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:
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:
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 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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
§ 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: