How to Prevent Pollution

We need nature and a healthy environment to provide us with the food we eat, the water we drink and clean air to breathe. However, the UK is one of the most nature depleted countries in the world with only half of our biodiversity remaining.

Pollution incidents occur every day as a result of accidents, spills, negligence and contaminated water entering water ways. Pollution not only poses a threat to local biodiversity but also human health and climate change.

Pollution incidents can cause significant financial costs for businesses. If a business is found to have polluted there could be both an unlimited fine or prison for up to five years. There may also be costs for the clean-up, compensation to third parties or loss of contracts.

The following substances can pollute the environment if not managed correctly:

  • oil
  • petrol
  • chemicals
  • waste
  • solvents

Contaminated water could also pollute the environment, through activities such as vehicle washing, manufacturing, water cooling and cleaning of food production equipment.

Please use our guide below to get started with managing pollution risks at your business.