New findings reveal the role the manufacturing industry may be playing in the country’s clean water challenges - The ManufacturerNew research ...New findings reveal the role the manufacturing industry may be playing in the country’s clean water challenges - The Manufacturer
New research reveals that manufacturing businesses might be playing a significant role in the contamination of water, contributing to England having one of the worst rates in Europe when it comes to water quality.
Although 90% of respondents to the research said pollution prevention is important to their business, many are unaware of the specific activities relating to manufacturing that can contaminate water including vehicle washing (45%), water cooling (54%), equipment cleaning (42%) and food production (54%).
Exploring the specific responsibilities manufacturing businesses must comply with as part of pollution prevention guidance from the Environment Agency, the research from Metro Rod found that two fifths (41%) are unaware they are responsible for the correct disposal of hazardous substances and worryingly 65% are unaware they are responsible for the correct disposal of commercial waste and recycling.
Three out of five businesses (63%) don’t have a pollution incident response plan in place, outlining the actions they should take to reduce the level of pollution created by an accident on site, meaning that if an issue does arise they aren’t fully prepared to prevent the environment from unnecessary harm.
Furthermore, almost three fifths of respondents (58%) are unaware there is an unlimited fine for any business found to be in breach of environmental legislation, and just over half (53%) are unaware that such activity is a criminal offence with potential for imprisonment.