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Environmental, radiation and laser protection

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The prevention of accidents at work, occupational diseases and work-related health hazards is now an integral part of operational processes. The complexity of the challenges in occupational health and safety is reflected in the range of services offered by the ias group.

Economic activity is not only geared towards occupational health and safety, but also includes other aspects. Dealing with larger quantities of hazardous substances, their disposal and transport on the road as well as the operation of lasers or the use of ionizing radiation always results in further legal requirements in this area.

We will implement the necessary measures with you. Whether it is the Recycling Management Act (KrWG), the Federal Immission Control Act (BImSchG), the Water Management Act (WHG), the Radiation Protection Act (StrlSchG) or the Occupational Safety and Health Ordinance on Artificial Optical Radiation (OStrV) - our qualified and experienced consultants ensure that you meet the legal requirements.

Effective environmental protection in the company

The Recycling Management Act (KrWG) forms the core regulation of waste legislation, has the purpose of conserving natural resources and serves to ensure the environmentally friendly disposal of waste. The obligation to appoint a waste officer results from the Waste Commissioner Ordinance, but can also be useful in other cases, e.g. if hazardous waste is generated.

The waste officer advises on all matters that may be important for waste prevention and waste management.

  • Monitoring of waste routes from their creation or delivery to their recovery or disposal
  • Monitoring compliance with regulations and ordinances
  • Control of the business premises at regular intervals
  • Notification of detected deficiencies and suggestions for remedying deficiencies
  • Development and introduction of environmentally friendly and low-waste processes, including processes for the prevention, proper and harmless recovery or environmentally sound disposal of waste

Sustainable water management is the top priority. This is i.a. also important when discharging wastewater into sewers and waterways.

A water protection officer is mandatory for companies that are allowed to discharge more than 750 m3 of wastewater into a body of water every day. According to Section 64, Paragraph 1 of the WHG, one or more operational officers for water protection must then be appointed. However, this can also be useful in other cases, e.g. if a permit to discharge wastewater is required or exists, even if it is only discharged indirectly into the sewer system

The water protection officer advises on all matters that may be important for water protection.

  • Monitoring of compliance with regulations, ancillary provisions and orders
  • Control of the sewage systems at regular intervals
  • Notification of detected deficiencies and suggestions for remedying deficiencies
  • Development and introduction of environmentally friendly processes and environmentally friendly production, including processes to prevent or reduce the amount of waste water produced
  • Education of the employees

Certain systems and activities cause particular effects on people, animals, plants, soil, water, atmosphere as well as cultural and other material assets. Immission control law offers a holistic approach to preserving these protected assets

An immission control officer must be appointed in accordance with the Federal Immission Control Act (BImSchG) if this is necessary due to the type and size of the operating systems that require approval and that cause emissions. The 5th ordinance on the BImSchG regulates further details. The order can also be useful in other cases, e.g. if systems generally require approval or are regulated in special regulations (e.g. when using solvents).

The immission control officer advises on all matters that may be important for immission control.

  • Monitoring of compliance with regulations, ancillary provisions and orders
  • Control of the operating facilities, systems and procedures at regular intervals
  • Notification of identified deficiencies and suggestions for remedial action
  • Development and introduction of environmentally friendly processes and products, including processes for the use of waste and waste heat
  • Education of the employees

Due to their nature, their properties or their condition in connection with transport, dangerous goods can pose a risk to public safety or order, in particular to the general public, to important common goods, to human life and health, as well as to animals and property. Companies involved in the transport of dangerous goods must therefore appoint a dangerous goods officer. More details are regulated by the Ordinance on Hazardous Goods (GbV). However, the order can also be useful in cases in which exemptions from dangerous goods regulations are used, precisely in order to securely implement the application of these exemptions.

The duties of the dangerous goods officer are:

  • Monitoring compliance with the regulations for the transport of dangerous goods
  • Advising the company on activities related to the transport of dangerous goods, such as to
    • Classification
    • packaging
    • documentation
  • Preparation of an annual report

Entrepreneurial activity always includes effects on the environment. A structured environmental protection management helps companies to keep the negative environmental impact of company processes as low as possible.

In an economy based on the division of labor, supply chains are often characterized by customer requirements for management systems. An environmental management system strengthens the customer's trust, opens up new markets if necessary and has an image-promoting effect in corporate communication.

The topic of compliance is becoming increasingly important. A management system makes your environmental “binding obligations” transparent and provides tools for implementation. This lowers the personal liability risk of the executives and ensures the availability of the operating facilities, systems and processes.

Our environmental management services include: 

  • Provision of an environmental officer in cases in which no specialist officers are appointed or commissioned
  • Position of an environmental management officer
  • Establishment and maintenance of environmental management systems
  • Legal compliance audits, establishment and maintenance of environmental legal registers
  • Environmental risk and context analyzes; Survey of environmental aspects
  • Advice on technical and organizational environmental protection measures
  • Pathways to Green Procurement
  • Support with internal and external audits

Services in radiation and laser protection

Guarantee of radiation protection in accordance with the Radiation Protection Act (StrlSchG) and the Radiation Protection Ordinance (StrlSchV) by our radiation protection officers when dealing with

  • radioactive substances
  • ionizing radiation

The tasks of a radiation protection officer include:

  • the planning and definition of technical / organizational radiation protection measures
  • the functional check of the devices and facilities intended for radiation protection
  • checking the effectiveness of protective devices and regulations
  • Instruction of the people working in radiation protection areas (e.g. access controls, protective clothing)
  • the annual training of the staff

The laser safety officer has to ensure the safe operation of the laser equipment at workplaces. According to OStrV and TROS laser radiation, every company that uses laser equipment (from laser class 3) must appoint a laser safety officer in writing.

The laser safety officer supports you with the following tasks:

  • Carrying out the risk assessment with regard to the possible occurrence of artificial optical radiation at the workplace of the employees
  • Implementation of the necessary protective measures to avoid and reduce the risks to employees from artificial optical radiation
  • Monitoring the safe operation of lasers

In performing his duties, the laser safety officer works together with the occupational safety specialist and the client's company doctor.

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