The Directors of Bath Property Maintenance Ltd recognise that the day to day operations of the organisation can have an effect on the local, regional and global environment. We aim to protect and where possible improve the environment through good management and by adopting best practice whenever possible. We will work to integrate environmental considerations into our business decisions and adopt greener alternatives wherever possible, throughout our operations.
In order to meet the above objectives, we will:
- Ensure that all staff are trained in our environmental management policy and given guidance in its implementation.
- As a consequence of this, the management are committed to continuous improvements in environmental performance and the prevention of pollution. Chris Kille is responsible for the implementation and monitoring of this environmental policy.
- In the event of an emergency, operatives will use the emergency procedure outlined in the method statement provided for the works. All operatives will attend regular emergency operating training sessions. Operatives will be provided with all tools and equipment necessary to control and remove hazardous waste materials in the event of a spill.
- Current environmental regulations, laws and codes of practice will be regarded as setting the minimum standards of environmental performance.
- Legislation relevant to our work activities such as the Controlled Waste Regulations 2012 and the Environment Act 1995 will be detailed within a regularly updated database. The environmental manager will use environment agency legislation email updates in addition to the assistance of environmental consultants to maintain up to date knowledge of environmental legislation.
- Implement measures to help the business and its employees to use ‘green transport’, for example, providing facilities for cyclists, encouraging car sharing, and encouraging the use of public transport by providing information on local routes.
- Dispose of all waste in a responsible manner, ensuring that we always comply with the Duty of Care Regulations. We will ensure we hold an up to date waste carrier’s license & that we issue waste transfer notes when required. Any services used for the storage or disposal of waste will be checked to ensure that appropriate licences are held.
- If any notice or prosecution related to a breach of environmental legislation is served against the business by the Environment Agency, a local authority, or another regulatory body, we will immediately notify Exor Management Services and provide full details of the incident.
- Attempt to reduce or eliminate the use of ozone depleting chemicals (CFC, Halon, 1.1.1 Trichloroethane, HCFC), tropical hardwood from forests which have not been independently certified as sustainable, pesticides on the U.K. ‘red list’ or EC ‘black list, and peat for soil amelioration purposes.
- Try, where possible, to use suppliers who are willing to take away packaging for re-use or recycling and will consider the environmental impact of any purchases.
- Reduce the energy and water consumption of the business and minimise CO2 emissions. We will invest in the improved energy efficiency of products we use and investigate environmentally safe and sustainable energy sources.
- Ensure that dust, noise and odour do not cause a nuisance to the community surrounding the place of business or site on which we are working.
- Try to reduce waste production and carry out recycling as much as possible. All waste will be sorted & segregated at the office such as that the maximum amount of waste possible is reused or recycled. We have safe and environmentally friendly storage facilities at our office and within each operative vehicle for spent building materials, chemicals and rubbish.
- In the office environment, paper will be used sensibly, with measures to re-use and recycle waste paper, and the increased use of electronic communication to reduce the need for paper use.
- Ensure that no polluting matter enters surface waters or groundwater, will obtain permission before discharging any contaminated water, and before commencing any works we will check the area for endangered species, protected plant species, trees subject to a Tree Preservation Order, and protected archaeology.
- The mileage and maintenance records of all vehicles will be documented
- All vehicles in the company fleet are all fitted with trackers & fuel purchases are made with cards connected to an online database. This data will be used to measure fuel efficiency.
- Use the journey planning module of our service management software to optimise fuel use & efficiency.
- Try to use sub-contractors and suppliers who comply with the requirements of our environmental management policy, and will help sub-contractors and suppliers to comply with environmental laws and regulations as much as possible.
- Use our environmental complaints procedure to process all complaints. A report will be written outlining the causes of the complaint, our response & how we will avoid its reoccurrence.
- Environmental objectives and targets will be reviewed and set during the annual environmental management meeting. Environmental complaints or accidents, significant changes in the company’s work process, including the acquisition of new contracts or the use of new sub-contractors will also result in a review session of all environmental objectives and targets.
- All staff will receive environmental training including but not limited to the following:
a. General environmental awareness for all employees.
b. Waste separation and storage for all site operatives, including the safe and environmentally friendly storage, handling, fitting and disposal of chemicals and spent building materials and rubbish
c. Office environmental procedural training for all office staff.
d. Accident and emergency training including details of the fire procedure, spill response procedure & service failure for site supervisors.
e. Toolbox Talks for site operatives prior to interacting with any specific environmental issue or hazard.
Signature of senior management confirming endorsement of the policy:
Chris Kille, Director
Date Modified: 2019-08-15