The Compliance Cycle – Step 5

Inspection and maintenance of your compliance products.

man on a boat in the water performing inspection and maintenance on a silt curtain installed in a tailings pond

Site environmental compliance is not difficult, nor is it complicated.  Whilst there is some work and financial commitment required, the process can be made easy if it is programmed and resourced correctly.

Step 5 of the Compliance Cycle identifies that regular inspection and maintenance of installed spill response, stormwater protection and other environmental compliance products is paramount to maintaining compliance.

Now that you’ve reached this stage of the compliance cycle, most of the work is done. Your site is compliant, through the specialised stormwater improvement devices that have been installed and processes that you have adopted.

Regardless of the quality of the products installed, the ongoing inspection and maintenance of the products will keep you compliant.  Different sites have different requirements, and each stormwater product will be exposed to varying conditions.  A drain warden installed where it will accumulate large volumes of leaf litter will require more maintenance than one installed far from any trees.

Frequency of maintenance and inspections

Through a regular inspection program you will quickly see which drains are at most risk.  The rate of replacement of products is an important piece of information that will help your site’s budget process.  Over time you will build a model for the products in your drains, your spill absorbent usage and frequency of ordering, and that information will enable you to plan your resources.

For example:

  • If you have stormwater protection products installed in drain pits, they will need to be checked to make sure they are in good working order. How often these are checked will vary on an individual basis. The amount of leaf litter, rubbish and runoff of hydrocarbons determines the frequency of the inspection or replacement requirement.
  • Spill kits are used more often in some workplaces than others. Some sites will have multiple spill kits – all being used at different rates. A mechanical workshop or transport depot is likely to use the spill kit more often than a food manufacturer. Therefore, the frequency of spill kit inspections will be different.
  • Emergency eye wash and safety showers inspections must be scheduled in accordance with legislation.

If you have the time and resource already, make a plan.  If not, then consult with a reputable company to provide these regular inspection services to remove the hassle from your compliance cycle.