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IOSH MS 17/5/13 07/06/13 07/06/13 Houghton Regis
CIEH COSHH 28/05/13 28/05/13 07/06/13 Redhill
SMSTS Refresher 29/05/13 30/05/13 30/05/13 Milton Keynes
NEBOSH GEN 30/05/13 01/08/13 06/09/13 Pure
CIEH COSHH 02/06/13 02/05/13 02/06/13 Milton Keynes
CIEH R/A 07/06/13 07/06/13 07/06/13 Pure
CIEH Manual Handling 19/06/13 19/06/13 19/06/13 Milton Keynes
NEBOSH Gen 08/07/13 19/08/13 06/09/13 Milton Keynes
SMSTS 22/07/13 27/07/13 27/07/13 Pure
SMSTS Refresher 25/07/13 26/07/13 26/07/13 Milton Keynes
NEBOSH FIRE (FC1 +FC2) 01/10/13 29/10/13 06/12/13 Milton Keynes
NEBOSH CONST’ 07/10/13 31/11/13 31/11/13 Pure

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Acorn EHS Deliver UKATA Accredited Asbestos Awareness Course

Acorn Environmental Health and Safety Ltd (Acorn EHS) have successfully delivered the UKATA Asbestos Awareness Course in Swindon and Rugby.

Well done to all the delegates who attended.

If you would like more information on our UKATA accredited Asbestos Awareness Courses please call us on 0333 456 0999 or click here

AcornEHS deliver CDM-C and Site Safety for Nexus Business Centre Swindon

Acorn Environmental Health and Safey Ltd (AcornEHS)  are currently delivering Consrtuction Design and Management Services for Nexus Business Centre Swindon as they further develop thier serviced offices due to  additional requirements for new tenants. Nexus offer believe that a 21st century businesses never stands still. As businesses grow, change shape, develop new needs – or even go virtual, Nexus aim to meet thier needs, that’s why they have created prestigious easy-in, easy-out office space and semi-serviced leased space that suits thier clients business needs now – as well as any changes they may want to make in the future.

Acorn Environmental Health and Safey Ltd (AcornEHS) are part of this process supporting Nexus Business Centre Swindon during thier construction phases by offering CDM Co-ordinator services as required by the The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007  and site safety advice during the projects build through to final completion and handover.

Toilet Pollution Killed 300 Fish

Toilet pollution killed 300 fish

Posted Mon, 25 Mar

Effluent from a chemical toilet polluted a tributary of the River Avon, killing 300 fish, a court heard.

Orchid Investments Ltd was fined £16,000 after admitting causing the pollution of the Gran Brook tributary at Long Marston Airfield near Stratford-upon-Avon without having an environmental permit. Leamington Magistrates’ Court heard the firm was supplying sanitation services for the annual Bulldog Bash event in August 2011.

Effluent would normally have been contained in sealed plastic holding tanks before being taken to a sewage treatment works, magistrates heard. But on this occasion effluent was contained in a ‘lagoon-type’ cutting within the watercourse, which the company assumed was lined, resulting in it being discharged straight into Gran Brook.

Speaking on behalf of the Environment Agency, which prosecuted the firm under the Environmental Permitting Regulations, solicitor Sheila Abrahams said there was significant pollution of the tributary.

The court heard the company had expressed remorse for the incident and pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity, cooperating fully with the agency and taking steps to ensure the incident was not repeated. The firm was also ordered to pay £9,367 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

Following the case Kate Grimsditch, the officer who led the investigation, said the agency would not hesitate to prosecute when regulations designed to protect rivers and watercourses were disregarded.

Copyright Press Association 2013


AcornEHS win new contract with Horsham Football Club

Acorn Environmental Health and Safety, have recently been appointed by Horsham Football Club to carry out a full audit of thier Health and Safety Management System. The club is safety conscious and as such would like to develop thier safety management system ensuring best practice for the volunteers and supportters of match days. If you would like help with your safety management sytem or require safety training please contact us.

Firms fined for asbestos exposure risk at scrap yard and naval training base

A number of workers and Royal Navy personnel were exposed to asbestos after pipes lined with the dangerous material were left on a roadside before being put in an open skip and transferred to a salvage yard, a court has heard.

The pipes, lined with asbestos insulation, were removed from HMS Sultan naval training base in Gosport in September 2009 as part of works to replace a hot water system.

Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court was told today (20 March) that Southampton-based VT Flagship Ltd was responsible for the works as the main contractor for the HMS Sultan site.

The company contracted Hertfordshire-based PPSL District Energy Limited to remove the pipes and associated materials before PPSL in turn employed a local welding firm and pipe fitter to undertake the work.

Magistrates heard that the old pipes were stacked by the side of the road at the base before they were placed in an open metal recycling skip and transferred to Demolition and Salvage Ltd in Hilsea.

The salvage firm contacted the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) on 20 October 2009 after discovering their premises was contaminated with asbestos from the pipes.

A subsequent HSE investigation identified that both VT Flagship and PPSL had failed to identify the presence of asbestos in the pipes as a result of inaccurate assumptions and failures to undertake thorough checks and surveys.

HSE also established that employees from both companies, as well as workers from the salvage yard, the welder and pipe fitter sub-contracted by PPSL plus anyone in the vicinity of the contaminated pipes, including passing Navy personnel, could justly be deemed ‘at risk’ to asbestos exposure.

The insulation material should have been properly identified and safely removed and disposed of by a licensed asbestos removal specialist.

PPSL District Energy Limited, of Boxwell Road, Berkhamstead, Herts, was fined a total of £18,000 and ordered to pay £4,291 in costs after pleading guilty to two breaches of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006.

VT Flagship Ltd, of Grange Drive, Hedge End, Southampton, was fined £12,000 with costs of £5,196 after also pleading guilty to a single breach of the same legislation.

After the hearing HSE Inspector Adam Wycherley said:

“Before anyone undertakes any demolition or refurbishment works they must take appropriate steps to ensure they have reliable information regarding the materials they are dealing with, an essential requirement that is specifically in place to identify the presence of asbestos.

“VT Flagship and PPSL District Energy both failed in this regard. They wrongly assumed there was no asbestos without carrying out proper checks to back that up with hard evidence.

“As a result a number of workers for several different companies, as well as passing Navy personnel, were put at unnecessary risk. Anyone walking past the pipes could have inhaled fibres as they became airborne, and they posed a major contamination hazard.

“Thousands of people die every year as a result of asbestos-related disease, and duty holders cannot afford to take any chances or make assumptions.”

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