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Title: Integrated environmental audit of ICI Chemicals and Polymers Limited, Runcorn, 3-9th July 1997 : audit report
Author: Environment AgencyNorth West Region
Document Type: Monograph
Annotation: EA additional title info: January 1998
The large number of environmental breaches, coupled with two major incidents at ICI's Runcorn Site became a serious concern to the Environment Agency during 1997. The Agency took formal enforcement action, including two successful prosecutions, but identified a need for a complementary site audit to consider possible root causes of incidents. The audit targeted specific site activities that the Agency surmised might be contributing to the poor performance. In July 1997, a six-person team carried out the audit over five days, inspecting plant, interviewing staff and consulting documentation. They paid particular attention to ICI's Safety, Health and Environmental (SHE) Management System and its application. ICI makes clear statements about achieving high SHE standards and these are delivered through a set of Site Instructions (Sis) which undergo internal compliance auditing. The general quality of Sis and the level of compliance were acceptable in most respects. However, some Sis would benefit from a revision to include more emphasis on the environmental impacts and firm action is needed where non-compliance is found. Some newer Sis have not been fully implemented yet. The Agency recommends that clear guidance is given in these Sis on the date by which full implementation is expected.
Publisher: Environment Agency
Publication Date: 1998
Publication Place: Warrington
Subject Keywords: AuditingIndustrial pollutantsPollution controlChemical industryHealth and safety regulations
Geographic Keywords: Runcorn
Extent: 89
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