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Merry Christmas from everyone at ESC Global Ltd

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ESC Global Ltd would like to thank all of our customers and suppliers for their business, and we look to a mutually beneficial relationship for many holiday seasons to come. The team at ESC Global Ltd work hard everyday to provide you with the best service possible, and we will work even harder this New Year! We wish you a Christmas full of turkey and laughs and may you be blessed with a wonderful New Year! See you on...

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Doncaster Chamber Awards Finalist: Ryehan Amir

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I am extremely happy to announce that I have been shortlisted as a finalist for the Doncaster Chamber’s Rising Star of The Year award. On December the 14th 2017 I will be going head to head with Doncaster’s future rising stars.   The Rising Star of The Year category criteria – ‘’This award provides you with the opportunity to nominate and acknowledge an employee from your business who, in your opinion, has a promising bright future and has already shown an outstanding performance in the past year within the workplace.   Open to entrants between 18 -24 years old, either in a part-time, full time or an apprenticeship role the judges will be looking for how hard work and commitment, coupled with a positive attitude has proven already some demonstrable benefits to your business.’’   Being announced as a finalist for the Doncaster Chamber Awards is a huge achievement for both myself and ESC Global. The Chamber claim on their website that their business award is the most prestigious ceremony in the region and it is also the biggest business award in Yorkshire so to have a potential chance of winning this award is great, and I look forward to getting dressed up for the big night!   I would like to say thank you to Debbie and Victoria Slingsby for putting their faith and trust in me when they put my name forward for the Rising Star of The Year award. The team at ESC Global Ltd have all been fantastic, they have all supported me and I could not ask for a better team to work and develop alongside of!   Keith Slingsby, managing director at ESC Global Ltd said – ‘’ I was thrilled to hear the news that ESC Global’s very first apprentice, Ryehan Amir, has been short listed for the 2017 Doncaster Chambers Raising Star Award. It’s wonderful to see Ryehan acknowledged as a young man who stands out from the crowd. We believe Ryehan has an exciting future of ahead of him, and we are proud to be playing such a crucial part in his development and training by sponsoring him through his accounting apprenticeship. Ryehan’s contribution to our business over the past year has been exceptional and we hope this continues as Ryehan enters his second year of employment with us, and begins his AAT level 3. We hope the judges see the potential in him that we do, and everyone at ESC Global has fingers crossed for the awards night.’’   To be in with a shout of winning the award, the contestants were subject to a two-stage review process. First an application form was completed and submitted by a company representative, these were assessed and if successful the second stage was a 1:1 interview with 2 judges.   The Doncaster Chamber awards will take place on the 14th of December 2017, at the Doncaster Racecourse, I look forward to seeing you all there.

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ISO Audit blog

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ISO audit blog ESC Global Ltd have recently undergone audits for ISO 9001(quality management), 14001(environmental management) and 18001(occupational health and safety). What are the ISO’s? ISO 9001:2008 – is the title of a standard that outlines the requirements an organisation must maintain their quality for ISO 9001:2008 certification. ISO 9001:2008 is focused on meeting customer expectations and delivering customer satisfaction.   ISO 14001:2015 – is the international standard that specifies requirement for an effective environmental management system. It provides a framework that an organisation can follow, rather than establishing environmental performance requirements.   OHSAS 18001 – is an internationally applied British standard for occupational health and safety management systems. It is used as a method of assessing and auditing occupational health and safety management systems. Developed by leading trade and international standards bodies, it provides a framework for organisations to instigate proper and effective management of health and safety in the work place.   ISO standards are all different, and each standard supports its own benefits across various different industries, including the water industry and chemical manufacturing. The common benefits are: Widened market potential Compliance to procurement tenders Improved efficiency Cost saving Higher level of customer service and therefore higher levels of customer satisfaction Higher staff moral and motivation   By obtaining these standards, we at ESC Global Ltd believe that it shows that we are a responsible business as we follow the rules and procedures set by the ISO organisation, and by passing their set audits, it demonstrates to both our customers and suppliers that we actually do what we say we do. Also by having a clearly defined management system in place to identify and control health and safety risks, we are able to minimise risks to our engineers, as well visitors or external contractors who come on to our site.   To ensure our customers are satisfied, we have a customer service charter and regularly ask our customers for feedback. The customer charter is part of ISO 9001:2008 quality standard. At ESC Global take on board all customer feedback in order to continuously improve customer service and experience. Below is our customer service charter – Customer Service Charter We understand there are real benefits to providing excellent customer service and through prioritising and handling complaints and commendations effectively. One of our measures of success is our standard of customer service, which is set out in our Customer Charter. As a family run SME, we pride ourselves on our ability to work closely with clients to deliver excellent customer service. Whatever your reason for contacting us we want to make sure your experience is positive and the quality of service you receive is consistent. We take diversity and equality seriously. We are committed to ensuring that our service to customers is free from discrimination. We want to understand the diverse needs of our customers and meet them wherever we can. We will try to overcome any barriers to accessing our services.   We aim to: –  Get it right first time – we will listen to you and understand what you want from our services. We aim to deliver a timely, high quality service. – Provide the right information – we want to provide you with the right technical and performance information in a way you can...

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New build announcement

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ESC Global are proud to announce that our parent holding company, Environmental Speciality Chemicals have made a submission for planning permission for our new headquarters which we propose will be located by the lakeside in Doncaster.   After purchasing a parcel of land in early 2015, nearly 3 years of preparation and planning has led to our planning application. ESC has consulted employees on the proposals, by giving them an opportunity to suggest ideas for what they would like to see in the new build. Each employee has been offered the chance to pick out 3 things they would like to see in this building, and the most popular requests have been chosen and used in the design. Ideas incorporated have included: – a gym, changing room and showers – increased staff facilities, so we have a kitchen, staff room and welfare facilities on each floor – an increased numbers of meetings room available for use with clients – natural light, and maximising the lake views – height adjustable desks, to allow sitting or standing work stations – air conditioning and controlled cooling.   Here are some of the specification of the new build – On the ground floor, we will have a smart entrance with plenty of space for our reception and waiting area. This area is to have a water feature, or a water fall with space for wall art and our company logo. There will be a lounge area for our visitors to wait enjoying views looking on to the lake, with doors leading to an external patio/seating area. ESC will also have its own personal gym on the ground floor, for all employees to use with changing rooms and showers as well as a working laboratory. Our aim is for the ground floor to be of high quality materials as this reflects the company’s image and philosophy.   On the first floor, we will have a spacious open plan office alongside several individual offices. There will also be two meeting rooms so meetings can be held with our clients, alongside staff facilities.   The second floor will have a large board room going around one corner with access to an external balcony enjoying views over the lake. It will also have a dining room, with an equally impressive view looking on to the lake.   The third floor consists of curves contrasted with angels rather than straight walls to portray a feeling of openness and space. The material used to design/build the top floor must be of the highest quality possible, as these rooms will be mainly used by the company directors.   The building itself will be of a modern and fresh look, blending in with existing buildings in the vicinity. On the lake side we propose tinted glass looking out to the lake with bi-folding doors on all levels with blinds and briese soliel – which will be a feature on that side of the building with some exposed brickwork.   Choosing the look for the design was quite difficult for the directors. We had 3 architects pitch and present to the directors. After assessing the bids, and discussing each design and layout, the directors decided to go with the design from Enjoy Design as shown below –...

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Work experience placement

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ESC Global are proud to have sponsored Ross Barron, a student studying A level Chemistry, Biology and Physics at Hall Cross Academy sixth form for his work experience placement. Ross personally got in touch with us and requested to join us for a week to learn about and experience the water treatment industry. Ross is still deciding whether he wants to study a degree in Chemistry or Physics; in which his indecisiveness is what caused him to search for a work placement regarding chemistry. Through searching the internet, he found ESC Global. Ross did a lot of research in to our company, browsing through our various specialised chemicals and the services we offer on our website. He then took an interest in the relationship between chemistry and our industry, which then caused him to contact us. During his time at ESC Global, Ross worked very closely with our team of specialist engineers Thomas Hughes, John Collins, Martin Holdsworth and Chris Donk, visiting various sites in Doncaster and the surrounding areas. He experienced the servicing side of the water treatment industry and how much it links in with engineering regarding the maintenance of specific sites, the customer service required throughout. Throughout the placement Ross was able to see how each individual service has a significant link between the industry and the chemistry behind it all, as well as, learning how the chemistry that ESC Global uses in industry has a significant impact on everyday water usage, energy efficiency and carbon saving, for which Ross had a very keen interest in. I asked Ross about his initial expectation of the work experience and what he thought it would be like compared to what the experience was actually like and in his own words he answered – “In all honesty, I did not know what to expect for this type of work experience in the industry but I can definitely say that my time at ESC has exceeded what I thought my expectations would have been as well as what other people’s expectations would be. It is such a fantastic place to work with an amazing one of a kind atmosphere both in and out of the working environment. The staff at ESC Global have been more than excellent as they are really kind, friendly and full of ‘banter’ as well as having looked after me and treated me like one of their own work colleagues by taking me to sites and explaining to me in excess amount of detail about how it is they are doing works and why they are doing it- allowing me to gain a great understanding of their everyday work life as well as the relationship between industry and chemistry.”   A few words from the staff of ESC Global on the time they spent with Ross – “Ross showed interest in the more hands on parts of the job especially as we were able to take him on a prospect visit & he was able to join the meeting. He did say he had found parts of the meeting hard to understand but that is only to be expected. We then went to an established customer so he then saw the finished product in place & operating. On our return to the office I went through...

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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   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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