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The Environmental Protection Act 1990

Harvey Environmental Services provides a range of disposal services in accordance with the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

This act places a legal “Duty of Care”, upon you and your organisation, to ensure that all waste produced on your premises is correctly managed right up to the point of final disposal.

You must take all reasonable steps to ensure that:

  • Your waste disposal contractors are registered waste carriers.
  • Final disposal is carried out according to the legal requirements, and at a licensed landfill or incineration facility.
  • Your waste contractors have comprehensive and efficient tracking and monitoring systems in place to ensure that all waste is tracked, accounted for, and disposed of correctly and safely.
  • A full Audit Trail of documentation is in place.

Failure to comply with the regulations could be an extremely costly oversight. Indeed, a breach of the Duty of Care is a criminal offence, punishable by a fine of up to £2000 on summary conviction, or an unlimited fine on conviction or indictment.

If you are unsure of your position in relation to the correct disposal of waste or environmental health and safety, then please contact us.

We provide all clients with the necessary Duty of Care documentation. This is free of charge, and will certify that your waste is being handled, transported and disposed of in the correct manner and in accordance with the law. Waste Notes are a legal requirement, and should be retained for a period of 2 years.

Harvey Environmental Services is a registered Waste Carrier with the Environment Agency.

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    The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992

    These regulations place a legal requirement on employers to provide appropriate facilities for their employees at the place of work:

    Sanitary Disposal

    Regulation 21 of the Approved Code of Practice, in the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992, advises that :
    in the case of water closets used by women, suitable means should be provided for the disposal of sanitary dressings

    This Regulation is further supported by the Water Industries Act 1991, which states that no items should be flushed that could cause a blockage within the sewer or drain.

    Notwithstanding the legal requirements, you can help prevent having to meet the high cost of unblocking drains by employing Harvey Environmental to provide sanitary disposal services to your organisation.

    Air Freshening and Fragrancing

    The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992, state that suitable
    means should be taken to prevent odours from lingering in and from entering into other rooms

    The Airoma Automatic fragrancing unit supplied by ourselves can be used in conjunction with our Air Cleaning Systems to help you meet these requirements.

    Air Cleaning Units

    Regulation 25 of the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 states that
    rest rooms and rest areas shall include suitable arrangements to protect non-smokers from the discomfort caused by tobacco smoke

    The Prozone units available from ourselves will help combat any malodour problems, and when used in conjunction with the Airoma fragrancing units will create a clean and pleasantly fragranced atmosphere

    Soap Dispensing

    You have a legal obligation to provide hand cleaning facilities in your washrooms. Regulation 21 of the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 states that washing facilities “… must include soap or other suitable means of cleaning

    We have a range of soap dispensing units and a range of hand cleaning products to suit all hand care and cleaning needs.

    Water Management Systems

    Water By-Law 83 states that every pipe that supplies water to a flushing system or a trough used for flushing a urinal shall be fitted with:

    • either a flow shut-off device controlled by a time switch and a lockable shut-off valve,
    • or some other equally effective automatic device or method for regulating the periods during which the cistern or trough may fill.

    By fitting the Sensaflush System from ourselves, up to 85% savings are possible when compared to unmanaged urinals.

    Warm Air Hand and Face Dryers

    You are required by law to provide hand drying facilities in your washrooms. Regulation 21 of the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 states that washing facilities “must include towels or other suitable means of drying

    Harvey Environmental offer a range of warm air hand and face dryer options to suit all budgets and match any décor.

    Paper Systems

    Not only do you have an obligation to provide hand drying facilities (see above), but Regulation 21 of the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992, further states that in the case of water closets “toilet paper in a holder or dispenser … should be provided

    Naturally, we have a range of hand and toilet tissue paper and dispensers that will suit any requirement

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    “Harvey’s knowledge of our industry and the importance of pest control at all stages of running a pub or restaurant makes them stand out.”

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    “Martin and the team at Harvey Environmental Service know they’re doing! I would recommend them 100%.”


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