Choosing the Right Monitoring Contractor can be tough. We here at Envirocare want to make the process as simple as possible:
You can download our full Selecting the Right Emissions Monitoring Contractor for You PowerPoint presentation here.
Objectives When Choosing A Monitoring Contractor
- Provision of accurate & reliable data
- Meets regulatory requirements
- Clearly reported
- Source a trusted partner
- Development of an on-going relationship
What Questions Should You Be Asking?
- What do I value most from my suppliers?
- Do I want the best quality data at any cost?
- Is my decision based solely on financial cost?
- Do I want/need a knowledgeable partner?
- Do I want to distance myself from the ‘hassle’ of monitoring?
- Have you got experience of working in my sector?
Health & Safety Is The Single Most Important Aspect To Consider!
- Safe & sensible contractors on the host site
- Safety of contractors
- Safety of host employees
- Damage to host property
- Unnecessary time wasted on paperwork
- All contractors should have up-to-date and relevant health & safety training
- Risk Assessment & Method Statement
Are They Suitably Accredited To Undertake The Work?
- “Emissions monitoring from chimney-stacks should only be carried out by accredited test laboratories, using certified staff…”
- Environment Agency (EA) requires monitoring to be undertaken by ISO/IEC 17025 for MCERTS accredited organization
- Can the contractor honour what is required by your permit (legal document)
- Look for the contractors’ UKAS scope of accreditation (www.ukas.org – for more information)
What Added Value Can The Emissions Monitoring Contractor Bring?
Is accredited monitoring just a commodity?
UKAS & The EA put stringent requirements on what contractors can and can’t report.
What about added value to the service?
- Liaise with your regulator
- Negotiate on your permit
- Project design
Are you looking for a contactor or a project partner?
A good contractor will hold your hand as much or as little as you would like.
Process & Sector Knowledge
- Applying methodologies can vary between processes
- Whilst methodologies apply across the board, many contractors have sectors of speciality
Talk to other companies in your industry
- Referrals are an important source of new business
- Relieve your own anxieties
- What do other companies say about a contractor
Confidence in your contractors’ abilities
- Will the job get done safely?
- Will the job get done properly?
- Will you get the best quality data?
- Is the contractor focussed on you or getting in & out and on to the next job?
- Will keep you in the loop at all times
- There will be no come back
- Will work with the minimum of inconvenience to you and your staff & processes
Cheap Contractors are Cheap for a Reason
- If your choice of contractor is based solely upon cost, everything I have said up until this point is largely irrelevant
- When comparing quotes, check that they are like-for-like
- Is the contractor offering anything over and above that which is required?
Cost is clearly important, particularly if you make the wrong choice
- Have you got value for money?
- Do you need to pay again to correct a mistake?
- Have you got accurate emission data? – What are the implications
Costs may not just be financial
- Has it taken away your valuable time?
- Has it affected your regulators view of you?
- Has it altered your perception of contractors?
There are many aspects to contemplate when deciding how to choose the right emissions monitoring contractor, but please consider the companies Health & Safety and Accreditation status, not making your choice on costs alone and always give yourself plenty of time.
At Envirocare we are UKAS & MCERTS accredited for Stack Emissions Monitoring with over 14 years of expertise and experience within the field. We also offer Ambient & Workplace Monitoring, Environmental Consultancy and Training.
You can contact us either by telephone on 01274 738668 or by simply filling in our Online Enquiry Form.