Hazardous Substances

Our Environmental Services Division is dedicated to the abatement of many dangerous or otherwise environmentally undesirable substances in both the public and private sector.

Chloro-Fluoro-Carbons (C.F.C.’s) – Systems containing these harmful ozone depleting gasses, are drained down in accordance with our developed site specific Risk Assessment.  Under fully controlled conditions, the gasses are placed into vacuum tanks and removed from site for recycling by gas separation carried out by specialist companies.

Poly-Chlorinated-Biphenyls (P.C.B’s) – The highly toxic liquid, found in items such as transformers and capacitors was originally used to reduce fire hazards within electrical equipment.  We remove these units from site completely intact, placing them into sealed containers ready for transportation to a specialist waste plant, for disposal by high temperature incineration.

Fluorescent Tubes – The internal coating of Fluorescent light tubes contain the potentially harmful, highly toxic heavy metals, mercury and lead; which if inhaled can cause liver, kidney and brain damage.  The tubes are taken to a recycling centre where recovery of the heavy metal coating and glass is carried out under controlled conditions.

Drug Related Debris – Our operatives, wearing specially designed gloves, body suits and protective footwear, remove infected items such as needles used for injecting drugs.  These are picked up with mechanical tongs and placed into a disposal box, which is then sent to a specialist facility and destroyed by incineration.

Lead Paint – Lead, if inhaled through fumes, dust or swallowed can cause headaches, tiredness, stomach pains and weight loss.  The removal of lead coated steelwork is normally undertaken by our trained operatives with mechanical or flame cutting equipment in accordance with a developed Risk Assessment.

Pigeon Waste – Often found in derelict buildings, pigeon waste can cause ‘Psittacosis’ or ‘Omithosis’ better known as ‘Industrial Asthma’ caused by airborne mites when inhaled.  Flu or pneumonia like symptoms follow and in extreme cased it can be fatal.  Droppings are removed in accordance with our specific Risk assessment under fully controlled conditions.  The area is then sprayed with a bleach based sterilizing agent by trained operatives wearing respirators and full protective clothing. After dampening, the droppings are sealed into polythene sacks prior to disposal at a land fill facility.

call us on 01375 366700 to discuss how we can help.