Ambiental Services

Inspection

Assist client to demonstrate to the competent authorities compliance with applicable environmental requirements by conducting accurate, objective and independent inspections.
OFFERED SERVICES

We are in a historical period of profound changes in relation to environmental issues covered by the implementing legislation at European, national and regional level, as well as the mandatory requirements derived from them. In this rapidly changing context LABAQUA has a strong technical structure within its Environmental Inspection Entity and Acoustic Laboratory which allows us to cover a wide range of inspection activities with technical competence accredited by the National Accreditation Body (ENAC), assessable matrices, policy papers and inspection techniques:
– Atmospheric emissions

  • Particulate matter and combustion gases (CO, NOx, SO2)
  • Heavy metals;
  • Gases and acidic aerosols (HCl, HF, H2SO4);
  • Total organic carbon (TOC);
  • Organic solvent vapors in industry;
  • Dioxins and furans;
  • NH3, H2S,
  • Auxiliary parameters (humidity, O2 …)
  • Etc.

Accredited for sampling and “in situ” measurements under standards CEN / UNE / ISO Application;
Flexible Scope of accreditation oriented to permanent update of Technical Instructions approved by the Autonomous Communities.

– Atmospheric immissions

  • Total suspended particles, PM10 and sedimentable particles
  • Heavy metals
  • Pollutant gases (H2S, NH3, NO2, SO2)
  • Residues
  • Characterization of hazardous / non-hazardous waste, code assignment LER and “H” Hazard
  • Admission to landfill studies (Decision 2003/33 / EC and Order AAA/661/2014)
  • Compliance of sludge for agricultural use
  • Waste characterization regarding the disposal and management of PCBs and PCTs.

– Water, sediment and aquatic organisms

  • Wastewater discharges to sewers, Public Domain Water, and Public Domain Maritime – Terrestrial
  • Groundwaters
  • Surface fresh waters
  • Aquatic organisms
  • Underwater sediments.

– Potentially contaminated soils and associated groundwater (in the process of accreditation))

– Environmental Noise
– Acoustic tests accredited for emission and immission noise in port and airport activities and infrastructures.

Additionally, LABAQUA provides highly specialized services related to environmental inspection activities but not linked to legal conformity assessment, such as the control of landfill biogas and processes of digestion / fermentation, connection of biogas to the national gas network, controls of biogas quality (usability with combustion engines, quality assessment and calorific value, etc).

THE PROBLEM
THE PROBLEM

The operator or owner of a potentially polluting industrial activity faces a scene of constant changes in the regulatory framework, and should periodically demonstrate compliance with all environmental requirements derivatived from that law. In recent years, several areas have undergone profound legislative changes:

  • Transposition of the Industrial Emissions Directive amending the Rules of IPPC implementation and application of BATAEL values to Integrated Environmental Authorisations;
  • Recent and future developments in the rules on APCAS (potentially polluting activities of the atmosphere) with new regulatory, technical and control requirements;
  • Approval of Specific Technical Instructions at regional level for monitoring and environmental inspection in different matrices;
  • Approval of Discharge Inspection Protocol for controlling liquid discharges to Public Water;
  • Adaptation of the noise regulations of the different regions to the criteria under END Directive for ambient noise, Law 37/2003 and Royal Decree 1367/2007,
  • Etc.

This situation means that the client needs the technical assistance of highly qualified teams in the analysis of policy documents, as well as for objective, impartial and authoritative evaluation (ie, with demonstrated expertise, ENAC accreditation) in accordance with the requirements of application.

THE SOLUTION
SOLUTION

LABAQUA offers its customers not only one of the broadest ranges of accreditation from the inspection agencies nationwide, but also an additional array of correlated solutions and services that can optimize management time, cost and dialogue between the client and the Inspection Agency. The broad technical capabilities also allow us to offer an integrated value proposition of services bringing benefits to our customers, optimizing time and costs, and providing a comprehensive solution managed by a single interlocutor. Also, the technical team of the Inspection Board of LABAQUA includes national experts in different disciplines, so that in addition to ensuring maximum accuracy in conformity assessments, there is also a depth of knowledge of the processes, activities and facilities being evaluated, which is essential when interpreting the results of an inspection or test.

OUR ADDED VALUE
ADDED VALUE

Comprehensive package of accreditation by ENAC, in both the Inspection Entity, and in related testing and analysis services:

  • Inspection Agency accredited under UNE-EN ISO/IEC 17020
  • Extensive network of own laboratories accredited under UNE-EN ISO/IEC 17025
  • Acoustic laboratory accredited under UNE-EN ISO/IEC 17025
  • AMS calibration laboratory accredited under UNE-EN ISO/IEC 17025

Large multidisciplinary and multi-site team, giving geographical coverage for all areas subject to environmental inspection.

Coordination between different areas and departments involved in environmental and analytical services, resulting in a comprehensive service, being centralized and giving maximum optimization of costs, time and dialogue.

SECTORS
  • Mining and Metallurgy
  • Chemical and Pharmaceutical
  • Food and Drink
  • Paper and Pulp
  • Waste managers
  • WWTPs
  • Energy
  • Petrochemical
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