Veolia Chemists Support Key Workers
A team of chemists from Veolia UK and Ireland is producing hand sanitiser for key workers in the company’s waste, energy and water operations to counter disruption to supply lines caused by COVID-19.
The team who are based at the company’s ISO9001, ISO14001 and OHSAS 18001-accredited High Temperature Incinerator (HTI) facility in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire – which is believed to be the largest of its type in the UK, has now made more than 500 litres of hand sanitiser in two variants formulated with isopropanol and ethanol.
Veolia chemists usually sample and catalogue hazardous waste to ensure compliance with waste identification legislation, specifying the most appropriate routs for recovery, recycling or treatment.
Both versions of sanitiser are compliant with the latest UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) short term derogations from the requirements for product authorisation, a mandatory requirement to ensure the safety of this type of biocidal product. It also follows recent World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines.
Richard Kirkman, Chief Technology & Innovation Officer for Veolia UK and Ireland, says: “As a company with key workers keeping waste, energy and water infrastructure operational we are also focused on keeping our dedicated teams safe.
“The new sanitiser, produced in our own labs, will mean we can ensure they will have the supplies they need to continue their critical roles supporting hospitals, electricity generation, waste collection, food production and the water industry.”