Stewart Ower Recognised for Services to the UK Spill Industry

Stewart Ower (right) receiving his Honorary Life Membership from Mark Orr, Co-Chairman of UKSpill (middle). Tom Ower of Compass Environmental (left)

Our Managing Director, Stewart Ower, was presented with an Honorary Life Membership to the UKSpill Association yesterday evening at their Annual General Meeting and Awards Dinner at the Waterman’s Guild Hall, London.

Stewart, who has spent over 25 years within the Environment Protection industry, has watched and supported the Association grow from its inception in 2004 and more recently served as its Chairman between 2015 and 2017. During his term as Chairman, Stewart helped to raise the profile of UKSpill and improve the standards of spill response within the sector.

Upon receiving his award, Stewart said “I am truly honoured to be awarded this accolade. As the trade association representing the UK Spill Industry, I am humbled to be recognised as an ambassador for the values and initiatives which continue to drive the standards set by the Association.”

UKSpill serves as a national trade body to represent companies, organisations and individuals working in the oil and chemical spill response industry in the UK and to build an internationally respected reputation. For more information about UKSpill, visit their website www.ukspill.org

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.

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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!

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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!

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