Environmental Risk Audits

Understand your sites risks, what could be affected and the likely impact

Why do I need Adler and Allan environmental risk audits?

  • All businesses have a legal duty to prevent pollution from occurring
  • Businesses must demonstrate that risks on a site have been reduced as low as reasonably practicable (ALARP)
  • Requirement of all guidance and best practice (GPP and former PPG documents; CIRIA C736, Energy Institute guidelines) and regulations (especially Scotland and Northern Ireland)
  • Specific requirement for COMAH and environmental permitted establishments
  • Demonstrates effective environmental risk management for ISO accreditations
  • Specific requirement from other stakeholders (financial institutions, insurance, etc) and shareholders
  • Informs incident response plans to make them more effective
  • Reduce risk of operational downtime, fines and reputational damage

Why Adler and Allan?

  • We have over 140 consultants bringing with them over 1000 years of combined experience
  • We have seen the impact when things go wrong! We have handled with 30,000 incidents across a variety of sectors
  • We have done environmental surveys for over 250 oil depots/terminals and 100 forecourts, as well as over 500 other sites including logistics, plant hire, motorway service stations, energy distribution facilities and telecommunications
  • CDOIF Guidance explicitly states ‘When completing an environmental risk assessment there is a need to ensure that relevant competent resources are used throughout the process. In the context of this guidance, it is likely that environmental specialists will be involved with the identification of potential Major Accidents to the Environment (MATTEs), and in determining the thresholds that should apply to those receptors around the establishment

What is involved?

  • Desk study
  • Site walkover / inspection
  • Discussions with site staff
  • Assesses potential risks from historic contamination and potential future pollution
  • Identifies pollution prevention recommendations
  • Populate Environmental Risk Management Tool

The law says:

Pollution Prevention Guidelines

PPG 1 (Understanding your environmental responsibilities) “You should understand your premises and how your activities could affect the environment and cause pollution. Think about what pollution linkages you have” and “Managing risks gives you peace of mind and maximises your chances of running a successful business.”

PPG 3 (Separators) “You will need to consider the local circumstances and risk factors including; the discharge point of your proposed separator; the environmental sensitivity of your location; activities on your site.”

PPG7 Section 2 (Operation of Refuelling Facilities) “Carry out a pollution risk assessment for your site. Assess the risk your site could pose to the environment and how you can develop, implement and maintain a system to reduce that risk.”

Guidance for Pollution Prevention

GPP 21 Section 2 (incident response plans) “You should identify all the potential risks to the environment from the materials, processes and activities on your site.”

Other guidance

CIRIA C736 (Containment System Design) “A risk assessment provides a transparent and objective means of assessing the likelihood and consequences of a loss of containment based on the source pathway receptor model. The outcome of the assessment will aid the development of an holistic containment strategy based on the hazard posed by the inventory to be stored or moved within the site, and the sensitivity of potential receptors should a spillage occur.”

Energy Institute (Guidelines on environmental management for facilities storing bulk quantities of petroleum, petroleum products and other fuels) “The need for good environmental management is a requirement for sustainable operation of facilities storing bulk quantities of petroleum, petroleum products and other fuels. Moreover, actions to reduce the release of hydrocarbons to the environment can also lead to improvements in safety performance, working conditions for employees and more cost-effective operations.”

Oil Storage Regulations (Scotland) “All premises must comply with regulations including oil depots (exempt in England and Wales). If they don’t comply with GBR28 there is a need to undertaken a risk assessment to determine if risk is as low as reasonably practicable and if an improvement plan is necessary.”

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