Directors complete Summer of Challenges

Last weekend, the last event in the Summer of Challenges was completed in the Transylvanian Carpathian Mountains by directors Russell and Dominic Hirst with their brother Adam.

The trio took a three day mountain bike tour in the Bucegi & Piatra Craiului Mountains covering 110km of off road mountain trails and 3,500m of climbing in the National Park populated by brown bears, wolves and mountain goats. The technical and physically demanding route included descending the classic Strunga Pass having stayed in a mountain hut overnight.

Dominic, an experienced mountain biker, said: “The road bikers had to adjust their sights from their usual distances. Going up the extremely steep mountain tracks was difficult, but the downhills were even steeper and very technical. We had a few spills, bumps and grazes, and came home exhausted. All very worthwhile and in a very beautiful location – we would recommend Romania for a mountain biking destination and thank Brazil Adventure Tours for a well organised trip despite being a long way from their normal locale!”

This latest challenge draws to an end the Wiser Group Directors Summer of Challenges which started at the end of April when Russell and Dominic completed the 23 mile Three Peaks Fell Race. The challenge took in 400km of cycling and 25,000 feet of ascent in the Pyrenees in June where Russell and Dominic were joined by fellow director, Charles Thomas, and friend Alistair Whitehead. It also included the Yorkshireman half marathon and several sportive bike rides of over 100 miles.

The Summer of Challenges was undertaken to raise money for the Fire Fighters Charity following the devastating fire at Wiser Recycling’s Cambridgeshire facility last year. The directors are approaching their target of £2,500. If you would like to donate, please visit Just Giving.

Russell Hirst, Managing Director, Wiser Group says: “Having experienced the amazing support of firefighters last year, and seen what they put themselves through, we wanted to raise some money to show our gratitude and appreciation. We thank all those who have donated to this worthy cause. We have enjoyed some amazing experiences but are look forward to a slightly quieter winter!”

Funds have also been raised for the Raptor Foundation. The Cambridgeshire charity, of which Russell is a Trustee, provides 24 hour care and rehabilitation for injured raptors, helping to support these increasingly rare species.

Check out Dracula’s castle in the background of this image!


Are you on track to transition to the new ISO standards?

In less than twelve months, those holding certification of the ISO standards for quality (ISO9001) and environmental management systems (ISO14001) need to have completed transition to the 2015 version of those standards. Are you prepared?

In September 2015, new versions of the most popular international standards were published. ISO 9001:2015 and ISO14001:2015 replace previous editions and registered companies were given up to three years to migrate certificates to the new versions.

Wiser Environment consultant, Joana Santos, says: “The transition process can be quite lengthy with processes and procedures needing revision and implementation in line with the new requirements, liaison with and reassessment by BSI. We advise any business that hasn’t started the process yet to prioritise this now”.

Wiser Environment has successfully assisted many of our clients through the transition. If you need any assistance, contact us on 01480462232.


The whys and wherefores of air dispersion modelling

Have you ever tried to understand or explain the need for air dispersion modelling?

Wiser Environment has written a short guide looking at the whys and wherefores of air dispersion modelling (ADM). ‘Five things you need to know about ADM’ looks at who needs air dispersion modelling and when they might need it, what it involves and who can carry it out as well as what happens if you fail to carry it out.

Graeme Outridge, Wiser’s ADM specialist explains: “Many different types of businesses are required to identify and monitor air and odour emissions but air dispersion modelling itself isn’t an everyday activity so it’s unsurprisingly not something that’s well understood. We have produced this document for those who might require ADM and who need to understand, or explain, the basics without being baffled by technical jargon.”

Read or download ‘Five things you need to know about ADM’ for free here.