Siltbuster presents environmental solutions to 1000-strong @one Alliance AMP5 Team

Posted: Friday 5th August 2011

Anglian Water and its @one Alliance partners recently came together for a series of four one-day interactive seminars as part of the @one Alliance’s annual Safety Stand Down Week. In a change from the norm, human health and safety was not the only subject on this year’s agenda as environmental protection was included for the first time.

Siltbuster was invited to be a guest speaker at the events and address the potential impacts of the two main waterbourne pollutants from construction sites: silt laden water and concrete washdown water, highlighting the simple and effective treatment solutions available to ensure the well being of the wider environment.

Formed to deliver a large part of Anglian Water’s capital investment programme, the @one Alliance comprises seven partners: Anglian Water Engineering (AWEng), Balfour Beatty Utility Solutions Limited (BBUSL), Barhale, MWH Global, Black & Veatch, Grontmij and Skanska Aker Solutions. The seminars, held on four consecutive days in Lincoln, Peterborough, Ipswich and Norwich, were attended by around 1,000 site and office based members of the @one Alliance.

Chris Smith, programme area manager for waste water and health & safety management with the @one Alliance, comments: “We place great emphasis on health and safety and environmental issues. Jointly, the @one Alliance members set a challenging safety target to achieve a 0.1 per cent Accident Frequency Rate (AFR) – the industry standard is 0.5 or 0.6 per cent. To help achieve this, anyone joining the @one Alliance undertakes a rigorous induction process to obtain a ‘safety passport’ to work on our construction sites.

“We decided to take this one step further by running a safety stand down week, providing additional training for all 1,000 @one Alliance employees that already have their passports. We recognise that behavioural safety and reducing environmental risks are vital and that’s why we invited Siltbuster to explain the pollution risks involved in managing water pollution on construction sites.”

Jonathan Goldsmith, guest speaker and principal environmental scientist at Siltbuster, adds: “We were delighted to be invited and take up this opportunity. There is a marked increase in the number of construction companies that are stepping up their efforts to ensure best practice in the management of water and pollution risks on construction sites and protecting and maintaining the health of the general environment. The @one Alliance has taken this to the next level with its safety stand down week, ensuring that all its employees are fully briefed on not only their own personal Health and Safety but also that of the environment they work in.”

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