WISH guidance – an alternative to the EA’s fire prevention plans?

The most recent fire safety webinar hosted by the CIWM provided an informative review of the recently published WISH guidance, WASTE 28 Reducing fire risk at waste management sites.

The latest version of the WISH Waste 28 guidance, which was published April 2017, aims to provide good practice guidance which may potentially be used to propose alternative operating measures to those found in the Environment Agency’s Fire Prevention Plan Guidance.

Attending the fire safety webinar, Wiser Environment learnt that the guidance will shortly be due for further review following tests on appropriate firefighting techniques, which is scheduled for June 2017.

Sophie Stephenson, Environmental Consultant, Wiser Environment said: “We welcome the upcoming firefighting techniques tests to be carried out by WISH. In the absence of clear evidence it can often be challenging to demonstrate how proposed methods are appropriate to the site specific risk.”

The webinar also discussed the UKs other regulatory bodies’ position on the WISH guidance, with a suggestion being made that Natural Resources Wales will be developing their own fire safety guidance. SEPA who have provided their approval of the WISH guidance have yet to make comment on whether they will be adopting one of the already published fire safety guidance documents or whether they will be creating their own.

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Accreditations

Fernbrook Bio achieves recertification to PAS110 & Biofertiliser Certification Scheme

Congratulations to Fernbrook Bio for achieving recertification to PAS110 and Biofertiliser Certification Scheme!

Despite all the recent external pressures, Fernbrook Bio has successfully maintained a high-quality standard throughout. This fantastic achievement demonstrates how successful our 14-year strong collaborative partnership has been. We look forward to tackling the next challenge together.

End of halogen light bulbs

From this September, the UK Government is set to ban the sale of halogen light bulbs – with fluorescent light bulbs to follow suit.

We offer a complete collection and recycling service – so, get in touch if you have any unwanted lights, light fittings or bulbs.

The EA has updated its odour management plan guidance

The EA has updated its odour management plan guidance. Overall, the guidance outlines how operators must control and monitor emissions from their activities that may cause pollution.

Changes include clarifications regarding when the EA will want an odour management plan. They may request one during pre-application, determination, variation or at any point during the lifetime of your permit.

Also, Materials recycling and handle odorous inputs or reject streams and Intensive Farming have been added to the list of Activities that require an odour management plan.