Emergency Management: In-depth

Friday, July 23, 2021

All organisations must have appropriate emergency response plans in place for coping during any unforeseen crisis or disaster that threatens to interrupt their normal operation. This includes emergencies caused by power cuts and fires, by adverse weather events, such as heatwaves, floods and extreme winter conditions, and those caused by serious security alerts, such as terrorism and bomb threats. Plans should be supported by effective business continuity management arrangements which cover how essential services will be maintained during a crisis and how the business will be recovered as quickly as possible afterwards.

How to ... Support Employees Through the Menopause

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Menopause is understood as the time during a woman’s life when menstruation permanently and naturally stops. Officially, it is defined as occurring when there have been no periods for 12 consecutive months and no other biological or physiological cause can be identified. Also referred to as the “change of life”, this can cause a chain reaction of physical and psychological side-effects to a woman’s body, some of which can last for a number of years. Changing hormone levels can cause issues months or even years before the menopause. This is known as the perimenopause.

Employee Factsheet: Discharge to Water

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Any discharge of chemicals, solids or even heat to a watercourse constitutes pollution. The environment has the capacity to receive small amounts of polluting material and this is controlled by authorisation from the environmental regulators, which are the Environment Agency in England, Natural Resources Wales, the Northern Ireland Environment Agency and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency.

Discharge to Water: In-depth

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Effluents resulting from non-domestic activities (trade effluents) may be discharged to the sewerage system or in some circumstances directly to inland freshwaters, coastal waters or territorial waters. In Scotland, water bodies subject to regulation are described as the water environment. Planned discharges are regulated using authorisations (eg environmental permits or discharge consents) issued by the environmental regulators or water companies. The authorisations will contain conditions, eg maximum concentrations of polluting substances. Standalone discharges to water, and discharges to sewer, are covered by different legislative regimes, however where a discharge to sewer forms part of a wider operation, this activity may be covered by the relevant authorisation.

Discharge to Water Policy

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

In England and Wales, discharges to inland freshwater, coastal water, groundwater and relevant territorial waters are regulated under the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016 (EPR).

Discharge to Water: Quick Facts

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Water pollution incidents can be the subject of criminal prosecutions under the Environmental Permitting Regulations 2010, the Water Environment (Controlled Activities) (Scotland) Regulations 2011 (CAR) in Scotland and the Water (Northern Ireland) Order 1999. Regulated Water Bodies