Disposing of lateral flow tests

30 March 2021

Please can you confirm that it is acceptable to dispose of Covid lateral flow tests in the general waste, if they are used as part of a large-scale workplace testing programme? A friend working in healthcare has told us that these tests are classified as healthcare waste.

Communication with employees on return to work

24 March 2021

With more employees returning to the workplace as Covid restrictions are eased, we want to ensure that we provide them with the most appropriate information. Could you outline what information we should be communicating to employees?

Biggest environment fines of 2020

16 March 2021

Which environmental offences attract the biggest fines? Is there any difference between a fine and an enforcement undertaking?

Coronavirus — the Government’s furlough scheme

5 March 2021

I may have to lay off a significant number of my staff as a result of the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus. I understand that I can obtain financial help from the Government. Can you summarise the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention (“Furlough”) Scheme for me?

Low-level asbestos waste

2 March 2021

As part of the refurbishment of a Victorian industrial building, we are cleaning and reusing many of the original roof tiles. During the 1980s these were coated with a bitumen-based substance to prolong the life of the roof. We were dismayed when samples of the coating were found to contain low levels of asbestos.

Fortunately, the concentration is too low to bring the work within the asbestos licensing regime. The laboratory has also told us that the material is not notifiable. Does this mean that we can dispose of the waste with the rest of the construction waste from the site, or does it have to be dealt with separately?

Face shield v face covering

23 February 2021

Employees are required to wear face coverings due to the nature of their work. An employee has asked if they can use a face shield rather than a face covering. Is this allowed?

Waste Duty of Care Scotland v England

15 February 2021

Are there differences in the Waste Duty of Care between Scotland and England? And, if we are registered as a waste carrier in Scotland, can we transport waste across the border?

Improving Covid-secure behaviour

10 February 2021

We regularly review concerns raised by employees and other stakeholders in respect of the Covid-secure measures we are adopting. Most concerns relate to how individuals are behaving, ie not following the measures required. What can we do to improve behaviour?

Waste shipments plan

29 January 2021

What changes have been introduced to the legislation on international shipments of waste?