Questions and Answers

Cycling to work

3 December 2018

Many of our employees have expressed an interest in cycling to work. How can we fully support this need?

Legal requirements for waste containers

27 November 2018

Following a waste audit we are investing in new bins so that more waste streams can be segregated for recycling and recovery. There are a bewildering number of bins and containers on the market for different types of waste such as batteries, food waste and cans. Are there any basic legal requirements regarding waste containers?

Building site nuisances

27 November 2018

Is noise from a construction site accepted as inevitable by local authorities, or are there legal restrictions on the amount of noise that can be generated?

Energy Performance Certificates

20 November 2018

Who needs an Energy Performance Certificate?

Disposal of sand

20 November 2018

One of our processes involves using ultra high-pressure water and sand. The cake sand that is left, which is non-hazardous, is currently sent to landfill. A local farmer would like to use the cake sand around his farm, for filling holes, compacting floors in cattle sheds, providing grip on slippery surfaces, etc. If we were to send the sand to the farmer, would it still be considered as waste, and if so, what controls would need to be put in place?

Definition of controlled waste

20 November 2018

What exactly is controlled waste? Does this categorisation affect commercial waste producers or is it just a matter for local authorities?

COSHH and waste categories

13 November 2018

I am currently drawing up a Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) assessment for our workplace. Which categories of waste are regarded as “hazardous to health” for the purposes of COSHH? Is it just those wastes that require a hazardous waste consignment note?

Radon levels

13 November 2018

We operate a gas-fired power station. A colleague has raised the possibility that radon in the natural gas could contaminate the filter cartridges used in gas scrubbing. Is this true, and if so, would the levels be high enough to constitute a hazard to our staff? Also, would the cartridges qualify as radioactive or hazardous waste when we dispose of them? The radon levels in the gas we use are listed as 2–80 Bq/m3 at the source — this is prior to scrubbing.

Contaminated land

13 November 2018

We have recently been informed that the land on which our premises is built may be contaminated. Our activities have not contributed in any way to this contamination: as the landowner, could we still be liable for clean-up costs?

Carrier bags

6 November 2018

As a small retailer, are we obliged to charge for all our carrier bags? If so, do we have to send the proceeds to HMRC?