Sancert Annual Conference 2018

On 29 June 2018, Sancert held its annual strategy conference at Hotel Verde in Cape Town.

One of the primary reasons why Sancert makes use of the facilities at Hotel Verde is because it is the greenest hotel in Africa and they offset all carbon produced by our conference attendance on our half. This ties in with our environmental impact which Sancert is continually aware of.

Click here to see our Carbon Footprint Certificate

Thank you Hotel Verde for always looking after us so well! See you in 2019 when we measure our growth over the year and discuss future exciting plans!

Tip of the Month- Saving water!

With the low dam levels in the Western Cape, the issue of saving water is on everyone’s minds. But how exactly can we save water?

Here are 5 tips to get you going:

  1. Half flush the toilet (after pushing the handle down, pull it up immediately).
  2. Catch the water that is being draining from your washing machine when doing a cycle (Make sure your bucket is big enough because 25L fills up n 10seconds! You may want to use a big bin).
  3. Shorten your showers.
  4. Keep a bucket in the shower to catch the water. This can then be used to water plants and flush the toilet.
  5. Use rain barrels to catch the rain water.

Fumes, Odors and Smoke

Smoke

Fumes, odor and smoke can cause serious problems; they may also affect health or spoil the local environment.

The problems are a statutory nuisance controlled by the local council or the environment agency i.e. mobile plant, vehicles, fires etc.

Processes involving the combustion of fuels and the heating and drying of materials commonly emit fumes odor and smoke.

This kind of environmental pollution is difficult to control but compliance with the following points should help to reduce any pollution:

  • Never leave plant or vehicle engines running unnecessarily.
  • Ensure that proper maintenance of all plant and vehicles is carried out on a regular basis.
  • Do not burn waste materials onsite, however, if for some reason it is necessary it should be carried out when the wind is blowing away from potentially sensitive areas.
  • Chemicals and other hazardous substances should be stored suitably and handled in a responsible and appropriate manner, check manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Activities that are likely to emit fumes, odour and smoke should be carried out with a consideration of the environment, people around you and the wind direction.

Questions to Generate Discussion

Why is it important to consider the direction of the wind when fumes, odour and smoke are being created onsite?