Independent Safety Services Ltd is an independent company that provides impartial consultancy without prejudice or conflict of interests. We pride ourselves in employing highly qualified and respected professional consultants with the ability to deliver a comprehensive service to our clients.
We offer a range of tailored services to both UK and international clients in the fields of health and safety, environment, healthcare waste management, dangerous goods safety advisor services (DGSA) and transportation safety.
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Pre-acceptance Waste Audits
Independent Safety Services Limited has been conducting pre-acceptance audits on behalf of both waste producers and waste contractors for several years. The format and subsequent report that ISSL has developed for pre-acceptance waste audits has been recognised as meeting the stringent requirements of S5 07 (version 1.1) and Safe Management Healthcare Waste (2012). Furthermore, the structure of the reports allows organisations to easily identify where actions are required and prioritise them accordingly. This has been crucial in the development of action plans in order to address areas of non compliance in a timely manner.
Why do we need to do it?
All waste producers have a statutory Duty of Care to ensure that the waste they produce, handle, treat, dispose and transport is done so safely. Under the Duty of Care, producers must provide the person who is collecting the waste with the required information to ensure they are authorised to accept and treat the waste. The Duty of care also requires waste producers to provide the waste contractor with information on the quantity of waste, the EWC codes, how it is packed and the constituents and types of waste.
The Environment Agency produced a guide for waste producers and waste contractors to enable them to discharge their legal duties. This document is called Clinical Waste EPR5 07 (version 1.1) and outlines the waste producers’ and waste contractors’ responsibility for monitoring and controlling waste. It also gives clear audit criteria and the frequency the audits are to be undertaken.
Waste Pre-Acceptance – What is it?
Procedures undertaken prior to the delivery of the waste to the disposal site, to determine the composition of the waste by audit of original waste producer. It provides the waste contractor with information and checks to ensure that their waste treatment facility can safely dispose of the waste and therefore, meet its pre-acceptance criteria.
How Frequently do I need to audit my site?
Frequency of the audit and the information required depends on the volume of clinical waste produced annually and the type of waste producer. The table below gives an indication of the timescales and frequency of audits.
Frequency of Pre-acceptance audits for waste producers
|Producer||Volume of waste||Initial audit to be completed by:||Frequency of audit after initial audit completed|
|**All healthcare providers||≥ 5 tonnes/annum||November 2011||Initial audit should be of entire hospital/site. Thereafter if results of audit show compliance hospital/site can audit 1/3 of premises including high risk areas on a 12 month rolling regime. If non compliant whole site will require re-auditing.|
|Higher Risk Waste Producers Dentists, Vets, Research laboratories||≤ 5 tonnes/annum||March 2012||Audit of entire site. Thereafter audit entire site every 2 years|
|Lower Risk Waste Producers Other medical practices engaged in general practice consultation and treatment in the field of general and specialised medicine by GP’s, medical specialists and surgeons.(SIC 2003 85.12)||≤ 5 tonnes/annum||1st July 2011||Entire site every 5 years|
|Other medical practices not involving hospitals or practising medical doctors, including paramedical practitioners legally recognised to treat patients. (SIC 2003 85.14)||≤ 5 tonnes/annum||1st July 2012||Entire site every 5 years|
|Community Pharmacies||≤ 5 tonnes/annum||1st July 2013||Entire site every 5 years|
|Care Homes nursing or medical||≤ 5 tonnes/annum||1st July 2013||Entire site every 5 years|
|Any healthcare waste producer not wholly or partially encompassed by the above||≤ 5 tonnes/annum||1st July 2012||Entire site every 5 years|
The carriage of dangerous goods is a complex and strictly regulated operation.
Carriers and Consignors (senders) of dangerous goods are required by the Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment Regulations 2009, as amended, to appoint an examination qualified Dangerous Goods Safety Advisor (DGSA).
Independent Safety Services Limited acts as DGSA for numerous organisations throughout the UK. These include NHS Trusts, universities, private sector, veterinarians, packaging manufacturers and haulage firms.
We offer a comprehensive solution to all dangerous goods transportation issues, including radioactive and infectious materials, and high consequence dangerous goods (including but not limited to UN2814, UN2900 and UN3549).
Full dangerous goods advisory services include:
- Comprehensive auditing of all dangerous goods related activities
- Completion of legally required annual reports
- Contractor auditing
- Advice on development of new products designed to carry dangerous goods
- Assistance with reportable incidents concerning dangerous goods
- Development of dangerous goods policies and procedures
- Provide organisations with updates on relevant legislation and best practice
- Provide a 24 hour helpline service, 365 days a year
- DGSA, ADR and ‘general awareness training and implementation
These services are offered by Independent Safety Services Limited and their sister company Peak HSE (www.peakhse.co.uk).
Our team are fully qualified, professional and experienced consultants with extensive practical experience in a range of business sectors and organisations.
The effective management of environmental aspects and issues is a key strategic & operational goal for many organisations. This is often governed by the requirements of ISO14001:2015. Whilst the Standard is not a legal requirement the implementation and maintenance of a working environmental management system (EMS) is often required under permits or licences to operate. Being able to demonstrate competence, compliance, and control is the root of environmental responsibility and a management system provides the proof you will require.
Whether the main aim of an organisation is legal compliance, best practice or simply cost saving we can offer expert support and guidance. We are committed to developing systems and giving advice that are both practical and proportionate to the organisation’s risk and goals. Developing robust management systems with specialist support as required will help protect the environment and your organisation.
Areas in which we can offer support and guidance are as follows:
Environmental Management Systems
- ISO 14001:2015 gap analysis auditing based on the BSI language of conformance and corrective action
- Management systems development and maintenance
- Legal Registers and compliance evaluation
- Aspects and Impacts Registers and environmental risk (life-cycle analysis)
- Permit awareness – air, water and waste
- Discharge contents
- Compliance audits
- Segregation advice
- Duty of Care audits
- Permit awareness – your obligations and those of your suppliers
- ISO 14001:2015 lead auditors available to audit your operation
- Support from experienced auditors post external audits to address corrective actions or major/minor non-conformances
Permit Applications and Variations
- Technical support for your applications for an array of permitted activities from MCPs to full bespoke operations
- Waste exemptions
- Managing an environmental incident: first responses, their powers and your rights
- Investigation: gathering information, legal privilege, the criminal process
- Liaison with the Regulator: responsible operators
- Mitigation and corrective action plans
Our range of transportation safety services has been developed to support a wide range of businesses.
Transportation Safety Services
Retained Health and Safety Consultancy
The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations place a specific duty on employers to provide and maintain health and safety advisory support within their business to ensure best practice and safe working environments.
Independent Safety Services Limited provides a bespoke consultancy service to businesses that do not have their own internal safety professional or for larger companies which have their own safety support but need additional assistance.
The standard retained service agreement includes an initial Health and Safety audit on management systems, process controls and site performance. The retained service specification will detail the services available.
Waste Management Consultancy
Waste management can be a complex issue. Our consultants can offer advice on resource efficiency and management of a wide range of wastes, from recycling to hazardous chemicals. Independent Safety Services Limited has a proven track record for supplying high quality consultancy to the healthcare sector and has been delivering waste management and dangerous goods services to healthcare providers since 2001. Clients include hospitals, primary care trusts, mental health institutions, prison services, teaching hospitals and medical research laboratories.
Providing a ‘one stop shop’ for comprehensive auditing, training and consultancy services, our team of specialist consultants have expertise in the field of healthcare waste including research and operational experience. In addition to their healthcare waste expertise, all our consultants are exam qualified Dangerous Goods Safety Advisers (DGSA) and are DBS checked.
They are aware of the legislation that affects the management and movement of waste including:
- environment and waste legislation
- health and safety legislation
- transport legislation (Road, Rail, Air & Sea)
We have an established relationship in the United Kingdom with the National Health Service (NHS) as well as the private sector and have experience undertaking work internationally.
As a company we offer round the clock advice and support for our clients. All our advice is totally independent as we have no affiliations to any specific suppliers of services to the industry. As independent advisers we are able to advise on the most appropriate transport, packaging and waste disposal services without conflict of interest or commercial gain.