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Advanced: Don’t let your profits drip away Millions of pounds lost each year in fluid leaks

Advanced Engineering, market leaders in the manufacture and supply of service equipment to the HVACR industry, says that a practical, unique and cost-effective leak detection kit could save the industry millions of pounds. With more than 100 million gallons of

costly fluids (including refrigerants, diesel, hydraulic and other industrial oils) wasted through leakage every year, companies are feeling the financial impact. Managing Director Barry Lea says: “An oil

leak of three drops per second can see you lose 5610 litres of oil each year. And that’s one leak from one component. “It quickly mounts up. But, with multiple systems often occupying the same space,

identifying leaks can often be an issue.” Spectroline dyes, exclusively available in

the UK through Advanced, offer a broad range of distinctive colours which allow you to use different colours in different systems... enabling a quick and easy detection of the source of the leak.

Barry continues: “Many engineers are

cautious about introducing additives into closed-line systems but Spectroline dyes have been specially engineered to be unobtrusive in any host fluid. This means there’s no risk of damaging the fluid’s properties or any of the system’s components. “What’s more, because Spectroline dye is

highly concentrated, you typically only need just a quarter of the quanity of dye required by the competitor’s products.” To find out more about Spectroline or

any other product in the Advanced range, call Advanced on 01256 460300 or email

Beyond Drainage Plans: A Tool for Environmental Management

An accurate drainage plan should be used to support environmental management and reduce the chances of causing environmental pollution. To be effective, it should be clear and easy to understand including the essential information needed for pollution response and risk management. A suitable plan will be an actual representation of site arrangements and clearly show surface and foul water drainage, underground pollution pathways and above ground gradients. The plan should include on-site water bodies, outfall locations and drainage infrastructure, for example, interceptors, pumping stations or penstock valves.

Interceptor Servicing

Interceptors are large underground tanks fitted on the drainage system, designed to retain oil and silt on site, allowing clean water to be discharged. They should be serviced and maintained and should always be accessi- ble and clearly identified. A drainage plan will show where interceptors are and what areas they service, usually car parks, vehicle main- tenance or refuelling areas. An interceptor service should include a physical inspection for integrity, a check/ service of associated electrical equipment, an assessment of oil and silt accumulation and emptying if required. The frequency of services will be determined by interceptor location and site conditions.

Operational Planning

Effective operational planning must be informed by a drainage plan. Storage of high

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risk items such as fuel, ad blue, oils, chemicals, waste and refuelling areas should be carefully considered to prevent pollution from leaving site. Where possible, they should be situated on hard standing, away from drains, bodies of water and unmade ground. Effluent from activities such as vehicle washes or floor washing must be carefully managed to reduce pollution risk and should either be collected and disposed of as a waste or discharged to the foul drainage system with permission.

Incident Planning

When planning incident response, an accurate drainage plan must be consulted. A Pollution Incident Response Plan (PIRP) should be prepared, including all relevant information for incident response, including the drainage plan, pollution risk areas (for example refuelling areas and oil and chemical storage areas), pollution control arrangements like spill kit locations and relevant internal and

external contact information. In this context, the drainage plan will show the route that pollution would take from pollution risk areas and give visibility to where pollution will leave site. Areas where pollution can be controlled or intercepted before escaping to the wider environment and deployment of pollution control equipment should be informed by the drainage plan. All staff should be aware of the PIRP and drainage plan to ensure effective incident response. A drainage plan has value beyond

identifying foul and surface water drainage systems. A valid, clear to understand plan has the essential information for reducing pollution risk and supporting environmental management. You can’t control what you don’t know and a drainage plan provides all of the necessary information to ensure that site activities are managed correctly and don’t pose a pollution risk and informs effective emergency planning and response.

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