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Many managers are tasked with delivering high levels of safety and compliance across a business, while coming under increasing pressure to do so while saving money. The two things seem in direct conflict regarding the desired result. However, when it comes to the liquid waste streams, we may well have the answer.

When two conflicting demands need to be met in business, characterised by a push and a pull effect, there inevitably has to be a compromise. The risks associated with deferring liquid waste management comes down to hefty fines, should pollutants be traced back to your site. That is the “push” forward. Environmental regulations mean your business must comply with a set of standards that reduce the risk of pollution. So, safeguards and processes have to be put in place. The “pull” back is the finance department that ask you to reduce the costs of achieving full compliance.

The way to meet both requirements is to view the maintenance costs on a long-term basis. Forecasting expenditure long term will allow you to see the value of securing a service provider with consistently high standards. Because there will be correlating predictable costs, which allows you to forecast accurately. This is an area of site compliance that can easily be bought under control. It shouldn’t be a monster that lurks underground, eating your money. It should be a modestly fed guard dog, that does the job is meant to on a lean diet of cash.

Alternatively dealing with the problem with a short-term mindset, is only deferring the interceptor servicing to the next financial year causing a groundhog effect annually, when it is close to year end. This reactive attitude is the least financially stable and potentially risks the unexpected fine as well.

Breaking the cycle by using IAS Enviro to work proactively to maintain a tank’s functionality with regular visits, ensures the costs can be forecasted accurately. The interceptor will work as it is meant to, which should prevent unexpected, excessive bills to rectify a neglected tank.

Site safety is one area where compromises are costly and not only financially. The reputation of your business needs protecting, and the interceptors can even help with that. Being fundamentally committed to health & safety is a big part of any large companies CSR policy.

Interceptors aren’t just there to protect the #environment. They also protect the compliance reputation of your business. Being known as a business that prioritises health & safety across the board will have a positive effect on many other areas. From recruitment to productivity.

Interceptors and liquid waste are such a small part of the bigger picture, but it is vital and ultimately unavoidable. So, there are two options, the pro-active or reactive. If risk management is part of your role, you will know being ahead of a problem is preferable, every time.