Containment can mean many things to people but in its most basic form can be grouped under three sub-headings, Primary, Secondary and Tertiary.
C3 is able to assist your company in all three areas, having the skills, experience and tools to help address the challenges raised by ageing plant and infrastructure.
Over recent years the Environment Agency has taken a lead in policing site's compliance with recognised good practice in regard to Secondary and Tertiary systems and many of the UK COMAH regulated sites have been asked to complete and return the EA's Chemicals Scorecard, the result of which in most cases raises several significant concerns.
Two of the largest complications faced by sites are how to test existing Secondary Containment systems and how to make any necessary improvements without either having to cease operations or rebuild the plant.
Within the C3 team we have chartered structural engineering resource and we are fully versed with the latest guidance including CIRIA C736 'Containment systems for the prevention of pollution'.
Indeed how do you determine if your bunds are liquid-tight? Or whether they can withstand the expected static and hydrodynamic loads? And how many of your structures have penetrations though the walls?
C3 has assisted many of our clients through this process and have worked with companies and specialist EA inspectors to reach mutually acceptable solutions.