Monitoring services for the waste sector
Demonstrating legal compliance, evidencing development suitability or undertaking due diligence is more powerful with primary data.
We offer a range of monitoring services that meet obligations set out under typical waste planning and permitting consents. These monitoring services include the collection of primary data to support applications for new developments and to comply with imposed conditions for the ongoing operation of a facility. WRM also provide occupational monitoring for organisations who wish to understand their staff exposure levels. WRM offer individual monitoring services and service packages that can drive operational and cost efficiencies by monitoring several emissions concurrently.
We have contracted WRM to provide a number of consultancy services in the past and based upon the quality of the work that they delivered, we asked if they could provide occupational monitoring as well. WRM were happy to accommodate this request and conducted the monitoring at a time convenient to our requirements. Subsequently they produced a succinct and informative report that has helped us to carry out our internal due diligence and ensure the safety of our staff.
Bioaerosols Monitoring Service
A bioaerosol (short for biological aerosol) is a suspension of airborne particles usually measuring less than 20 microns in diameter that contain living organisms or were released from living organisms typically consisting of bacteria, fungi, pollen and mycotoxins.
Potential harmful effects of bioaerosol emissions are a concern and in recent years the Environment Agency, Health & Safety Executive, Local Authorities, Planners, Site Operators and the Public at large have taken an added interest.
Regulators in the UK favour a risk-based, precautionary principle approach to evaluating bioaerosol emissions. Consequently, there is a 250 metre ‘trigger limit’ whereby a bioaerosol risk assessment must be carried out if there are sensitive receptors within that distance of a site. This requirement for evaluation and monitoring is applied to biowaste treatment activities as a condition on any issued Environmental Permit located within this ‘trigger limit’.
WRM have extensive experience in delivering bioaerosols monitoring for both ambient background concentrations and occupational monitoring. WRM undertake monitoring to the latest M9 monitoring standard for ambient monitoring and have developed a bespoke occupational monitoring standard working with the HSE and waste operators at different facilities.
Open windrow composting
Open bed and stack emission biofilters
Anaerobic digestion plants
MRF and transfer stations
Waste collection rounds
Occupational Health Monitoring
WRM helps you protect your employees in the workplace and stay compliant with your legal requirements with our occupational monitoring services.
Our in-house experienced monitoring team monitors dust, noise and bio-aerosols, helping to ensure you remain within the acceptable limits and minimise the risk to your employees and your business. Where limits are breached, we can provide advice and practical assistance to help you put measures in place to reduce levels. WRM can offer these monitoring services as a package, reducing your costs and minimising disruption to your operations by undertaking monitoring of each emission during the same monitoring event.
Without the relevant PPE and adequate air filtration in place, working in dusty environments can cause health issues including respiratory problems and gastrointestinal irritation. Our dust monitoring service will provide you with a detailed understanding of your workforce exposure and what improvements are required.
Biological aerosols, airborne particles that contain living organisms including bacteria, fungi, pollen and mycotoxins, can cause respiratory diseases. Our bioaerosols monitoring service will provide you with a detailed report that enables you to understand exposure levels across your business and help you identify the steps you need to take to mitigate these.
Exposure to excessive noise can lead to hearing problems including tinnitus, ringing, whistling and permanent hearing damage. The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2006 require employers to protect employees from excessive noise in the workplace. Our noise monitoring service will measure noises in your workplace, identify the sources that contribute to excessive noise levels, and provide you with detailed reports that enable you to understand exposure levels and sources across your business.
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