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If your process is subject to an environmental permit or you need to understand what your stacks are emitting, then accurate, independent, accredited emissions testing is essential.

With a wide range of environmental legislation to comply with, it's crucial that you are fully aware of your environmental obligations in ensuring permit compliance and also to ensure that the regulatory body is satisfied.

Exova Catalyst are able to provide specific on-site training in a range of subjects, including:

BS EN 14181

Operator Monitoring Awareness (OMA)

Permit awareness

Manual handling


BS EN 14181

If your site operates under BS EN 14181, then the installed Continuous Emission Monitoring (CEM) must be subject to parallel measurements with comparable MCERTS certified equipment.

To ensure any testing carried out conforms to the stringent requirements of BS EN 14181, the operator must have a thorough understanding of the standard.

As BS EN 14181 is technically demanding, our experts are happy to provide an on-site training course detailing all the aspects of the standard, including how to interpret the QAL2 report and QAL3 control charts.

By the end of the one-day training course, you will be fully aware of the structured approach taken in conducting monitoring fully in compliance with BS EN 14181, and thereby ensuring that the reports are approved by the regulator, first time, every time.

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Operator monitoring

The EA introduced Operator Monitoring Assessment (OMA) in 2001 to strengthen its auditing of operators' self-monitoring arrangements. This applied initially to the monitoring of emissions to air from industrial installations regulated under the Environmental Permitting Regulations (EPR). OMA has since been extended to discharges to controlled water (including public sewers and groundwater) from EPR installations.

The EA use the OMA scheme to:

  • assess the quality and reliability of operators‟ self-monitoring (including monitoring undertaken on behalf of operators by contractors) as required by their permit
  • identify monitoring shortfalls and potential areas for improvementps
  • review the monitoring conditions in the permit

OMA audits are carried out by the Environment Agency (EA) at least every 4 years, although sooner if the EA deems.

We can provide two types of training course, depending upon your specific requirements, the first being an in-depth training course based upon the EA document Background knowledge for EPR Operators, Operator Monitoring Assessment.

This course is based upon the EA syllabus consisting of:

  • Introduction to major pollutants
  • Legislation and Guidance
  • Technical Guidance Notes
  • Principles of monitoring
  • Health and safety requirements
  • Designing the monitoring programme
  • Choice of sampling location and timing
  • Overview of equipment operation and sampling procedures
  • Review of results and reporting requirements
  • Auditing the monitoring team
  • OMA

Alternatively, we can attend site and conduct a pre-OMA audit and assessment of your current monitoring procedures and arrangements. We will then provide you with the necessary guidance to implement any areas for improvement highlighted.

If you would like further information on our OMA training course, please Contact Us and we will get back to you with additional details.

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Permit awareness

If your site or process is regulated by the Environment Agency (EA), National Resources Wales (NRW), Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA), Ireland’s Environmental Protection Agency (Irish EPA) or the Local Authority, then you will be required to comply with your Permit.

The EA regulates, under the PPC element of the Environmental Permitting Regulations (EPR), what are considered to be potentially the most polluting of the three industrial categories, A(1) activities. These are regulated for emissions to air, land, water and other environmental considerations.

Within your Permit, there are numerous obligations and requirements that must be complied with. Although, they may not be as obvious as normal routine compliance monitoring or the day-to-day recording of Continuous Emission Monitoring System (CEMS) data, such as site closure plans and energy consideration.

This one day course, presented on-site, will ensure that you understand the importance of all aspects of Permit compliance, and you fully comply with all your Permit requirements, including annual and periodic reporting to the EA.

If you would like further information on our Permit Awareness training course, please Contact Us and we will get back to you with additional details.

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Manual handling

The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992, as amended in 2002 (‘the Regulations’), apply to a wide range of manual handling activities, including lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling or carrying. The load may be either animate, such as a person or an animal, or inanimate, such as a box or a trolley.

Incorrect manual handling is one of the most common causes of injury at work. It causes work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) which account for over a third of all workplace injuries.

Manual handling injuries can happen anywhere people are at work – on farms and building sites, in factories, offices, warehouses, hospitals, banks, laboratories, and while making deliveries. Heavy manual labour, awkward postures, manual materials handling, and previous or existing injury are all risk factors in developing MSDs.

Taking the action described in our on-site training course will help prevent these injuries and is likely to be cost effective. But you can’t prevent all MSDs, so it is still essential to encourage early reporting of symptoms.

Consider the risks from manual handling to the health and safety of your employees – this course will help you to do this. If there are risks, the Regulations apply.

Consult and involve the workforce. Your employees and their representatives know first hand what the risks in the workplace are. They can probably offer practical solutions to controlling them.

The Regulations require employers to:

  • avoid the need for hazardous manual handling, so far as is reasonably practicable,
  • assess the risk of injury from any hazardous manual handling that can’t be avoided,
  • reduce the risk of injury from hazardous manual handling, so far as is reasonably practicable.

By the end of the training course, you will be fully aware of the Regulations and how to apply them in your business and ensure that you protect your most valuable asset, your employees. If you would like further information on our Manual Handling training course, please Contact Us and we will get back to you with additional details.

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