-up.

Industrial tanks will be emptied, cleaned, and inspected by experienced, trained staff with the correct equipment. Tank cleaning should never be attempted by those without that training. Please read our blog on the subject to find out why.

Other industrial services include dust collector cleaning, duct cleaning, and hood exhaust systems cleaning.

How to choose the right company for your industrial services

  • Ensure the company has the right ISO accreditations, as Inspire Waste Management does.
  • Ask how they would meet the environmental and health and safety regulations covering their work.
  • Ask for testimonials from their past client’s tanks.
  • Make sure you will have a full audit trail for any waste items you have removed and that they are licensed waste carriers.

 

Do you need our industrial services? Call our friendly Inspire Waste team on 0800 002 9282.

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How could waste consultancy services help save your business money?

If you’re looking to save money in your business, it’s time to consider using waste consultancy services.

Experienced professionals with excellent contacts in the waste industry can help you reduce your costs and maximise your revenue potential.

Whether you produce hazardous waste, bulk recycling, or non-hazardous waste, using waste consultancy services could help you get a clear picture of your business.

 

What could waste consultancy services do for you?

  1. Carry out a waste audit

Having a clear picture of the amount and type of waste your business produces helps you understand the potential liabilities you face.

An audit is a physical analysis of your waste which allows you to draw up plans to reduce the amount of waste produced, look at best practices and where your organisation is adopting it, and where systems could be improved.

It can be carried out in factories, warehouses, offices, schools and colleges, and hospitals.

It will help you see what’s costing you money and where there is potential for extra revenue.

 

  1. Advise you on the law

The regulations for hazardous waste are strict and the potential penalties for breaching them are costly.

So, it’s in your interests to understand your duties under the law and what you must do to fulfill them.

It’s worth remembering that non-hazardous waste is governed by environmental regulations, too.

Your business has a duty of care to protect the public, the environment, and your staff from the waste you produce and store.

Our consultants keep abreast of the latest legal moves and are highly experienced.

 

  1. Help you categorise and store your hazardous waste correctly

The law says you must categorise hazardous waste correctly, it must not be stored with non-hazardous waste, and it must be stored appropriately.

If you want to transport it, you need a waste consignment note which details the type of waste, how it was produced and stored, which registered carrier is transporting it, and where it will be processed.

There are several different categories – from Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) to solvents or chemicals.

The categorisation system can be confusing, so having a waste consultant to help you through the process ensures your paperwork is correct and that waste such as chemicals, oils, slurry or sludge, asbestos, and WEEE waste is stored in the right way.

We also have access to chemist testing facilities to ensure you know what’s in your waste.

 

  1. Look for better deals

Our consultants have excellent contacts in the waste disposal industry, so they will be able to source the best deals for you when it comes to waste transfer and facilities to process your waste.

That will help keep your costs to a minimum while making sure your contractors have the proper accreditations to keep you on the right side of the law.

 

  1. Look at the best bulk recycling options

This is a potential revenue stream for your business and our waste constancy service will help you maximise it.

If you produce waste cardboard, paper, or metal waste, it’s worth talking to our consultants who will help you get the best prices for it.

We’ll also make sure you’re not sending recyclable waste to landfill, incurring costly landfill fees and taxes.

 

Do you need our waste consultancy services? Call our friendly Inspire Waste team on 0800 002 9282.

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Why you should never carry out industrial tank cleaning yourself

industrial tank cleaningHave you ever been tempted to try to carry out industrial tank cleaning yourself?

We understand that you need to prepare them for inspection and clean up any contamination, but the process can be complex and there can be many health and safety and environmental rules to consider along the way. The last thing you want to do is put yourself or your staff at risk.

That’s why it’s so important that industrial tank cleaning is carried out by qualified, experienced professionals such as Inspire Waste Management.

How do we start?

Tanks are safely drained of their contents before we begin the clean.

They can contain anything from water and foodstuffs to chemicals and slurry, so we adhere rigorously to the environmental regulations for each substance.

We may transfer the contents of a static tank to our tanker for removal to an appropriate waste facility. If the waste is hazardous, it will need to be correctly classified and we will need a detailed transfer note to ensure we comply with the hazardous waste regulations.

There are two basic methods of industrial tank cleaning, using high pressure water cleaning or cleaning using solvents.

Water cleaning

How water cleaning is used will depend on the type of tank to be cleaned, what it has contained, and whether it is accessible to jetting robots which can deliver high pressure cleaning.

It’s generally preferable to use robots and clean tanks remotely. That way, staff don’t come into contact with anything hazardous.

The high pressure water removes blockages and residue internally and externally, so that you will be able to see any potential problems such as the development of rusk in metal tanks.

Sometimes, tanks aren’t accessible to robots so high pressure lances need to be used and workers have to go into the tanks.

These workers are highly trained and have specialist equipment such as harnesses. Using a powerful lance is not something which should be attempted without this training and the right protective clothing.

Underground tanks may require the use of breathing apparatus, pumps, and gas detection monitors

Solvent and degreaser cleaning

A biodegradable solvent or degreaser can be used in some circumstances, such as when tanks contain hardened greases, crude oils, and tars. This can be sprayed on the surface and interior of tanks.

This is rinsed off using hot water.

Although using high pressure water cleaning can be seen as more environmentally friendly, the cleaning solvents used today can be water rinseable, many aren’t classified as skin irritants or a highly flammable, and they are made using non-toxic chemicals.

How to choose the right company for your industrial tank cleaning

Ensure the company has relevant ISO accreditations, as Inspire Waste Management does, and ask them how they would meet the environmental and health and safety regulations.

Ask for testimonials from clients for whom they have cleaned tanks and ensure you’ll have a full audit trail for any waste items you have removed. Make sure your company knows the location of licensed waste facilities.

Need advice on industrial tank cleaning for your business? Call our friendly Inspire Waste team on 0800 002 9282.

 

 

 

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Need help with solvent paints disposal ? Read our handy guide…

solvent paints disposalMany businesses have left-over paint, coatings, or varnishes from refurbishments or expansion projects and need help with solvent paints disposal.

So, we decided to put together a useful guide with all the questions you’ll need to ask about how to handle the waste.

Solvent-based paint is often used on metal equipment, metal walkways, metal doors, and railings, and is especially useful for protecting steel structures. However, if you have waste, here’s what you need to know about solvent paints disposal…

 

Q: Why is solvent-based paint used?

A: Solvents are used to disperse paint pigments and when they dry, they leave the pigment and oxidized oil, forming a hard film. This makes the painted surface durable.

 

Q: What is the difference between water-based and solvent-based paint?

A: Solvent-based paint is often referred to as oil-based or alkyd, and it contains a higher level of organic compounds that water-based paint. When the solvents evaporate, they release Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). They have a strong odour and a toxic impact on the environment, which is why the correct solvent paint disposal is vital.

 

Q: Can epoxy coatings and resins also use solvents?

A: Yes they can. They are popular in industry because they give a quick-drying, tough and protective coating to concrete floors and metal structures which resists water, acid, and alkali.

 

Q; How could solvent paints disposal affect my health?

A: Solvents can get into the body by breathing in vapours or fumes or if they come into contact with your skin. They can cause eye irritation, lung irritation, headaches, nausea, dizziness, light-headedness, and dermatitis. So, waste solvent-based paints need to be handled carefully and correctly and dealt with by experienced professionals.

 

Q: Are they considered hazardous waste?

A: Yes, solvent-based paints are a hazard and must be stored, classified, and transported according to the hazardous waste regulationsfrom the Environment Agency. That means your business has a legal duty to comply with the regulations, ensuring your waste is transferred by a licensed company and sent to a licensed facility for disposal or recycling. Failure to do so can result in a substantial fine.

 

Q: Why is classifying the waste important?

A: It will help you decide how to store it and deal with it, and it will help your waste handlers manage it. You must give them correctly filled-in paperwork as part of your business’s duty of care to people and the environment.

 

Q: Where can I find guidance on classifying the waste?

A: The Environment Agency has a guide to construction and demolition waste which includes paints and varnishes. Access it here.

 

Q: How do I choose the right waste management company for my solvent paints disposal?

A: Choose a company with a track record in successfully dealing with hazardous waste, such as Inspire Waste Management. They will understand the complex rules associated with it and help you ensure your solvent paints disposal is carried out correctly.

 

Do you need advice from our Inspire Waste Management team? Contact uson 0800 002 9282.

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What is a waste management consultant – and why do I need one?

Have you ever seen the job title of waste management consultant and wondered what they do?

These consultants can help your business save money, comply with complex waste regulations, reduce pollution, and reduce the impact of the work you do on the environment.

They:

  • Ensure hazardous and non-hazardous waste is disposed of safely, legally, and efficiently
  • Help companies design waste management systems which comply with environmental protection laws
  • Analyse systems for efficiency and cost
  • Carry out risk assessments
  • Highlight the benefits and drawbacks of different waste management systems
  • Suggest improvements, including new equipment or procedures

Generally, they have expert knowledge in chemistry, physics, and mechanical engineering.

This knowledge is combined with a dee[p understanding of the hazardous waste legislation and how businesses must comply with it when it is stored, categorised, transported, and disposed of.

They use research skills online and in the field to ensure the law is complied with and businesses are given the best options for them.

A substantial part of the job is writing detailed technical reports, explaining the complex rules in clear language to businesses.

They also draw up blueprints and carry out simulations to test systems and may carry out air and soil tests.

 

Why would I need a waste management consultant?

Any business undertaking a major new construction project, or the installation of new plant and machinery, would need to know the cost of removing waste from their site

One of the key reasons to employ a waste management consultant is to help prevent spiraling project costs.

Businesses which produce hazardous waste as part of their process, or which store it, must understand and comply with strict rules.

An experienced waste management consultant will help businesses ensure they have the right storage facilities, the right transportation, and that they have the right waste transfer notes.

Categorising hazardous waste correctly is vital to ensure you stay on the right side of the law.

Your consultant will assist you in doing that and ensure that notes are filled out correctly.

Businesses which fail to comply with hazardous waste regulations can be fined substantial amounts.

For example in 2017, a Bristol company and two of its directors were told to pay more than £32,000 in fines and costs for illegally supplying 64,000 of tonnes hazardous waste to a development site, where workers reported getting sore, runny eyes. There was the potential risk of exposure to asbestos contained in the material, the Environment Agency said.

 

How do you choose the right waste management consultant?

Look for a company with consultants with a track record in dealing with hazardous waste, such as Inspire Waste Management. They will understand the complex rules associated with it and help you ensure your waste is correctly categorised.

 

Do you need advice from our Inspire Waste Management consultants? Contact us on 0800 002 9282.