Spill Training Course At Fire Service College A Huge Success – Book Your Space Now!

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Last month, Compass Environmental delivered their UKSpill Approved Advanced Environment Protection Techniques spill training course to specialist Fire Officers from across the UK at the Fire Service College, Moreton-in-Marsh.

The day comprised of a morning session, studying the response to real life spillage incidents, followed by an afternoon practical session on the Fire Ground tackling a complex spill scenario. We are pleased to say that all 26 delegates successfully passed the course.

In partnership with the college, we are now opening up this course to wider industry. So, whether you are a professional spill response company, a business that has the potential to cause environmental pollution through spillages or an in-house trainer seeking expertise in this area, this course is for you! 

To date, 100% of our delegates would recommend our Spill Training courses to colleagues.”

Our next course at the Fire College will take place in March 2019. The cost of this will be £350 + VAT per person with a maximum of 8 delegates per course to ensure every attendee gets good hands on experience. There is accommodation available on site for an additional cost of £80 per night for dinner, bed and breakfast.  

For more information and to book your place on our March 2019 course, click here.

Launch of Oilshield

In conjunction with Evergreen Insurance Services and Aviva, one of the UK’s largest insurers, we are delighted to announce the launch of Oilshield – a new insurance and risk management product for fuel oil distributors.


With limited choice in the market and distributors facing ever increasing commercial risks, we identified a real need for a fresh and innovative solution specifically targeted at the fuel oil distribution sector. That solution is Oilshield – a comprehensive insurance and risk management package that provides protection for your whole business, all under one policy.

Oilshield embeds risk management at the heart of every policy. Compass Environmental will be working with each client to identify and manage risk through the development and delivery of a bespoke risk management programme. In addition, Compass will be providing a 24/7 Spillage Claims Management Service. Our extensive experience in managing thousands of incidents will ensure the reputation of our clients and the environment are protected through the proactive management of spillage claims.

Compass Managing Director, Stewart Ower, said “It’s great to be partnering with Evergreen Insurance Services on this initiative. With Oilshield, I believe we have created a product which will have real appeal to oil distributors of all sizes. The simplicity of one policy to cover all business activities combined with a genuine management of risk makes for a successful partnership between all parties.”

To view full details of the Oilshield proposition, visit www.oilshield.co.uk

Compass Spill Training Course Adopted by Fire Service College

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Our Advanced Environment Protection Techniques Spill Training course has been embedded into the HazMat Advisor Course at the Fire Service College, Moreton-in-Marsh.

The HazMat Advisor Courses train specialist officers within the Fire Service to deal with incidents where hazardous materials are involved. Often these incidents pose serious risk to the environment and so the College has recognised the need to include an Environment Protection Module in its training of these officers.

Ed Sullivan of the Fire Service College and Stewart Ower of Compass Environmental

Ed Sullivan of the Fire Service College and Stewart Ower of Compass Environmental

Our Managing Director, Stewart Ower, has been welcomed as an Associate Tutor at the College and will deliver the one day Environment Protection Module which incorporates both classroom and practical exercises on the fire ground, a world class training facility which permits the creation of very realistic incident scenarios.

Stewart commented, “It is a tremendous honour that our UKSpill approved training course has been recognised by the Fire Service College as being of a standard suitable for the inclusion in their training of these specialist officers. As first responders to many spillage incidents, the Fire Service has a vital role to play in protecting the environment from damage. Our training will enable officers to identify environmental risk and take appropriate, proportionate and effective action to mitigate pollution of the environment.”

Fire Service College Course Director, Ed Sullivan, said “We welcome Stewart’s expertise in this area and are actively exploring opportunities to include this environment protection input into other Fire Service College courses.”

In addition, Compass and the Fire Service College will be marketing our Advanced Environment Protection Techniques Spill Training course commercially so that delegates from wider industry can benefit from this unique training opportunity.

A Grand Day Out!

The team at Compass got hands on and covered in soot with a Blacksmithing experience yesterday at Anvil Forge!

Our day kicked off with the task of creating our own pokers, giving us a chance to practice the fundamentals of Blacksmithing and to play with fire!

Once our technique had been perfected, we then had the opportunity to hone our craftsmanship with our own personal projects. Instead of using this as a chance to make augers (a complete oversight on our part), the team used their new skills to create candle holders, hooks, garden accessories and Christmas decorations!


The last part of the day was spent building a team piece that will take pride of place in our headquarters. Whether it was bending metal with brute strength; wielding an angle grinder to put on the ‘delicate touches’ or smashing a hammer to create a subtle pattern, everyone played their part in piecing together our company logo.

Another job well done by Compass Environmental!


Compass Appoints Contaminated Land Manager

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Jonathan Hearing has joined the Compass team to spearhead the growth and development of our Contaminated Land Division. Jonathan has over 15 years experience managing contaminated land projects ranging from petrol filling stations and large scale refinery installations to major residential schemes. Jonathan holds a WAMITAB Certificate of Technical Competence for the treatment and management of hazardous waste. 

Compass Managing Director, Stewart Ower, said "We are pleased to welcome Jonathan to the team at this exciting time for Compass. Jonathan will be responsible for the management of our Contaminated Land projects and for the promotion and growth of this area of our business. His expertise and approach makes Jonathan an excellent fit for the business and our ethos of being Good People To Know".


Jonathan added, "I'm thrilled to be joining the Compass team and helping to grow the business and develop the Contaminated Land Offering". 

Jonathan can be contacted at jon.hearing@compassenviro.co.uk

We're Expanding!

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Compass Environmental has moved into their new headquarters.  From 1st May 2018 we will be based in Wokingham’s historic Rose Street. The team will be working from a Grade II listed building that dates back to the 15th century!

Managing Director, Stewart Ower, said “Our business has been growing rapidly and this move to larger premises will provide further space for growth and expansion.  The Compass team will deliver our environmental due diligence, environmental risk management and spill training services from the new office”.

In line with the building’s rustic character and low beams, we advise that anyone over 6 foot planning a visit to the office should come with their hard hat!

Compass looks forward to continuing its journey of expansion from our new home.

You can find our new address below:

29 Rose Street, Wokingham, Berkshire, RG40 1XS 

Compass deliver Spill Response training to LCM Environmental

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Last week saw Compass deliver its Advanced Environment Protection Techniques course to LCM Response staff. The UKSpill Approved course equips delegates with the theory and practical knowledge to manage a spill, providing a significant hands-on element to put learning into practice! Drawing upon a wealth of experience, our trainers use relevant real-life scenarios to deliver our sessions in an engaging and inclusive style. By the end of our course, delegates will be able to respond to an environmental incident safely, proportionately and effectively. We are delighted to announce that 100% of our delegates to date enjoyed the course and would recommend to a colleague.  

An excellent day! Knowledge gained in the classroom was backed up with a fun and engaging practical session. Engaging trainer and would highly recommend to others.
— Advanced Environment Protection Techniques Course Delegate, March 2018

Causing pollution to the environment can have damaging consequences to organisations, including unlimited fines, loss of accreditations and reputational damage. Taking the necessary steps to ensure that you’re business is properly equipped to deal with the worst-case-scenario could help minimise the risk of prosecution and commercial impact on your firm.

To find out more about what training we can offer your organisation, please visit our training page or get in contact with us via info@compassenviro.co.uk