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Title: Report on integrated large scale audit of Rugby Group plc Southam Works, 15-17 October 1996
Author: Environment Agency Midlands Region
Document Type: Monograph
This report describes an audit of Rugby Cement, Southam Works which took place between 15 and 17 October 1996. This process is authorised under Part I of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and, as such, is subject to Integrated Pollution Control (IPC). The site also has a Waste Management Licence for operation of the landfill for process wastes. Large Scale Audits have been developed as a supplement to routine regulation of particularly complex sites or those which have a high potential to pollute so that an assessment can be made of their overall environmental performance. By focusing on sites with high pollution potential, the Agency targets resource where the environmental risk is greatest. Rugby Cement, Southam Works is a long established site for cement manufacture. The major potential environmental hazards are from dust, nitrogen oxide and sulphur dioxide. The primary objective of the audit was to assess compliance with the IPC authorisation and to examine those underlying factors affecting compliance. In addition to detailed examination of the manufacturing process, consideration was given to factors which have an impact upon environmental performance, such as manning levels, training, supervision and maintenance programmes. The Company Environmental Policy and the Environmental Management System (EMS) underpinning the environmental performance of the Works were also critically examined. Evidence of the translation of the Policy into effective action at all levels was sought. The audit was undertaken by a team of Environment Agency officers consisting of specialists in Integrated Pollution Control, Water Quality and Waste Regulation, thereby covering releases to all environmental media and allowing consideration of compliance with Duty of Care requirements for waste disposal. The main body of this report is preceded by a summary of the findings of the audit, incorporating a number of recommendations. The main report first describes the Company Environmental Policy and management systems before looking in more detail at waste management, site water and effluent systems and the manufacturing process itself, looking for evidence of the management systems in operation and environmental awareness at all levels of the workforce. The process has been considered in terms of a series of steps from raw materials handling to packing and dispatch of the finished product.
Publisher: Environment Agency
Publication Date: 1996
Publication Place: Solihull
Subject Keywords: Pollution monitoringAuditingEnvironmental managementRisk management
Geographic Keywords: EA Midlands
Extent: 52; + appendices
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