Our immission control officers ...

... help chemical and pharmaceutical companies navigate the complex challenges presented by the German Federal Immission Control Act (BImSchG). The responsible job of immission control officers requires not only comprehensive expertise but also in-depth knowledge of current regulatory standards as well as expected future requirements.

Immission control touches on many areas of business. That’s why immission control officers have to not only be knowledgeable and well-versed in regulatory affairs but also act as good communicators.

Immission control officers need broad expertise

Companies are required to regularly verify that their plant operations meet the following legal requirements:

  • Air pollutant emissions
  • Noise emissions and vibrations
  • Odors and other environmental impacts of plant operations

Immission control officers play a crucial role as advisors and educators: They help ensure that plants, production processes, resource use and plant components are designed for environmental compatibility and help optimize operational processes in compliance with immission control law.

The work done by immission control officers affects related areas such as health and safety, water pollution control, fire protection and waste management, due in large part to the integration of the circular economy and the cascading use of resources. In some cases, it may be necessary to retain a hazardous incident officer for the plant as well.

Immission control officers communicate regularly with managers and employees in charge of plant operations and environmental protection. They understand how plant conditions can affect the environment and so can help plant owners improve their plants’ environmental performance, both day-to-day and in planned projects.

Infraserv’s immission control officers leverage their expertise to ensure the highest level of compliance and liability protection in day-to-day operations and handle much of the red tape for their client companies.

Being an immission control officer at SMEs and large corporations is often a full-time job

First, few plant employees are equipped to properly perform all the complex tasks involved in being an immission control officer for a plant that operates under a permit issued under the Federal Immissions Control Act (BImSchG). Also, companies that fail to meet all their legal immission control responsibilities – whether due to negligence, tight scheduling or resources, or even simple ignorance – may face severe legal penalties and repercussions or have their plant operations restricted.

It makes more sense to bring in an external immission control expert who specializes in this area and is familiar with current and upcoming regulations as well as the specific requirements for the chemical industry regardless of manufacturer.

Immission control is a matter of trust. That’s why Infraserv Höchst’s experts will be your dedicated contacts. They will know your company inside and out and work with you to devise personalized solutions that meet all your legal requirements and budgetary needs.

Immissions versus emissions – what’s the difference?

We have briefly summarized the difference between immissions and emissions:

  • Emissions refer to the discharge of solid or gaseous air pollutants that contaminate the atmosphere, water or soil. Emissions are caused by processes in your plants and leave your establishment by various routes.
  • Immissions, on the other hand, are the effects of airborne, waterborne and soilborne contaminants on organisms such as humans, wildlife and plants and on materials such as the fabric of your neighbor’s buildings.

Sound, vibrations, electromagnetic fields or radiation are non-material emissions and immissions. The noise produced by factory machinery, for example, is an emission. The noise level to which employees are exposed at work, on the other hand, is referred to as an immission, also known as an exposure.

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