Company Experts

Waste Experts

Optimisation of a company's waste system

A waste expert is a legal requirement for companies operating installations requiring a licence under the Bundes-Immissionsschutzgesetz (Federal Immission Control Act - BImSchG), i.e. installations in accordance with the 4th BImSchV. A waste adviser is responsible not only for monitoring the company's waste streams and ensuring that they are disposed of in a legally compliant manner, but also for continually working towards reducing waste quantities and hence disposal costs.

Handling hazardous wastes, in particular, requires the adviser not only to be highly qualified, but also highly reliable and responsible. The constant increase in legal requirements and growing demands on time required for task fulfilment are causing bottlenecks in companies.

Against this background, appointing an external waste expert is often not just a question of know-how, but is also simultaneously more attractive in economic terms. If you appoint an external waste expert from BfU AG, you will be assigned a contact person who is both qualified and undergoing constant further training and will provide you with individual support. We assume all the waste adviser's tasks, some of which are as follows:

  • Preparing the waste adviser's annual report
  • Providing ongoing monitoring and evaluation of waste streams
  • Maintenance of disposal certificates and record-keeping
  • Conducting disposer audits
  • Providing ongoing information about new processes that generate lower waste
  • Training employees, and raising their awareness, in respect of waste-related issues
  • Monitoring legal requirements and identifying a company's need for action

Your contact persons in our offices

Kassel

Stefan Hüsemann
Telefon: +49 (0)561 96996-24
E-Mail: huesemann(at)bfu-ag.de

Halle

Christian Schmidt
Telefon: +49 (0)345 686977-15
E-Mail: schmidt(at)bfu-ag.de

Hamburg

Dr. Antonia Goldner
Telefon: +49 (0)40 30238698-3
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Weinstadt

Hans-Ulrich Terme
Telefon: +49 (0)561 96996-14
E-Mail: terme(at)bfu-ag..de

Wetzlar

Stefan Bender
Telefon: +49 (0)6441 29-2515
E-Mail: bender(at)bfu-ag.de

Wuppertal

Axel Dreyer
Telefon: +49 (0)202 3171-3274
E-Mail: dreyer(at)bfu-ag.de

Fire Protection Experts

Limitation of liability risks through fire protection experts

Employers in Germany do not, in principle, have a statutory obligation to seek advice from a fire protection adviser in matters relating to fire protection.

The requirement to appoint a fire protection adviser arises, however, in some cases, from national building regulations. In particular, the Industrial Buildings Directive stipulates that fire protection experts need to be appointed for industrial buildings of a certain size in some cases. Companies with a certain floor area are obliged by the Model Industrial Buildings Directive - Model Directive on Structural Fire Protection in Industrial Buildings (German designation: MIndBauR) - to appoint a fire protection adviser.

Nevertheless, there is often an indirect requirement to appoint a fire protection adviser in the company. For example, in the case of new constructions or conversions of industrial or administrative buildings, a fire protection adviser is required in terms of a fire protection concept. Similarly, a property insurer's insurance regulations regularly make provision for a fire protection adviser. Failure to appoint may result in liability risks in the event of a fire.

Our fire protection experts can undertake the following functions:

  • Providing support for the officer in charge of fire protection within the company (employer, plant manager) in all matters relating to fire protection,
  • conducting fire protection inspections,
  • preparing fire protection ordinances,
  • participating in the training of employees, such as fire protection and evacuation assistants, authorized persons etc.,
  • participating in looking after fire protection equipment,
  • monitoring the test dates for fire protection equipment,
  • monitoring the usability of exit and escape routes,
  • determining fire and explosion hazards,
  • advising on the design of work processes and on the use of working materials,
  • collaborating with all other company experts (e.g. expert for occupational safety),
  • collaborating with the regulatory authority, the fire service and property insurers.

Your contact persons in our offices

Kassel

Stefan Hüsemann
Telefon: +49 (0)561 96996-24
E-Mail: huesemann(at)bfu-ag.de

Halle

Christian Schmidt
Telefon: +49 (0)345 686977-15
E-Mail: schmidt(at)bfu-ag.de

Hamburg

Dr. Antonia Goldner
Telefon: +49 (0)40 30238698-3
E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Weinstadt

Hans-Ulrich Terme
Telefon: +49 (0)561 96996-14
E-Mail: terme(at)bfu-ag..de

Wetzlar

Stefan Bender
Telefon: +49 (0)6441 29-2515
E-Mail: bender(at)bfu-ag.de

Wuppertal

Nils Ludwig
Telefon: +49 (0)202 3171-3272
E-Mail: ludwig(at)bfu-ag.de

Occupational Safety Experts

Expert strain relief

Ensuring legal certainty and using appropriate safety technology is the task of our occupational safety experts. On the basis of an occupational safety concept, both the necessary documentation and the proof of an organisational structure for occupational health and safety can be provided in cooperation with our customers, depending on the support model (e.g. basic support, support plus or complete support).

Our module concept offers companies continuous and sustained support. This includes, in particular, support in respect of Risk Assessments in accordance with the Betriebssicherheitsverordnung (Ordinance on Industrial Safety - BetrSichV), the Arbeitsschutzgesetz (Occupational Health and Safety Act - ArbSchG) and the Gefahrstoffverordnung (Ordinance on Hazardous Substances - GefStoffV). We offer the following modules:

Modul 1: Licences and Legislation
Modul 2: Organisation
Modul 3: Instruction
Modul 4: Accidents, First Aid, Hazard Prevention
Modul 5: Workplace Monitoring
Modul 6: Work Equipment
Modul 7: Hazardous Substances
Modul 8: Explosion Prevention and Protection
Modul 9: Fire Protection
Modul 10: Office Workstations
Modul 11: Risk Assessments for Individual Workstations
Modul 12: Field Service

Each module includes module-specific documentation, which is supplemented by additional records made by the occupational safety expert. Action plans to be updated ensure that the system is up to date. These action plans record information on ongoing work, identified hazards and open items.

Your contact persons in our offices

Kassel

Stefan Hüsemann
Telefon: +49 (0)561 96996-24
E-Mail: huesemann(at)bfu-ag.de

Halle

Marco Kühn
Telefon: +49 (0)345 686977-14
E-Mail: kuehn(at)bfu-ag.de

Hamburg

Dr. Antonia Goldner
Telefon: +49 (0)40 30238698-3
E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Weinstadt

Hans-Ulrich Terme
Telefon: +49 (0)561 96996-14
E-Mail: terme(at)bfu-ag..de

Wetzlar

Stefan Bender
Telefon: +49 (0)6441 29-2515
E-Mail: bender(at)bfu-ag.de

Wuppertal

Axel Dreyer
Telefon: +49 (0)202 3171-3274
E-Mail: dreyer(at)bfu-ag.de

Dangerous Goods Experts

Transport of dangerous goods

Dangerous goods officers are obligatory in many companies. Whether employed as dangerous goods experts or as persons responsible who are involved in the transportation of dangerous goods (formerly, authorized person), they report directly to management and are responsible in the company for the implementation of, and compliance with, the dangerous goods regulations.

BfU Dr. Poppe AG provides on-site support to the responsible persons - through consultancy and training.

As an external service provider, BfU also undertakes these tasks completely - in a professional, uncomplicated and always up-to-date manner.

If you do not know whether you require a dangerous goods adviser or "authorized persons" for your company, call us or write to us!

We will check whether current regulations require you to appoint a dangerous goods adviser for your company. On request, we will prepare an individual quotation in respect of our services relating to the transport of dangerous goods.

These include:

  • Placing the dangerous goods adviser
  • Advising the company on activities in connection with the transport of dangerous goods
  • Verifying that the workers involved have sufficient training, carrying out instruction in accordance with Section 27 of the Gefahrgutverordnung Straße, Eisenbahn und Binnenschifffahrt (Regulation on the Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road, Rail or Inland Waterways - GGVSEB) in conjunction with Chapter 1.3 of ADR (formerly, training in accordance with Section 6 of the Gefahrgutbeauftragten-Verordnung (Dangerous Goods Adviser Regulation - GbV) for authorized persons)
  • Checking classification, packaging, carriage and storage conditions
  • Preparing detailed procedural instructions
  • Providing necessary documents, e.g. carriage documents, written instructions
  • Formulating optimum concepts for the company's management of dangerous goods
  • Introducing appropriate measures for preventing further occurrence of accidents and incidents

Your contact persons in our offices

Kassel

Stefan Hüsemann
Telefon: +49 (0)561 96996-24
E-Mail: huesemann(at)bfu-ag.de

Halle

Christian Schmidt
Telefon: +49 (0)345 686977-15
E-Mail: schmidt(at)bfu-ag.de

Hamburg

Dr. Antonia Goldner
Telefon: +49 (0)40 30238698-3
E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Weinstadt

Hans-Ulrich Terme
Telefon: +49 (0)561 96996-14
E-Mail: terme(at)bfu-ag..de

Wetzlar

Stefan Bender
Telefon: +49 (0)6441 29-2515
E-Mail: bender(at)bfu-ag.de

Wuppertal

Axel Dreyer
Telefon: +49 (0)202 3171-3274
E-Mail: dreyer(at)bfu-ag.de

Water Conservation Experts

By official order, and as soon as they discharge a daily waste water quantity of 750 cubic metres, companies must appoint a water protection officer in accordance with requirements laid down in the Wasserhaushaltsgesetz (German Federal Water Act - WHG). A water protection officer's task is to support the company in complying with statutory regulations.

The water protection officer therefore bears a high level of responsibility in respect of legally certain waste water treatment and disposal. He needs not only to have undergone the corresponding initial training, but also to receive continuing training in order to be able to meet the requirements.

Our services:

An external water conservation officer from BfU AG will enable you not only to conserve your own resources, but also to increase legal certainty and reduce your own risk. You will be assigned a contact person, who is both qualified and undergoing constant further training, to provide you with individual support. We assume all the water protection officer's tasks, some of which are as follows:

  • Preparing the water protection officer's annual report
  • Monitoring legal and company-specific requirements and identifying the company's need for action / preparing corresponding action plans
  • Monitoring and evaluating waste water streams
  • Providing information about new, environmentally friendly processes
  • Training employees, and raising their awareness, in relation to water protection

Your contact persons in our offices

Kassel

Stefan Hüsemann
Telefon: +49 (0)561 96996-24
E-Mail: huesemann(at)bfu-ag.de

Halle

Karolin Froemel
Telefon: +49 (0)345 686977-22
E-Mail: froemel(at)bfu-ag.de

Hamburg

Dr. Antonia Goldner
Telefon: +49 (0)40 30238698-3
E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Weinstadt

Hans-Ulrich Terme
Telefon: +49 (0)561 96996-14
E-Mail: terme(at)bfu-ag..de

Wetzlar

Stefan Bender
Telefon: +49 (0)6441 29-2515
E-Mail: bender(at)bfu-ag.de

Wuppertal

Axel Dreyer
Telefon: +49 (0)202 3171-3274
E-Mail: dreyer(at)bfu-ag.de

Immission Protection Experts

External specialists in environmental protection

Companies operating installations requiring a licence under the Bundes-Immissionsschutzgesetz (Federal Immission Control Act - BImSchG) are obliged to appoint one or more immission protection experts. Apart from companies operating installations listed in the 4.BImSchV (4th Ordinance for implementation of the Federal Immission Control Act), this can also affect other companies that have been obliged by authorities to make such an appointment.

The immission protection expert's function is to monitor the implementation of the statutory immission control requirements and to work towards improving environmental performance. This not only requires the adviser to be highly qualified in technical and legal terms, but also places demands on time resources. It therefore makes sense for many companies to have recourse to external advisers to save internal resources and to acquire additional know-how.

Our services:

BfU AG has immission control officers with long-standing experience. Our employees also benefit from an ongoing exchange with our interdisciplinary team and can provide you with company-specific support or can even take over all the immission control officer's functions. This includes, among other things:

  • Preparing the immission control officer's annual report
  • Monitoring legal and company-specific requirements and identifying the company's need for action / preparing corresponding action plans
  • Monitoring and evaluating emission measurements
  • Providing information about new, environmentally friendly processes
  • Training employees, and raising their awareness, in respect of environmentally relevant issues / immission control

Your contact persons in our offices

Kassel

Stefan Hüsemann
Telefon: +49 (0)561 96996-24
E-Mail: huesemann(at)bfu-ag.de

Halle

Marco Kühn
Telefon: +49 (0)345 686977-14
E-Mail: kuehn(at)bfu-ag.de

Hamburg

Dr. Antonia Goldner
Telefon: +49 (0)40 30238698-3
E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Weinstadt

Hans-Ulrich Terme
Telefon: +49 (0)561 96996-14
E-Mail: terme(at)bfu-ag..de

Wetzlar

Stefan Bender
Telefon: +49 (0)6441 29-2515
E-Mail: bender(at)bfu-ag.de

Wuppertal

Axel Dreyer
Telefon: +49 (0)202 3171-3274
E-Mail: dreyer(at)bfu-ag.de

Laser Protection Experts

Protection of employees against laser radiation

The use of laser equipment is continually on the rise in production. Increasing requirements on production accuracy have brought about its introduction. For example, laser technology is becoming more and more established in the electronics and automobile industries, plastics technology and labelling technology.

New application areas for laser technology are, however, necessitating the use of more and more powerful laser equipment. This also increases requirements on its safe operation in companies. The legal basis for operating laser equipment and appointing laser protection experts is provided by the Verordnung zum Schutz der Beschäftigten vor Gefährdungen durch künstliche optische Strahlung (Ordinance on the Protection of Employees against Artificial Optical Radiation Hazards).

This ordinance stipulates that a laser protection adviser must be appointed if lasers of Classes 3R, 3B and 4 are operated.

The laser protection adviser undertakes the following functions:

  • Monitoring the operation of the laser equipment,
  • providing notifications of the laser equipment,
  • supporting the employer in respect of the safe operation and necessary protective measures (demarcation of laser areas, shielding against laser radiation, selecting suitable laser protection goggles),
  • instructing employees,
  • collaborating with the specialists for occupational safety,
  • authorities management including surveillance and regulatory authorities and employers' liability insurance associations.

Your contact persons in our offices

Kassel

Stefan Hüsemann
Telefon: +49 (0)561 96996-24
E-Mail: huesemann(at)bfu-ag.de

Halle

Eduard Münich
Telefon: +49 (0)345 686977-17
E-Mail: muenich(at)bfu-ag.de

Hamburg

Dr. Antonia Goldner
Telefon: +49 (0)40 30238698-3
E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Weinstadt

Hans-Ulrich Terme
Telefon: +49 (0)561 96996-14
E-Mail: terme(at)bfu-ag..de

Wetzlar

Stefan Bender
Telefon: +49 (0)6441 29-2515
E-Mail: bender(at)bfu-ag.de

Wuppertal

Axel Dreyer
Telefon: +49 (0)202 3171-3274
E-Mail: dreyer(at)bfu-ag.de

REACH Experts

Hazardous substance management in accordance with the REACH Regulation

The REACH Regulation has been in force since 1 June 2007. Companies that import, manufacture, or are downstream users of, hazardous substances are affected by the REACH Regulation. Manufacturers, importers and users are expected to implement requirements under chemicals legislation correctly, focusing not only on data collection, but also on disseminating information in the supply chain.

Due to the continually increasing number of substance bans, restrictions on use and labelling obligations, companies need to ensure that their products comply with REACH. This necessitates extensive hazardous substance management as well as evaluation and analysis of data across the entire supply chain. The tasks related to REACH can be appropriately organized by a REACH adviser.

We offer the following levels of support through the REACH adviser:

  • Event-driven examination of the legal consequences resulting from changes in legislation (REACH, CLP and national transpositions)
  • Regularly examining substance restrictions in accordance with Annex XVII of the REACH Regulation (e.g. PAHs) and communicating the results
  • Regularly examining the Candidate List in accordance with Article 57 of the REACH Regulation (SVHC List) and carrying out the necessary measures
  • Providing assistance with possible authorization applications for SVHCs subject to authorization, as set out in Annex XIV of the REACH Regulation
  • Providing notifications to ECHA's Classification and Labelling (C&L) Inventory when substances are placed on the market
  • Providing notifications to the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR)
  • Providing assistance with possible registrations of pure substances
  • Providing assistance with the classification and labelling of substances and mixtures in accordance with hazardous substance legislation
  • Checking the plausibility of safety data sheets
  • Providing assistance with the preparation of safety data sheets for a company's own products
  • Examining extended safety data sheets and providing information to the supply chain if uses are not described or not described in full

Your contact persons in our offices

Kassel

Stefan Hüsemann
Telefon: +49 (0)561 96996-24
E-Mail: huesemann(at)bfu-ag.de

Halle

Eduard Münich
Telefon: +49 (0)345 686977-17
E-Mail: muenich(at)bfu-ag.de

Hamburg

Dr. Antonia Goldner
Telefon: +49 (0)40 30238698-3
E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Weinstadt

Hans-Ulrich Terme
Telefon: +49 (0)561 96996-14
E-Mail: terme(at)bfu-ag..de

Wetzlar

Stefan Bender
Telefon: +49 (0)6441 29-2515
E-Mail: bender(at)bfu-ag.de

Wuppertal

Axel Dreyer
Telefon: +49 (0)202 3171-3274
E-Mail: dreyer(at)bfu-ag.de

Hazardous Incident Experts

Safety of installations in accordance with the Störfallverordnung (Hazardous Incident Ordinance)

The Bundes-Immissionsschutzgesetz (Federal Immission Control Act) stipulates that operators of installations requiring a licence must appoint a hazardous incident adviser if large quantities of dangerous working materials are present or may be present in their operating area. The regulatory authority must be notified of the hazardous incident adviser.

In principle, all installations mentioned in the Störfallverordnung (e.g. large storage facilities for aerosols or liquid gases or ammonia refrigerating systems) are affected.

The hazardous incident adviser advises the operator on all matters that may be of importance for the safety of the installation. In accordance with Section 58 b of the Bundes-Immissionsschutzgesetz, these include:

  • supporting senior managers in maintaining and improving the safety of the installation;
  • evaluating hazardous incidents and transferring protective measures to in-house operation,
  • monitoring the installations at regular intervals to ensure that they are being operated in accordance with regulations and in conformity with the law,
  • conducting hazardous incident audits,
  • informing the company about relevant amendments to the installation-specific statutory provisions,
  • providing information to the public in accordance with Section 11 of the Störfallverordnung,
  • communicating with authorities and providing assistance with official monitoring dates.

In addition, the hazardous incident adviser can contribute to preparing and refining the safety documentation required in accordance with the Störfallverordnung. This comprises, for example:

  • Preparing and updating the safety report,
  • preparing and updating the emergency plan,
  • implementing and further developing the safety management system,
  • updating fire and explosion protection concepts.

Your contact persons in our offices

Kassel

Stefan Hüsemann
Telefon: +49 (0)561 96996-24
E-Mail: huesemann(at)bfu-ag.de

Halle

Marco Kühn
Telefon: +49 (0)345 686977-14
E-Mail: kuehn(at)bfu-ag.de

Hamburg

Dr. Antonia Goldner
Telefon: +49 (0)40 30238698-3
E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Weinstadt

Hans-Ulrich Terme
Telefon: +49 (0)561 96996-14
E-Mail: terme(at)bfu-ag..de

Wetzlar

Stefan Bender
Telefon: +49 (0)6441 29-2515
E-Mail: bender(at)bfu-ag.de

Wuppertal

Axel Dreyer
Telefon: +49 (0)202 3171-3274
E-Mail: dreyer(at)bfu-ag.de

Radiation Protection Experts

Responsible handling of radioactive substances

Many sub-areas in industry, trade and medicine are unimaginable without the use of radioactive substances. Radioactive substances are used in measuring equipment for non-destructive materials testing or measuring tasks like flow or fill level measurement. In addition, radioactive substances are used in preparations for medical diagnostics and therapy purposes.

As radiation can lead to acute injuries and serious diseases in people as well as causing changes to their genetic make-up, the use of radioactive substances is strictly regulated.

Companies that carry out activities involving radioactive substances (e.g. operation of equipment for generating ionizing rays, use of radioactive substances in measuring equipment) must, as a matter of principle, appoint radiation protection experts pursuant to the Strahlenschutzverordnung (Radiation Protection Ordinance).

Radiation protection experts must have the technical qualifications required in accordance with Section 30 of the Strahlenschutzverordnung.

The radiation protection adviser can undertake the following functions:

  • Providing instruction to persons employed in radiation protection areas,
  • planning and defining technical and organizational radiation protection measures (e.g. defining radiation protection areas),
  • preparing radiation protection instructions,
  • inspecting the operational reliability of the facilities, devices and equipment intended for radiation protection,
  • providing inventory management of radioactive preparations,
  • monitoring personal dosimeters (the wearing of dosimeters, regular change of films),
  • regular examination of the effectiveness of the protective devices and protection regulations,
  • authorities management, including surveillance and regulatory authorities and employers' liability insurance associations.

Your contact persons in our offices

Kassel

Stefan Hüsemann
Telefon: +49 (0)561 96996-24
E-Mail: huesemann(at)bfu-ag.de

Halle

Eduard Münich
Telefon: +49 (0)345 686977-17
E-Mail: muenich(at)bfu-ag.de

Hamburg

Dr. Antonia Goldner
Telefon: +49 (0)40 30238698-3
E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Weinstadt

Hans-Ulrich Terme
Telefon: +49 (0)561 96996-14
E-Mail: terme(at)bfu-ag..de

Wetzlar

Stefan Bender
Telefon: +49 (0)6441 29-2515
E-Mail: bender(at)bfu-ag.de

Wuppertal

Axel Dreyer
Telefon: +49 (0)202 3171-3274
E-Mail: dreyer(at)bfu-ag.de

Company data protection officer

§ 4f of the Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG) regulates the conditions under which a company needs to appoint a data protection officer. This legal obligation needs to be fulfilled by many companies. In the event of violations against this obligation, sanctions can be imposed. However, companies are free to appoint an external data protection officer. Generally, this would bring significant advantages, as a data protection officer will be assigned specific competencies that might lead to operational disruptions if the position is filled by internal employees.

By appointing a data protection officer of the BfU AG, your company will benefit from a qualified and continuously trained contact person that will be happy to provide individual support. In particular, the following responsibilities will be taken by us:

  • Preparation of the annual report of the data protection officer
  • Performance of internal data protection audits or support during external data protection audits
  • Regular information on latest data protection developments relevant to your company
  • Training of staff members in the field of data protection topics
  • Monitoring of implementation of legal requirements and data protection compliance

Your contact persons in our offices

Kassel

Stefan Hüsemann
Telefon: +49 (0)561 96996-24
E-Mail: huesemann(at)bfu-ag.de

Halle

Eduard Münich
Telefon: +49 (0)345 686977-17
E-Mail: muenich(at)bfu-ag.de

Hamburg

Dr. Antonia Goldner
Telefon: +49 (0)40 30238698-3
E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Weinstadt

Hans-Ulrich Terme
Telefon: +49 (0)561 96996-14
E-Mail: terme(at)bfu-ag..de

Wetzlar

Stefan Bender
Telefon: +49 (0)6441 29-2515
E-Mail: bender(at)bfu-ag.de

Wuppertal

Axel Dreyer
Telefon: +49 (0)202 3171-3274
E-Mail: dreyer(at)bfu-ag.de

Any further questions?

E-Mail: info(at)bfu-ag.de
Tel.: +49 (0)561 96996-0

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