The list of services commonly available as above to Network members includes:
Advice and Practical help on Legislative Requirements
Enco offers members an advice service that covers the preparation of documentation and advice for IPPC, Local Authority Control, Water Company requirements, Eco-Label requirements, REACH legislation, Water Framework and Environmental Liability Directives etc. Enco also provides advice to members on how best to achieve compliance with various regulations and engages in negotiations with regulators to help ensure that members get the most advantageous rulings and limits applied. This work ties in closely with the Analytical service so that members can achieve compliance in a timely and orderly way at least cost. Enco is a member of a number of different industry-government committees that can be useful in providing news about environmental and industrial legislation matters at an early stage which can be passed on to members to forewarn them of up-coming changes.
Cost to members: Free (Commercial consultant costs: usually in excess of £50/hour)
Reduced cost Noise Assessments
Enco offers members a full Noise Assessment service that covers all the legal requirements of the most recent HSE legislation as well as insurance company demands.
Cost to members: £300 per site for assessment and report. (Commercial consultant costs: in excess of £1000)
Enco can also carry out preliminary environmental noise testing surveys for submission to Local Authorities.
Cost to members: Free (Commercial consultant costs: in excess of £500)
Reduced cost Audiometry testing
Enco offers a professional Audiometric testing service for employees that may be exposed to excessive noise levels. Textile companies have shown interest in such testing as most liability compensation claims in the UK are associated with occupational hearing loss. Audiometery identifies those most at risk allowing companies to protect their staff and minimise chances of liability claims.
The audiometry service is tailored to the company’s needs and is managed for the company on an on-going basis to ensure appropriate coverage of at risk employees and enabling compliance with both HSE and insurance company requirements. Costs of this personalised service are offered at a discount in comparison to other occupational health providers.
From our specialised laboratory facilities, we are able to provide a full chemical analysis service including, where appropriate, reports on the environmental impact of chemicals. These include, amongst many others:
- Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD)
- Suspended and Settleable Solids
- Oils and Greases
- Organochlorine, organophosphorus and synthetic pyrethroid pesticides
A wider range of chemical and physical tests is also available for textile substrates, effluents and other substances. These include:
- Fibres, yarns and fabrics
- Water, process liquors, effluents, leachates and sludges
- Emissions to atmosphere
- Soils and solid wastes
- Chemical raw materials
A number of other physical and chemical tests related to Fibres, Yarns, Floorcoverings, Detergents, Flame and Fire resistance, Colour Fastness, and Fabrics are available on request .
Cost to members: No more than the cost of running more complex test(s) to Enco – simpler tests are carried out for Free. Testing for standard production purposes (essentially QC) are carried out at cost. All results are accompanied by an explanation of their relevance and advice on what to do next where appropriate. Members can confer with Enco on next steps as a result of the investigations or results can be provided in certificate form for submission by the member to customers or legislators. Repeat tests can be carried out to confirm results. Sampling can be carried out by Enco staff and samples collected from the company on request with advice on how best to obtain relevant samples.
This level of service is simply not available from commercial test houses.
Reduced Cost Spirometry testing
Enco in association with Angela Madden (Madden Consulting) offers a professional Spirometry testing service for employees that may be exposed to high dust and fume levels or to substances known to effect lung function (such as Reactive Dyestuffs.) Many textile companies use lung sensitising products or have high dust levels in parts of their processes and there are liability compensation claims in the UK each year associated with lung function loss. Spirometry identifies those most at risk allowing companies to protect their staff and minimise chances of liability claims.
The spirometry service is tailored to the company’s needs and is managed for the company on an on-going basis to ensure appropriate coverage of at risk employees and enabling compliance with both HSE and insurance company requirements. Costs of this personalised service are offered at a discount in comparison to other occupational health providers.
Independent Fully Qualified Health & Safety Services
Enco, in association with Angela Madden (Madden Consulting), can carry out a full range of Health & Safety audits, Fire Risk Assessments, Workplace Risk Assessments of all sorts, specialised guidance for HSE visits and audits, specialised guidance in the event of accidents or prosecution and Health & Safety training for management and staff.
These services are offered to Network members at a significant discount in comparison to those offered by other Health & Safety providers whilst at the same time members may be assured that their health & safety work is being carried out by professionals highly experienced within the textile industry.
Waste minimisation and Waste surveys
Enco offers a comprehensive waste minimisation consultancy service to help achieve significant improvements in the reduced use of water, energy and chemicals. Enco can also carry out comprehensive studies of waste generation and disposal so that maximum use can be made of recycling to benefit the company by reduced cost or generating some income.
Cost to members: Minimisation surveys are Free. Waste generation surveys – Initial Survey (9 days) £500, follow-up monitoring Free (Commercial consultant costs – service not available unless backed by public money grant.)
Enco can carry out comprehensive environmental audits and reports, available for single processes or complete factories.
Cost to members: Free (Commercial consultant costs – estimated minimum of £1000)
Enco can carry out research, analysis and assessment of the environmental impact of specific chemicals and processes. An unusual request by Network members but has been offered in the past.
Cost to members: Free (Commercial consultant costs – estimated minimum of £3000)
Effluent Treatment Investigations
Enco offers practical advice and assistance in the effective treatment of effluent and the efficient management of liquid waste to its member companies.
Cost to members: Free for smaller projects (Commercial consultant costs – estimated minimum of £1000), negotiated price for larger projects.
Process Optimisation Studies
Maximising process efficiency reduces the environmental impact of a wide range of industrial processes; it can also result in major cost savings. As well as offering direct assistance, ENco also undertakes independent in-house research and development. This has resulted in the commercialisation of a number of extremely efficient new systems.
Cost to members: Enco staff time and laboratory effort is Free. (Commercial consultant costs – estimated time costs alone are £50 – £100 per hour.)