frog environmental have developed industry leading training and tools for water management on construction sites.
This is in response to the removal of regulatory guidance in England and Wales, a lack of available training resources and the need to improve knowledge that addresses water pollution on construction sites, especially where there is an interface with a river or stream.
Silt has the potential to damage ecosystems, reduce water quality and transport contaminants such as oil and heavy metals.
This can impact on abstractions, including drinking water supplies and irrigation as well as the diminish the general recreational and amenity value of the water.
It is an offence to allow polluting materials to enter a watercourse. Silt pollution can result in works being stopped, prosecution, large financial penalties and reputational damage as well as impact the success of future tenders.
The training courses and materials have been developed to meet the needs of staff working in the construction industry from HSEQ and Engineers to Project Managers, Site Managers and Site Operatives.
Each training course is tailored to provide the right level of understanding for preventing water pollution from a construction site, including an overview on environmental legislation and practical solutions to minimise pollution.
An overview of the topics covered:
- Silt as a pollutant; introduces environmental legislation, pollution sources, pathways and receptors as well as beginning a dynamic risk assessment
- Causes of failure leading to silt pollution events; the most common reasons
- Silt Control Principles; reviews drainage on site, erosion control and silt capture, estimating treatment volumes, flow rates, particle size and settlement
- Silt Control Techniques; introduces a broad range of silt control materials and interventions used on construction sites through case studies including the use of flocculants. This aspect of the course may include a large practical element for site managers
- Oil and Chemical Management; including current regulations on the storage of materials, refuelling, inspections, spill kits and managing pollution incidents
- Alkaline Waters; identification of sources, best practice and treatment techniques
- Biosecurity; identification of common invasive nonnative plants, animals and diseases, how they are managed and practices to ensure they are not spread.
- Permitting; overview of regulations for discharges, abstraction and water transfer, as well as working in rivers, including practical guidance
- Monitoring; explores options available for monitoring discharges for total suspended solids (TSS), turbidity/colouration (NTU), pH and oil from construction sites
Our interactive approach means that everyone has the opportunity to engage and learn at every level.
In addition to providing training we act for and guide construction companies of all shapes and sizes in the development of water management plans to prevent their activities from resulting in a pollution event. We pride ourselves on offering practical, site specific and customer focussed solutions.
frog environmental are also developing a range of free to use resources for the industry. These can be downloaded from the following links.
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If you are considering silt control training or would like to discuss water management options for a specific project, then contact us.