Lewis and the Environment
Lewis Civil Engineering specialises in pipework and civil engineering for the utilities industry. We have long recognised the need to ensure that our work is carried out in an environmentally sensitive manner, and as such have an established management system that meets the requirements of IS014001, an internationally recognised standard to which we were first registered in 2002.
Our Impacts - As part of our IS014001 system we have examined our activities and have developed an Aspects Register, which recognises that both our construction operations and head office activities have the potential to impact the environment. This Register recognises that some activities are detrimental to the environment (e.g. generation of waste, use of energy, use of raw materials, use of vehicles etc.) and some that are positive (e.g. our construction knowledge has increasingly been utilised to good effect, and we wherever possible, we adopt techniques which mitigate our environmental impact.
The Law - Having understood what our impacts are on the environment, we have identified the relevant legislation, which is detailed in a Register of Environmental Regulations (Legal Register).
Operational Control - Whilst the Aspects Register and Legal Registers are regularly reviewed and updated, the nature of our site activities means that new issues may be identified periodically. To ensure that site-specific environmental considerations are always taken into account, a comprehensive Risk Assessment (addressing health, safety and environmental matters) is carried out at the start of each job. Site- specific issues are communicated to the workforce by means of induction training and toolbox talks. We also ensure that our operating procedures are made available to each project team via our portal. These procedures ensure a consistent level of service is delivered to all our customers.
Performance Monitoring - We monitor the effectiveness of our operational controls by carrying out audits, analysing customer feedback and understanding why problems arise.
Continual Improvement - We examine the trends that arise from our ongoing monitoring programme, review changes in legislation, our aspects and industry trends in order to set meaningful improvement programmes that contribute to our continual improvement of our environmental performance.
Waste and Resources Action Programme