Operator Monitoring Training
The EA introduced Operator Monitoring Assessment (OMA) in 2001 to strengthen its auditing of operators' self-monitoring arrangements. This applied initially to the monitoring of emissions to air from industrial installations regulated under the Environmental Permitting Regulations (EPR). OMA has since been extended to discharges to controlled water (including public sewers and groundwater) from EPR installations.
The EA use the OMA scheme to:
- assess the quality and reliability of operators‟ self-monitoring (including monitoring undertaken on behalf of operators by contractors) as required by their permit
- identify monitoring shortfalls and potential areas for improvementps
- review the monitoring conditions in the permit
OMA audits are carried out by the Environment Agency (EA) at least every 4 years, although sooner if the EA deems.
We can provide two types of training course, depending upon your specific requirements, the first being an in-depth training course based upon the EA document Background knowledge for EPR Operators, Operator Monitoring Assessment.
This course is based upon the EA syllabus consisting of:
- Introduction to major pollutants
- Legislation and Guidance
- Technical Guidance Notes
- Principles of monitoring
- Health and safety requirements
- Designing the monitoring programme
- Choice of sampling location and timing
- Overview of equipment operation and sampling procedures
- Review of results and reporting requirements
- Auditing the monitoring team
Alternatively, we can attend site and conduct a pre-OMA audit and assessment of your current monitoring procedures and arrangements. We will then provide you with the necessary guidance to implement any areas for improvement highlighted.
If you would like further information on our OMA training course, please Contact Us and we will get back to you with additional details.