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Gearing up for new health & safety ISO

Wiser Environment is gearing up to advise clients on implementation of the new BS ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems standard published in March 2018. ISO 45001 aims to improve health & safety in the workplace and reduce the thousands of lives lost each year from accidents or fatal diseases linked to work…

New recruit sees team continue to expand

Wiser Environment is continuing to expand with the recruitment of new consultant Wes Carrington who started this week. Wes joins the team to manage our growing environmental training services, in particular the WAMITAB assessment centre, as well as developing our workplace exposure monitoring services. Wes worked for Wiser Environment in a temporary role in 2015/16…

Promotion expands Wiser senior team

We are delighted to announce the promotion of Georgina Leach to Senior Consultant. Georgina joined Wiser in 2013 as a junior consultant. Her initiative and hard work saw her promoted to consultant just over a year later. In 2016, Georgina was seconded (on a part time basis) to sister company Wiser Recycling for six months…

New EA fees published today

The Environment Agency (EA) has today released its new fees and charges scheme. The changes follow the consultation carried out late last year and enable the EA to charge for the cost of regulatory activity. The new charging scheme covers a wide range of activities: Flood risk activities Installations Waste operations Mining waste operations Mobile…

New occupational health and safety ISO published today

The new BS ISO 45001:2018 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems was published today (12th March 2018).  The ‘world’s first global occupational health and safety management system standard’ differs significantly from the current occupational health and safety management standard OHSAS 18001:2007. OHSAS 18001 is being withdrawn on publication of ISO 45001 so companies that are…

DEFRA considers removing exemptions

DEFRA is proposing to limit the number of waste exemptions that any one operator can register or potentially remove exemptions completely in the latest industry consultation launched last month. In January, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) published proposals to tackle waste crime in England and Wales, blaming criminal activity and poor…

DEFRA proposes to make it harder to obtain permits

In the latest industry consultation, DEFRA is proposing to raise the standard of operator competence, potentially making it much harder to obtain a good OPRA rating and a permit. Last month, we advised that the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) opened a consultation into proposals to tackle waste crime in England and…

Reuse of waste affected by reclassification

From this summer, changes to the classification of certain wastes could potentially prevent their reuse or result in the requirement for greater pre-treatment. The reuse of waste materials is a frequent practice in several industries, for example, reusing excavated soil and rock at construction sites has known environmental, economic and social advantages. This reuse of…

Summer of Challenges raises over £2,500 for fire fighters

Wiser’s Directors have reached their target of raising over £2,500 for the Fire Fighters Charity following last year’s Summer of Challenges, in response to the devastating fire at Wiser Recycling’s waste electrical and electronic equipment facility in 2016. We would like to thank the many who contributed for their generosity and support. The ‘Summer of…

Consultation on proposals to tackle waste crime

Last week, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) opened a consultation into proposals to tackle waste crime in England and Wales, blaming criminal activity and poor performance in the waste industry for undermining efforts to improve resource efficiency. DEFRA is consulting on proposals to give the regulators, EA and Natural Resource Wales…