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Selecting the Right Emissions Monitoring Contractor for You. How to Meet Your Needs & Exceed Your Expectations. Adam May. Business Development Manager – Envirocare Technical Consultancy Ltd. Eight Years experience in the stack emission monitoring industry

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selecting the right emissions monitoring contractor for you

Selecting the Right Emissions Monitoring Contractor for You

How to Meet Your Needs & Exceed Your Expectations

adam may
Adam May
  • Business Development Manager – Envirocare Technical Consultancy Ltd.
  • Eight Years experience in the stack emission monitoring industry
  • MCERTS Level 2 Team Leader (Three Technical Endorsements
  • Member of IES & IAQM
objectives when choosing a monitoring contractor
Objectives when Choosing a Monitoring Contractor
  • Provision of accurate & reliable data
  • Meets regulatory requirements
  • On-time
  • On-budget
  • Clearly reported
  • Source a trusted partner
  • Development of an on-going relationship
what questions should i be asking
What Questions should I be Asking?
  • What do I value most from my suppliers?
  • Do I want the best quality data at any cost?
  • Is my decision based solely on financial cost?
  • Do I want/need a knowledgeable partner?
  • Do I want to distance myself from the ‘hassle’ of monitoring?
  • Have you got experience of working in my sector?
health safety
Health & Safety
  • The single most important aspect to consider
  • Safe & sensible contractors on the host site
    • Safety of contractors
    • Safety of host employees
    • Damage to host property
    • Unnecessary time wasted on paperwork
  • All contractors should have up-to-date and relevant health & safety training
  • Risk Assessment & Method Statement
accreditations
Accreditations
  • “Emissions monitoring from chimney-stacks should only be carried out by accredited test laboratories, using certified staff...”
  • Environment Agency (EA) requires monitoring to be undertaken by ISO/IEC 17025 for MCERTS accredited organization
  • Can the contractor honour what is required by your permit (legal document)
  • Look for the contractors’ UKAS scope of accreditation (www.ukas.org – for more information)
added value
Added Value
  • Is accredited monitoring just a commodity?
    • UKAS & The EA put stringent requirements on what contractors can and can’t report
  • What about added value to the service?
    • Liaise with your regulator
    • Negotiate on your permit
    • Project design
  • Are you looking for a contractor or a project partner?
    • A good contractor will hold your hand as much or as little as you would like
experience
Experience
  • Process & Sector knowledge
    • Applying methodologies can vary between processes
    • Whilst methodologies apply across the board, many contractors have sectors of speciality
  • Talk to other companies in your industry
    • Referrals are an important source of new business
    • Relieve your own anxieties
  • Reputation
    • What do other companies say about a contractor
peace of mind
Peace of Mind
  • Confidence in your contractors’ abilities
    • Will the job get done safely?
    • Will the job get done properly?
    • Will you get the best quality data?
    • Is the contractor focussed on you or getting in & out and on to the next job?
  • Will keep you in the loop at all times
  • There will be no come back
  • Will work with the minimum of inconvenience to you and your staff & processes
response flexibility
Response & Flexibility
  • How quickly can you come in/report by?
    • When do you need us/it?
  • How long will it take?
    • How much time have you got? Design a suitable schedule to meet your needs
  • Changes to agreed monitoring plan
  • After sales service
    • Do you continue to receive good service after the project has concluded
when things go wrong
When Things go Wrong!
  • Emissions monitoring is not immune to difficulties.
    • Sample destruction/Accidental damage
    • Data loss/corruption
    • Process failure/Scheduling issues
  • How will your contractor respond?
the fee
The Fee!
  • If your choice of contractor is based solely upon cost, everything I have said up until this point is largely irrelevant
  • Cheap may be cheap for a reason
  • When comparing quotes, check that they are like-for-like
  • Is the contractor offering anything over and above that which is required?
the cost of getting it wrong
The Cost of Getting it Wrong
  • Cost is clearly important, particularly if you make the wrong choice
    • Have you got value for money?
    • Do you need to pay again to correct a mistake?
    • Have you got accurate emission data? – What are the implications
  • Costs may not just be financial
    • Has it taken away your valuable time?
    • Has it affected your regulators view of you?
    • Has it altered your perception of contractors?
summary
Summary
  • There are many aspects to contemplate when making the right choice, but please consider:
    • 1. Health & Safety and accreditation status
    • 2. Not making your choice on costs alone
    • 3. Give yourself plenty of time
caring for the environment creating s afer workplaces
Caring for the Environment & Creating Safer Workplaces
  • MCERTS Stack Emission Monitoring
  • Ambient & Workplace Monitoring
  • Environmental Consultancy
  • Training
  • Health & Safety Monitoring & Consultancy
  • Telephone: 01274 738668
  • Website: http://envirocare.org