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Ramadan

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As it is coming to the end of Ramadan, I thought I would write a blog explaining what Ramadan is, the significance of it, and my experience at work during it.   What is Ramadan? Ramadan is the Muslim month of fasting observed in the UK and around the world. It is a time of fasting, prayer, self-reflection and self-discipline for Muslims around the world. At its core, it is a time of giving more and receiving less and putting others before one’s self. It is a significantly holy time for Muslims.   During Ramadan, Muslims will wake up before dawn for sehri or suhoor (a meal taken before dawn). From dawn till sunset, most Muslims will be fasting refraining from food and drink. Many spend that time focusing their minds and activities on prayer and spiritual reflection including a greater study of the Quran. At sunset, most Muslims will break the fast with dates and water followed by iftar (the evening meal).   When is Ramadan? This year, Ramadan began on the evening of 26 May and is predicted to end on the evening of 24 June (dates may vary slightly due to the cycle of the moon). The day after will be the day of Eid al-Fitr (the festival of the breaking of the fast). Ramadan during this time of the year means longer fasting periods for Muslims due to the longer days and shorter nights. Last year 2016, on the longest day of the year, this was a total of 19 hours of fasting off food and drink!   Why do Muslims fast? One of the main reasons why Muslims fast is to obtain Taqwa. Taqwa is guarding yourself from all the evil in the world, and giving your time to God, thus reflecting the essence of piety. Through fasting, a person would demonstrate a high degree of obedience by wilfully staying away from food and drink from sunrise to sunset for a whole month.   Through fasting, Muslims learn to tame themselves away from greed, thus traversing a path which progressively elevates his consciousness from the physical to the moral and ultimately to the spiritual side of living. Ramadan teaches us self-discipline and is the ideal catalyst to improve society by improving ourselves.   It also means for people like me, who are fortunate enough to go home and always have a bite to eat or something to drink, are personally made aware of the less fortunate and underprivileged, which evokes a degree of social consciousness. Ramadan is a time for giving to the less fortunate through Zakat. Zakat is when you give a percentage of your wealth away to charity.   The month of Ramadan also contains the night of Layatul Q’adar (the night of power). This is a very special and important night to all Muslim, this is because this is the night that the Quran was revealed to the prophet Muhammed (P.B.U.H). Layatul Q’adar can be found in the last 10 nights of Ramadan. The last 10 nights are called Itikaf. Itikaf is an Islamic practise in where both men and woman stay at the mosque for the last 10 days of Ramadan, devoting themselves to God and staying away from world affairs. Muslim seek forgiveness on the night of Layatul Q’adar, and stay...

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Charity Football Match

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ESC Global are proud to have sponsored a local charity football match which was held at the Keepmoat stadium in Doncaster. Tom Hughes, our Senior Engineer requested we sponsored the event as his father in law was the organiser, and there is a personal family connection to the work they do. The charity sponsored was the Barnsley hospice. Barnsley Hospice is a charity which provides specialists compassionate care to hundreds of local people every year from all over Barnsley. Specialist palliative care provides help and support to people with life-limiting illnesses such as Cancer, Heart Disease or Parkinson’s. This care strives to improve the quality of life for patients and their families by providing pain and symptom relief, spiritual and social support; and counselling and bereavement services.   You can read more about the hospice, the work they do and donate via their website http://www.barnsleyhospice.org/   Amazingly the football match was a success, having raised £1100 for such a great cause! Well done to all the players, staff and organisers.   Below are some pictures on the action of the night –...

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Staff Sponsorship – Stephen Slingsby

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ESC Global are proud to support local rugby clubs and rugby players. Following on from our previous article about Thomas Hughes, this article will be about Stephen Slingsby, who currently plays for Hull Ionians. Stephen is a utility player – meaning that he can play in multiple position on the pitch. He mainly plays in centre and wing position but can often step in to the full back position. The full back plays an important role in the attack; his job is to handle the ball every set of six and often running in to space on the field to open up play. The full back is part of the group of players that are called the team’s spine. Stephen has recently been recruited to play in national county rugby sporting for Yorkshire. He has participated in the national league for over 10 after being chosen out of thousands of people every year.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Every year Stephen gets invited to play for the Yorkshire county in the county championship. The Yorkshire county are a very successful county, having won the championship 15 time over the last century and being in the top 3 of the most successful counties in English rugby history. Stephen has been playing for Yorkshire for nearly 20 years. He has been recruited nearly every year to represent Yorkshire, which is really impressive! In work, Stephen is a company director at ESC Global and is also our project manager. Stephen has been a key factor to the success of the company – attracting and securing the contracts of our major clients, organising and planning the work schedules, estimating the cost and time it would take to complete a job and more. Stephen has worked for the company for 8 years, and has had a major impact on the growth and success of the company. He has put together a strong, qualified team of engineers – all specialising in different sectors of the water hygiene industry. Stephen has the task of organising all their clients and their weekly schedule, ensuring that every client receives...

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National Deaf awareness week

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ESC Global are proud to supply the Doncaster Deaf Trust with our services. The Deaf Trust is a specialist Deaf school, and as it is ‘national deaf awareness week’ this week, I thought I would produce a blog on our relationship with the Doncaster Deaf trust, and all the services we supply to them.   The Deaf Trust was founded in 1829, and throughout the years have won various awards and accreditation. The trust offers education and training to young people aged 16 – 25 who have special educational needs. They provide a programme called SES which is designed specifically to help and support disabled people from across the country to achieve their job goals. (At the bottom of the blog is a link to a story about a student who attended The Deaf Trust getting employed doing his dream job). The trust has recently been accredited the Matrix quality standard. This is a major accreditation as it ensures the parents/students of the children in the school that the information, advice and guidance given to students attending the courses or training is the best it can be.   ESC Global supply The Deaf Trust with a comprehensive range of water hygiene services. By following the guidelines set by HSG 274 and ACOP L8, we can ensure The Deaf Trust, and all our customers are getting the quality services they deserve.   Through my apprenticeship, I have had the opportunity to experience the water/chemical engineering side of ESC Global. I was assigned to help with the flushing and servicing of The Doncaster Deaf Trust for a number of weeks. Flushing is a service where an engineer flushes an outlet until the temperature at the outlet stabilises and is comparable to supply water and purge to drain. With the help of one of my colleagues, we would have the whole school flushed and dosed in a few hours. The school I aided to service was quite large, containing many buildings; some infrequently used so this would take longer to flush as the water would take more time to reach optimum temperature. If there isn’t physical regular movement of hot and cold water in the distribution pipework, this can cause a risk from exposure to legionella.   Going on site with the engineers was a great experience for me because it gave me an understanding of the work the company does. This experience has given me an insight in to a different sector of employment. Being able to learn about accountancy as well as learn aspects of water/chemical engineering is great as it makes me more knowledgeable in different sectors of the working environment....

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Legionnaires Disease

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Legionnaires is not rare. It is perceived as rare only because most cases are never detected, and not all detected cases are reported to public health authorities.   As a duty holder, you are responsible for complying with health and safety and taking responsibility for managing the risks legionnaires represents to your business or organisation. A duty holder are those responsible for the control of premises in connection with a trade, business or other —- undertaking where water is stored or used, and where there is a means of creating and transmitting breathable water droplets (aerosol) thus creating a reasonable foreseeable risk of exposure to legionella bacteria.   What is it? Potentially fatal pneumonia cause by legionella bacteria can cause potentially fatal pneumonia, legionellosis (the collective term for diseases caused by legionella bacteria). Can also include serious conditions such as Pontiac Fever and Lochgoilhead fever.   Where does it come from? Legionella bacteria are naturally occurring in water (Lakes, groundwater etc) but usually in low numbers. They may be formed in purpose built water systems even as cooling towers, evaporative condensers, hot and cold water systems and spa pools.   Who is at risk? Anyone can be infected but increased risk groups are – Over 45’s Smokers/heavy drinkers Those with suppressed immune systems Those suffering respiratory or kidney disease. Those suffering from diabetes, lung and heart disease.   How do people get it? People can contract legionnaires disease by inhaling droplets of water suspended in the air, which contains the bacteria. Certain conditions increase the risk of legionella if: Water temperature in all or some parts of the system is between 20- 45 degrees which is optimum to encourage and sustain grow. It is possible for breathable water droplets to be created and dispersed there are deposits of water that can support bacterial growth and provide a source of nutrients for bacteria such as rust, sludge, organic matter and biofilms.   Men are more susceptible than women.   How is it controlled – various controls are governed by legislative customer practise or as per recommended in HSG 274 (The control on Legionella bacteria in water systems)     Microbial World – Your cooling system is the ideal environment for microscopic organism to live and breed. They enter your system from the air or make up water and find everything need to survive there. Left uncontrolled they multiply quickly and can completely foul a system in a very short time   How do we treat it – ESC Global as an established water treatment organisation have a full range of chemicals and services used in the treatment of cooling systems. Our philosophy is to control all aspects of scale, deposition, corrosion and from a legionella point of view, most important is microbiological control. We implement control and individually tailored packages for each client with our objective being to: “prevent harmless nature from becoming harmful...

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staff sponsorship – Thomas Hughes

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http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/scunthorpe/teams/6825/player/tom-hughes-139811   ESC Global are proud to support local rugby clubs and rugby players. We have two semi-professional rugby players within the organisation, so rugby is a core part of our culture and an important element of our corporate social responsibility. Today we are introducing you to Tom Hughes, who currently plays for Scunthorpe Rugby Club in the scrum half position. For those of you not familiar to rugby, the scrum half is the key player in a rugby team as he is at the centre of all that happens. He is the link between the forwards and the backs, and is a key player in deciding the calls at line-out and scrums. Scrum halves are accurate passer of the ball, a good tackler, quick off the mark, and can read the game to develop game tactics. In work, Tom is one of our Senior Water Treatment Engineers, he specialises in steam boilers and cooling towers and manages the accounts of several of our key clients. Tom has worked for us for 7 years, and now manages several members of staff. ESC Global are proud to have sponsored Tom and Scunthorpe Rugby Club since Tom joined our company 7 years ago, we are honoured to support him and his passion for rugby. We often attend rugby matches and enjoy seeing Tom in action on the pitch, although the bruises and injuries he sometimes suffers do prompt winces and comments of concern from colleagues and customers. We work with Tom to allow him to work flexibly around training, travelling and the gym when required as it is important Tom can maintain his fitness and attend training. We contribute towards rugby kit for both Tom and the team through our annual sponsorship of Scunthorpe Rugby Club. This sponsorship makes a valuable contribution to the running of the club, which also has an active grass roots junior and mini team, encouraging young new players to take up the sport. We feel this is important as both our rugby players began playing at a young age in a mini and juniors league. Without support and sponsorship, younger players would not have the opportunity to engage in rugby and begin a lifelong passion for what is a great sport and community. We will continue to sponsor Tom as we feel it’s important our staff are happy and healthy and have a good work life balance. We recognise Toms commitment to, and passion for rugby, and our sponsorship of him has the added benefit of our company logo being displayed in match day programmes and on the club’s kit. Sponsoring Tom and Scunthorpe allows us to network within other organisations, and it’s a great opportunity for us to show off our staff in a different light when we entertain customers on match days. In a future blog we will introduce you to our other rugby player, Stephen...

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Product Case study – ESC 270

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Primarily for deposit and corrosion inhibition in steam systems ESC 270 is a specifically formulated single chemical deposit and corrosion inhibitor designed to protect a whole steam system. ESC 270 has a unique combination of calming and neutralising amines which act in synergy to form a monomolecular layer on heat transfer surfaces therefore greatly improving heat transfer by preventing deposition and the formation of excessive magnetite. The formula is volatile and therefore dissipates in to steam to protect all heat transfer surfaces and condensate systems. The benefits of applying ESC 270 over traditional single, two or three chemical regimes are – Single chemical regime – ESC 270 is a single chemical blend with multifunctional attributes to protect the whole boiler system from depoition and corrosion. Volatile protection – ESC 270 is a volatile chemical which dissipates in to the steam to protect heat transfer surfaces in the boiler and condensate system Low Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) – ESC 270 has minimal effect on TDS, resulting in lower feed water make-up TDS so significantly reducing required boiler blow down. Energy efficiency and cost reduction – A reduction in blow down directly links to a reduction in fuel requirement, having substantial positive impact on energy efficiency and costs. Reduced maintenance and down times – carbonic acid naturally present in the condensate system causes severe corrosion resulting in increased down time and maintenance cost. ESC 270 protects the condensate return and heat exchanger so increasing the longevity of your system. Idle boilers – the monomolecular layer formed when applying ESC 270 protects the metallic surfaces and inhibits corrosion, this layer is robust and resistant even at times of idling running and stand by. Lower application rates – a proportion of ESC 270 returns to the feed tanks/hotwell from the condensate return this means that a lower application rate is required to achieve the necessary chemical reserve which is lost through blow downs and operations. Safety – ESC 270 reduces the handling and storage of hazardous chemicals onsite which is an advantage for sites with limited space FDA – ESC 270 is FDA approved Real life Application of ESC 270 on site   General Information A large textile wash plant based in the South Yorkshire area using steam to sterilise and clean units (such as towels, bedding, bath mats etc) ready to be packed and delivered to their customers. The plant operates using a 10,000lb/hr steam boiler which runs 24/7. Originally the site used a two-chemical regime of sulphite and phosphate.   Improvements ESC Global Ltd highlighted areas in which the overall system, operation and costs could be improved. The application of ESC 270 generated savings in chemical application rates, boiler blow down rates, fuel and energy costs, water use and overall operating costs through a reduced maintenance regime.   Using industry standard and norms for calculating boiler blow down values – % Boiler Blow Down = TDS in Feeds Water x 100 Target Boiler Water TDS – Feed Water TDS Initial figures BEFORE – 880/3500 – 880 = 880/2620 x 100 % = 33.5% Figures post application of ESC 270 – 344/3500 – 344 = 344/3056 x 100 % = 11.2%   TOTAL SAVING = 22.3% reduction on blow down which directly links to fuel, water and maintenance savings   Conclusion The...

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Development of E.S.C

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This week’s article will be about the development of the Environmental Speciality Chemical Group.   Environmental Speciality Chemicals Ltd was founded in 1998 as a company developing water treatment services and sales throughout Europe. The company’s success caused growth and the E.S.C name soon became a market leader in Europe. Now companies that are part of the E.S.C group supply Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia.   All the companies that are part of the Environmental Speciality Chemicals Group follow strict procedures set by ISO 14001, OHSAAS 28001, ISO 9001, CHAS, LCA, Construction line and BSRIA. These accreditations will give customers confidence to discuss their problems with us.   E.S.C has over 20 years of experience in the water treatment industry providing detailed knowledge on water and water related problems.   E.S.C Group supply services and chemicals to various industries, including international racing teams, designer clothing brands, launderettes, major food and beverage companies, Iron, steel, copper and aluminium manufacturers and chemical manufacturers. Our Norwegian company, Global Mitco AS supplies to North Sea industries and affiliated petrochemical sectors.   To ensure our customers are satisfied, E.S.C group offer our customers an opportunity to fill in a customer feedback sheet every 3 months.   Environmental Speciality Chemicals 1998 Environmentally Speciality Chemicals was inaugurated in 1998 in the UK as a company developing water treatment services and sale outlets throughout Northern Europe and the UK. http://escglobal.co.uk     2000 E.S.C sets up new company – Global Concept Poland inaugurated – specialising in sales/service to the polish industry. Due to growth and success within the water treatment sector, Global Concept rapidly became a market leaders in Poland. http://gc2000.pl/   2007 E.S.C purchases Norwegian company Global Mitco Norway – then a significant customer of E.S.C. Mitco are experts in all aspects of water treatment services for manufacturing, industrial, commercial and domestic water systems. http://www.mitco.no/   2008 E.S.C sets up company in Sweden. Global Concepts Svergi inaugurated to provide water treatment services to the Swedish market. http://globalconcept.se/   2009 E.S.C Global Polska inaugurated – as the manufacturing plant for the E.S.C group. Manufacturing plant moved from Doncaster UK to Poland E.S.C Global Limited inaugurated – to establish sales and services to the water industry in the UK. http://escglobal.co.uk   2014 New production facility and sites opened in Poland.                   2016 E.S.C obtains controlling share of Aquanoah Norway – specialising in copper and silver for control of microorganisms in water...

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E.S.C supports local hospice

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Hi all   It is my pleasure to share with you an email that was received from Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.   During the Christmas period of 2016, the staff here at ESC Global participated in a Christmas jumper day, and have helped raised £65 that will be donated to the Bluebells Wood Children’s Hospice.   This is a magnificent achievement when you consider the size of our team.     The email that was received said –   Dear Ms Reeder   I am emailing you in respect of your recent donation to Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, made through our website,www.bluebellwood.org   We are incredibly grateful for your donation, which you raised at your Christmas Jumper Day.   Your donation of £65.00 means so much to our children, young adults and their families.  Your support helps us to continue providing incredibly special memories for families facing really tough times, helping us to continue offering a wide range of services to the hundreds of families who need our support.  This includes respite, end of life care, sibling support, play therapy sessions and much, much more – we are there for the whole family throughout.   By choosing to help families in our community that have a child who won’t survive into adulthood, you make sure that we can be there fore everybody that needs us.  Without your support, we wouldn’t be able to support the number of families we do.   Finally, if you haven’t got your Christmas cards yet, we have a great selection online at www.bluebellwood.org. All proceeds from our cards go to support the children we care for.   Again, we’d like to say a huge thank you on behalf of all of our children, young adults and families for your amazing support.   from everyone at Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice         Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice Cramfit Road | North Anston | Sheffield | S25 4AJ t: 01909 517360 | w: www.bluebellwood.org  ...

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Welcome to the ESC Global blog

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Hello all, I’m Ryehan and Welcome to the ESC Global blog.   I will be writing a weekly blog, so I thought I’d best start with telling you a bit about myself. I am currently employed by ESC Global, who are a specialist water treatment company based in Doncaster. I was recruited through a government apprenticeship scheme and I work in the accountancy team of the company.   I knew becoming an accountant is what I wanted to be ever since I was young, and I believe that the apprenticeship scheme is a great opportunity. I had been on the hunt for an accounts apprenticeship ever since I had left school but I had no luck so I decided to attend college for a year, acquire two AS level qualifications in both maths ad ICT and started the hunt again. I believed that having these two AS levels would give me a better chance on securing the apprenticeship.   I am currently attending college once a week to study the AAT level 2 qualification in accountancy; after completing my first exam in accountancy, I achieved a 90% pass mark demonstrating to my employer my capabilities, as they have high expectation of me in terms of the results I achieve through various exams as well as the work I produce within the work place.   Choosing to take the apprenticeship route rather than going to university was a difficult decision for me as they both have benefits, however in my opinion I think I have made the right choice. I believe that hands on experience will benefit me more than continuing to study full time. The apprenticeship route shows me what it is like to be part of a real company and how to solve real time issues. Another reason why I believe I have made the correct choice is that being part of the team here at ESC Global has helped me improve  my confidence and  communications skills – two of the things I have always lacked. Coming to ESC Global was a scary experience for me because I had just finished my first year in college, and without any experience in accountancy, I was jumping straight in to a business, but when I arrived, I received a warm welcoming from the whole team which helped me gain confidence. Interacting with both my colleagues and the company’s customers has helped me improve my communication skills.   It is my hope to gain a permanent contract here at ESC Global and to be part of the success. Once I complete the level 2 AAT and gain the qualification, I will carry on my studies to then hopefully become a fully qualified accountant.   Thank you for reading a brief introduction of myself, if you have any question please do leave a comment below....

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