Darcy Group offers a wide range of products and services to cater for a variety of industries

All industries have the potential to pollute the environment

Any site that handles liquids is at risk of a spill causing a pollution incident.

Drums can be pierced by forklift s, packaging could split meaning the contents leaks, machinery can break, or liquid storage tanks could fail.

Being aware of the potential sources of a spill can help you to prepare so you can respond quickly.

Potential causes of a pollution incident:

  • Loading or unloading of deliveries
  • Improper storage of liquids in cans, drums or bottles
  • Decanting of liquids
  • Faulty or broken machinery
  • Vandalism
  • Containment vessel failure
  • Accidents when transporting liquids
  • Refuelling
  • Poor maintenance
  • Untrained, negligent or distracted staff

The impact on the company and environment can be catastrophic

Environmental Impact

Spills can have long term effects on the environment if they are not contained. Within a short time even a small spill can impact on miles of the surrounding environment.

Spilt substances are oft en toxic to the natural habitat and countering these eff ect can take many years.

Company Costs

Spills can prove costly for the organisation concerned.

They result in loss of stock, productivity, wasted resources and negative publicity. There is also costs associated with the spill response, either in hiring an external company or the staff and products required to clean up internally.

Fines

If you or your company are convicted as a result of a spill the penalties could result in unlimited fines. Fines are calculated based on the profitability and size of the company and the damage caused by the spill.


Reduce your risks

Understanding your environmental risk is key to ensuring legal compliance and minimising the potential for pollution. A pollution incident may result in regulatory action and considerable costs in fines and spill clean up.

We specialise in site assessments with a view to minimising your spill risk. A site survey typically covers the following areas:

1. Storing and handling oils, chemicals and other potentially hazardous materials

  • A visual assessment of the condition of liquid storage containers, location and applicable secondary containment systems.
  • A review of materials handling and storage procedures.

2. Waste and wastewater management

  • An assessment of waste/wastewater management, storage and disposal.
  • Advice on improved environmental security and compliance.

3. Site drainage

  • Drains provide a primary pathway for contaminants to leave site and migrate into the environment. It is therefore critical to environmental security that a full understanding of the site drainage is achieved.

4. Dealing with pollution emergencies

  • A review of existing Emergency Response Plans for dealing with pollution caused by hazardous and non-hazardous liquid spills and those caused by fire and flood.

5. Spill pathway analysis

  • A risk assessment of where spills are most likely to occur, the pathway the liquid will follow and the final receptor.

6. Spill response equipment

  • An assessment of the current location of spill response equipment including kits, absorbents and drain blockers.
  • Identification of the correct type of absorbent and size of spill kit in the optimum location for spill containment, control and clean up.