Periodic Compliance Audit of Clinical Waste Incinerator

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Director Rob Holmes acted as the lead auditor in a WISenvironmental team commissioned by Veolia Environmental Services in the last quarter of 2010 to carry out an audit of the clinical waste incineration operations at the Tyseley Energy-from-Waste facility at Tyseley, Birmingham. The audit followed the much delayed publication in July 2010 of Environment Agency guidance EPR5.07 Clinical Waste in the ‘How to Comply with your Environmental Permit’ series and followed on from the need of VES to determine the level of compliance of current activities in relation to the ‘appropriate measures’ identified in the new guidance. WISenvironmental audited and reported on the following activities:

  • Measures undertaken pre-acceptance and upon delivery of the waste to the site;
  • Measures for waste storage and handling; and
  • Measures for the control of emissions to air, surface water and sewer


The audit was carried out during a four-day period of assessment during which, by processes of observation, examination of documents and from interviews, two senior auditors collected the information necessary through to verify that operational controls conformed with permit and ‘appropriate measures’ requirements or to identify ‘findings’ where operational controls were not in conformity. A plan to address the findings and to implement corrective actions has been drawn up on site.

A periodic audit was carried out on 22-23 February 2012. This audit included a review of the close-out of findings reported from the initial audit of October 2010.

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