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Toolbox Talk No. 1 - Low Frequency Noise
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Toolbox Talk No. 1 - Low Frequency Noise

This is a pre-recorded mini-webinar. Duration of this webinar is 40 mins. It is available from 3 May 2022 to 31 March 2023.

Fee = £65.00 plus VAT or 1 credit

  1. Low Frequency Noise

[TH] “So you have this hum?” How many times has this been a complaint, and how many times has the heart sunk a little as the complainant explains… “Well its sort of a low rumble…” or something similar…

Low Frequency Noise is a challenging and difficult thing to identify, evaluate and determine compliance with.  During this tool box talk we will look at frequency and noise, and in particular low frequency noise using a planning case study.  We will highlight other issues such as when LFN becomes vibration, or the other way around, and also what types of monitoring device can help.  We will also look at the key standard NANR45 and its potential use.


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Toolbox Talk No. 2 - Vibration
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Toolbox Talk No. 2 - Vibration

This is a pre-recorded mini-webinar. Duration of this webinar is 1 hr 15 mins. It is available from 3 May 2022 to 31 March 2023.

Fee = £65.00 plus VAT or 1 credit

Vibration is the less well understood brother of noise.  All noise starts with a vibration, so understanding vibration, the principles behind it, and the methods of control may help deal with noise at source.  Sometimes however, vibration itself is the key issue, so for environmental application, things like construction, particularly piling, and quarrying (blasting) can be a source of significant vibration, but more common is occupational vibration.  We will explore the theory, measurement method and key standards in a short presentation to demystify vibration and the issues surrounding it.

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Toolbox Talk No. 3 - BS4142 Assessment example
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Toolbox Talk No. 3 - BS4142 Assessment example

This is a pre-recorded mini-webinar. Duration of this webinar is 1 hr 30 mins. It is available from 3 May 2022 to 31 March 2023.

Fee = £65.00 plus VAT or 1 credit

To quote Carlsberg… “Probably the noise standard in the world”, or is it?  This talk will review BS4142 how it works, the issues arising and the drawbacks in using the standard.  It will focus on correct application, and understanding of the results, so that we can eventually decide if the Carlsberg principle is correct for BS4142 or if we need other metrics to make sense of observed measured sound.


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Toolbox Talk No. 4 - Reviewing a noise report
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Toolbox Talk No. 4 - Reviewing a noise report

This is a pre-recorded mini-webinar. Duration of this webinar is 1 hr 15 mins. It is available from 3 May 2022 to 31 March 2023.

Fee = £65.00 plus VAT or 1 credit

This session will pick up a noise report, and provide a step by step review of the report in real time.  Highlighting key issues as we go, looking at the what can be verified from the desk, and what may need to be questioned, challenged or rejected.  The aim is to provide a realistic example of what types of things to look for, and what questions to ask of consultants preparing noise reports.  It will also hopefully highlight what issues should be covered in preparing your own reports.

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Toolbox Talk No. 5 - Solvent Management Plan
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Toolbox Talk No. 5 - Solvent Management Plan

This is a pre-recorded mini-webinar. Duration of this webinar is 1 hr 15 mins. It is available from 3 May 2022 to 31 March 2023.

Fee = £65.00 plus VAT or 1 credit

Solvent management plans are the basis of regulatory compliance with solvent emission installation permits.  An SMP is best used to as both an operational tool, and a method of demonstrating compliance with key environmental standards.  The session will look at an example of solvent mass tracking and the use of that metric for preparing SMP’s.  it will also demonstrate how the SMP can be used to highlight additional areas of interest to reduce solvent usage.  Each SMP is particular to the process it is created for and should be tailored accordingly.  This talk illustrates a sensible and pragmatic approach to creating a site specific SMP that is both fully compliant with legal requirements and useful to the operator

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ToolBox Talk No. 6 - Good, bad and ugly planning conditions
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ToolBox Talk No. 6 - Good, bad and ugly planning conditions

This is a pre-recorded mini-webinar. Duration of this webinar is 1 hr 15 mins. It is available from 3 May 2022 to 31 March 2023.

Fee = £65.00 plus VAT or 1 credit

Back by popular demand, we ran this session some years ago with permit conditions,  evaluating a number of conditions against the CREW standard… this mirror session is designed to focus on planning conditions.  We will look at the basic requirements for planning conditions, the six tests, the groundwork for the conditions in terms of policy background, and ultimately review a number of conditions in context.  Please note, this session is the trainers view of the conditions and is normally presented as a syndicate exercise for discussion, some conditions being deliberately provocative.  As a web based E-tool that isn’t possible so the analysis is based on the site specific scenario presented and conflicting arguments on suitability will be summarised in a SWOT type analysis of the conditions

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Toolbox Talk No. 7 - How to transfer a permit to a new owner - 3 May 2022
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Toolbox Talk No. 7 - How to transfer a permit to a new owner - 3 May 2022

This is a pre-recorded mini-webinar. Duration of webinar 30 mins. It is available from 3 May 2022 to 31 March 2023

Fee = £65.00 plus VAT or 1 credit

A webinar for all officers who may need to administer a permit transfer

The Environmental Protection (England and Wales) Regulations 2016 (as amended) determine how and when a permit may be transferred from the current operator or operators to a new operator or operators. It is essential that the transfer is undertaken in strict accordance with the regulations to continue the legal standing of the permit document for successful future enforcement by the regulator. This webinar provides the information required for an authorised officer to administer the permit transfer process successfully.

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Toolbox Talk No. 8 - Solvent BAT analysis techniques - 30 May 2022
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Toolbox Talk No. 8 - Solvent BAT analysis techniques - 30 May 2022

This is a pre-recorded mini-webinar.  Duration of webinar 1 hr 25 mins. It is available from 30 May 2022 to 31 March 2023

Fee = £65.00 plus VAT or 1 credit

BATC for solvent processes has been around since December 2020. Whilst COVID may give some companies an opportunity to claim extensions by way of derogation, the implementation is still set for December 2024, just over 2 years away!

This toolbox talk will evaluate the BAT conclusions in the BATC document and focus on what you as regulators will need to do to evaluate BAT for companies affected by the BAT Conclusions, and, more importantly we will look at what changes a company may need to make in order to comply with the LAU recommended style of permitting, in particular the importance of a good EMS.

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Toolbox Talk No. 9 - How to vary a permit - 27 June 2022
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Toolbox Talk No. 9 - How to vary a permit - 27 June 2022

This is a pre-recorded mini-webinar. Duration of webinar 30 mins. It is available from 27 June 2022 to 31 March 2023

Fee = £65.00 plus VAT or 1 credit

A webinar for all officers who may need to undertake a variation procedure for a permitted activity.

The Environmental Protection (England and Wales) Regulations 2016 (as amended) determine how and when a permit may be varied, by either the operator or the regulator, depending on the circumstances. It is essential that the permit variation is undertaken in strict accordance with the regulations to continue the legal standing of the permit document for successful future enforcement by the regulator. This webinar provides the information required for an authorised officer to administer the permit variation process successfully.

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Toolbox Talk No. 10 - Environmental and planning implications of installing Ground and air source Heat pumps including MVHR systems and the changes – Part 1 - 18 July 2022
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Toolbox Talk No. 10 - Environmental and planning implications of installing Ground and air source Heat pumps including MVHR systems and the changes – Part 1 - 18 July 2022

This is a pre-recorded mini-webinar. Duration of webinar 1 hr 10 mins.  It is available from 18 July 2022 to 31 March 2023

Fee = £65.00 plus VAT or 1 credit

With COP26 now firmly in the tail-lights and other pressures starting to mount on energy use within the UK, its clear that new technologies will be needed to minimise energy consumption in  homes and businesses to ensure energy stability and meet climate change objectives.

Ground and air source heating systems have been around for years, but what are they?  How to they work? And in practice what are the implications of large scale use for the user and the environment as a whole?

This Toolbox Talk aims to provide some commentary and maybe some answers!

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Toolbox Talk No. 11 - How to revoke a permit and how to surrender a permit - 12 September 2022
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Toolbox Talk No. 11 - How to revoke a permit and how to surrender a permit - 12 September 2022

This is a pre-recorded mini-webinar.  It is available from 12 September 2022 to 31 March 2023

Fee = £65.00 plus VAT or 1 credit

A webinar for all officers who may need to revoke a permit or need to manage the surrender of a permit.

The Environmental Protection (England and Wales) Regulations 2016 (as amended) determine how and when a permit may be revoked or surrendered, depending on specific circumstances. It is essential that a permit revocation or surrender is undertaken in strict accordance with the regulations to discontinue the legal standing of the permit document and bring to an end the existence of the permit by the regulator. This webinar provides the information required for an authorised officer to administer the permit revocation and surrender processes successfully.

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Toolbox Talk No. 12 - Environmental and planning implications of installing Ground and air source Heat pumps including MVHR systems and the changes  – Part 2 - 26 September 2022
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Toolbox Talk No. 12 - Environmental and planning implications of installing Ground and air source Heat pumps including MVHR systems and the changes – Part 2 - 26 September 2022

This is a pre-recorded mini-webinar.  It is available from 26 September 2022 to 31 March 2023

Fee = £65.00 plus VAT or 1 credit

The second part of this tool box talk will focus on the planning aspect of recoverable heat and MHVR as well as discuss the changes to the way we live that will be forced on use by the implementation of sustainable low level heating systems and MVHR.

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Toolbox Talk No. 13 - Introduction to BAT option appraisals - 17 October 2022
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Toolbox Talk No. 13 - Introduction to BAT option appraisals - 17 October 2022

This is a pre-recorded mini-webinar.  It is available from 17 October 2022 to 31 March 2023

Fee = £65.00 plus VAT or 1 credit

This toolbox talk will evaluate the BAT conclusions in the BATC document and focus on BAT Option Appraisal.  One of the key elements of demonstrating compliance with the new BAT standards for this sector.   We will look at raw materials evaluation, process flows and plant options, waste minimisation and more as part of a whirlwind tour of BAT option appraisal.

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Toolbox Talk No. 14 - How to review a permit - 23 November 2022
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Toolbox Talk No. 14 - How to review a permit - 23 November 2022

This is a pre-recorded mini-webinar.  It is available from 23 November 2022 to 31 March 2023

Fee = £65.00 plus VAT or 1 credit

A webinar to instruct officers on the procedure of reviewing a permit & associated documents.

Permits are legal documents, enforceable by law. It is essential that they are reviewed regularly and when necessary varied, transferred, revoked or subject to surrender to ensure the sound legal status of the permit or otherwise discontinue its existence as a legal document. This webinar will demonstrate to officers how a permit should be successfully reviewed to optimise enforceability and when a permit should be revoked or surrendered. The importance of associated documents is also considered.

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Toolbox Talk No. 15 - Pyrolysis review - 12 December 2022
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Toolbox Talk No. 15 - Pyrolysis review - 12 December 2022

This is a pre-recorded mini-webinar.  It is available from 12 December 2022 to 31 March 2023

Fee = £65.00 plus VAT or 1 credit

With recent events driving up the cost of hydrocarbon fuels like oil and gas set, and the trend likely to continue, alternative sources of hydrocarbon fuels will be increasingly valuable.

This toolbox talk will provide an overview of the pyrolysis process, and review the issues surrounding creation of a small scale Part B SWIP plant. The webinar will seek to answer the question whether pyrolysis is truly sustainable?

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Toolbox Talk No. 16 - Planning conditions and air quality - 23 January 2023
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Toolbox Talk No. 16 - Planning conditions and air quality - 23 January 2023

This is a pre-recorded mini-webinar.  It is available from 23 January to 31 March 2023

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A webinar to assist officers understanding how air quality can be controlled through development control measures.

Air Quality has been at the top of many Local Authority agendas for many years, despite this, there are still numerous air quality management areas & air quality action plans in force in the UK. It is now recognised that the control of air quality is a "long game” and one of the methods to be utilised by Local Authorities in controlling the effects of air quality in the long term is through the development management function. This webinar shows officers how better air quality can be achieved through the careful use of planning conditions and application of good planning policy.

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Toolbox Talk No. 17 - The enforcement of permit conditions - 27 February 2023
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Toolbox Talk No. 17 - The enforcement of permit conditions - 27 February 2023

This is a pre-recorded mini-webinar.  It is available from 27 February to 31 March 2023

Fee = £65.00 plus VAT or 1 credit

A webinar for officers who are engaged in the enforcement of permit conditions.

The Environmental Protection (England and Wales) Regulations 2016 (as amended) contains explicit provisions to enable authorised officers to take enforcement action for non-compliance with permit conditions. There are several enforcement options available to regulators, the decision on which option to pursue must take into account numerous factors, including the regulators own enforcement policy. It is essential that any enforcement action is undertaken in strict accordance with the regulations to provide the best outcome for the regulator and to ensure the continued protection of human health & the environment.  This webinar provides the information required for an authorised officer to determine when & which enforcement option is the most appropriate.

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Toolbox Talk No. 18 - Environment Agency Noise Guidance - 6 March 2023
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Toolbox Talk No. 18 - Environment Agency Noise Guidance - 6 March 2023

This is a pre-recorded mini-webinar.  It is available from 6 March to 31 March 2023

Fee = £65.00 plus VAT or 1 credit

In July 2021, the Environment Agency withdraw the H3 - Noise Guidance, and replaced it with an online tool.  The implications of the change are such that BS4142 is now the preferred impact assessment tool for the EA regulated processes.

This webinar will review the changes in guidance, and identify how this links into the wider Environmental Noise framework in particular statutory nuisance and planning.

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