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Environmental Policy

It is the aim of Milestone to provide the highest quality of Health, Safety and Environment standards for its employees and others who may be directly affected by work and associated activities, thus minimising the impact and effect on the environment.

For this Environmental Policy, the term ‘Others’ hereafter will include persons engaged with paid work by Milestone not limited to direct employees. Sub-Contractors are therefore included within this term.  This policy will be reviewed at regular intervals and any weaknesses identified will be highlighted, brought to the attention of management, and addressed. Any issues identified will be given the necessary attention, time, and resources to ensure high standards are maintained.

It is the aim of Milestone to protect the environment during work and associated activities so far as reasonably practicable, and to provide employees and others with the necessary details to be fully compliant with legislation pertaining to environmental safety.  The contents of this Environmental Policy will be brought to the attention of all employees to enable them to identify their own environmental responsibilities.

It is the Environmental aims of Milestone, as far as is reasonably practicable, is to:

  • To comply with all environmental legislation, continuously planning to protect the environment from pollution because of its work and activities, including developing and maintaining appropriate emergency procedures concerning the environment.
  • To comply with all environmental obligations by providing employees and others with the necessary details concerning the environment including information, instruction, training, and supervision where appropriate.
  • To comply with all environmental best practice by promoting environmental awareness amongst staff and others, encouraging staff and others to work in an environmentally responsible manner.
  • To comply with all waste management legislation pertaining to waste disposal and the environment
  • To comply with all waste management obligations, recording and monitoring performance to develop company systems that cooperate with the Environment Agency, Local Authority and other bodies.
  • To comply with all waste management best practice, Minimising waste produced in-house and on site, including energy and resource output, general waste, hazardous waste and waste not eligible for recycling, and aiming to reuse or recycle where possible.
  • To communicate environmental aims and commitments for pollution and waste management information with clients, customers, public, and any other interested party to incorporate feedback, assistance, and support.
  • To control or influence the company, products, and services it provides using a lifecycle perspective, integrate the consideration of environmental issues and concerns into decision making and work practices, purchasing products and services which have the least impact and damage on the environment.
  • To achieve financial and operational benefits through enhancing the company’s environmental performance record and monitoring performance information pertaining to the environment, including energy use and other details relating to carbon footprint.

Waste

In-House – Offices & Warehouse

It is the aim of Milestone to reduce waste produced In-House. Waste produced will be segregated accordingly for safety and recycling purposes. Confidential waste will be shredded, and the shredded paper recycled and disposed of as per GDPR guidance. Practically all wastepaper in the office is recycled.

Whilst hazardous waste produced by the office will be minimal, this will be significantly increased by the warehouse.  Hazardous substances will be handled with care as per normal Health and Safety instructions. Simply because the container (barrel, cylinder, canister, drum, or any structure holding the substance) may seem empty and no more content accessible, hazardous waste can still escape and cause Health and Safety and environmental issues.

Hazardous waste will be stored outside and remain in safe, sealed containers. Any leaks or exposure of the hazardous waste must be reported to management immediately. Whilst there are no drains in the areas where hazardous substances and waste is stored, limiting the movement of any exposed or spilt hazardous waste will assist in the clean-up of the substance and prevent further Health and Safety issues.

It is the aim of Milestone to increase its recyclable materials and record the amounts produced to monitor environmental performance. Further guidance and notice shall be given in the implementation of any new measures introduced.

On Site

It is the aim of Milestone to reduce waste produced On Site.  Waste produced will in some cases be the same as that produced In House by the warehouse. However, there are some wastes produced because of the work processes of floor laying that will differ.

Any hazardous wastes shall be stored in safe, suitable, and sufficient containers to prevent leakage and/or exposure. Disposal of this waste will be carried out by environmental specialists – disposing of this via open drains into main water systems is strictly prohibited.

Waste Disposal

The Duty of Care for Waste is dealt with under Part II of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. This concerns anyone who produces or imports, keeps or stores, transports, treats or disposes of waste. The duty holder, in this case, Milestone, is required to take all reasonable steps to keep waste safe. If waste is given to someone else, Milestone must be sure they are authorised to take it and can transport, recycle or dispose of it safely. The penalty for breach of this law is an unlimited fine.

For Milestone as the duty holder it means measures must be taken to stop the waste escaping from control and, as previously stated, store it safely and securely. This will prevent pollution or harming anyone and wildlife.

As previously explained, if waste is given to someone else for transport or disposal, Milestone must ensure they are authorised, accredited, and reputable. A paper-trail for this is necessary to provide evidence of the collection. This is referred to as the Transfer Note. Information required for this includes what waste there is and how much, what sort of containers it is in, the time and date of transfer, where the transfer occurred, name and addresses of the parties involved in the transfer, whether the person transferring is producer or importer (Milestone will be producer), if they are registered waste carriers and their Environment Agency certificate number, any Environmental Permits from either party noted. Both parties must have copies of this. These details must be kept on file for two years.

Hazardous Substances

All hazardous substances are subject to the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH) and the relevant information provided in the form of Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS). COSHH and MSDS details can be obtained from the Health, Safety and Environmental Manager.

Hazardous Substances are to remain in containers at all times. They shall remain in their original containers for as long as possible until work processes require otherwise.

Work processes that involve hazardous substances to leave their original container shall be performed with due care and attention in accordance with Health and Safety Safe Systems of Work.

As detailed in the afore mentioned issue of waste, hazardous waste will be stored outside and remain in the safe, sealed containers.

Any leaks or exposure of the hazardous waste must be reported to management immediately. Whilst there are no drains in the areas where hazardous substances and waste is stored, limiting the movement of any exposed or spilt hazardous waste will assist in the clean-up of the substance and prevent further Health and Safety issues.

Asbestos shall be dealt with by certified, trained and approved specialists. Any Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs) shall be reported to site management and the Principal Contractor immediately. Should this occur In House or On Site where Milestone is the direct Principal Contractor, the HSE Manager or another member of management should be contacted, and the work stopped immediately.

It is the aim of Milestone, so far as reasonably practicable, to have a significant number of staff and others to be asbestos trained.

Transport

The movement and transportation of waste and hazardous substances shall be done only in suitable vehicles.

Any containers shall be kept upright and held in place in the vehicles to prevent spillage of substances or items.

Any leaks or spillages must be dealt with as soon as possible and reported to the HSE manager or another member of management.

Training

It is the aim of Milestone to provide suitable, sufficient and relevant training to staff and others when appropriate and reasonably practicable.

All staff and others shall be made aware of the general rules for housekeeping, general waste and recycling.

Some people may require specialist instruction, training, information and supervision whereas others will not need this. For example, warehouse staff and others on site will require training concerning hazardous substances, asbestos and the environment whereas this may not be the case for all office and admin staff.

It is the aim of Milestone, as far as reasonably practicable, to have a significant number of staff trained for asbestos and COSHH. Other Health and Safety training, such as CCNSG Health and Safety Passport and CSCS will assist with the overall knowledge and awareness concerning the environment.

It is the aim of Milestone to provide suitable and sufficient training schedules for environmental issues which shall be incorporated with Health and Safety training schedules.

Peter Harrison

Managing Director

Milestone                                                Reviewed: August 2021