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Chemifloc expands robust, GDPR compliant, data privacy protections

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) came into force across the European Union on 25th May 2018 and brought with it the most significant changes to data protection law in two decades. Based on privacy by design and taking a risk-based approach, the GDPR has been designed to meet the requirements of the digital age.

Chemifloc has always had a robust and effective data protection program in place, however, the company recognised its obligations in updating and expanding this program to meet the demands of the GDPR and the Irish Data Protection Act 2018.

Preparation included an information audit, implementing new policies and procedures, a review of legal issues, and updating existing policy documents to achieve compliance with the GDPR commenced 25th May 2018.

View the Chemifloc Group GDPR Compliance Statement.

Chemifloc Complete Inaugural STEM programme with Transition Year students


Shannon, Co. Clare, 09 Feb 2018: Chemifloc has completed its first STEM programme in conjunction with the Shannon Chamber, hosting Transition Year students from several secondary schools in the region including St. Patrick's Comp, Shannon, Crescent Comp & St Clements College Limerick & St Flannan's Ennis.   Highlights of the day Included

Interactive presentations on Water & Waste Water Treatment,

Aluminium Hydroxide: Raw material sourcing, transport, manufacturing, chemistry, 

Ferric Sulphate: Raw material sourcing, transport, manufacturing, chemistry.

The Chemifloc transport fleet: trucks, tankers, diggers JCBs MEWPs

Full Chemifloc H&S review: H&S in everything we do.

Full site tour of all aspects of manufacturing from raw material, reactions, pumping, storage and transport

QA Chemistry lab talk and experiments, including an elephants toothpaste demonstration

The Water Cycle: presentation

Water Treatment plant operation

Boliska Lough, Spiddal Co Galway water sample study

The Coagulation process overview

Full interactive hands on lab demo of Jar Testing procedures


Picture: Chemifloc Employees Fergal Gallagher & Fergal Lawless (far left) and Edwin Roycroft (far right)

with TY students during the Chemifloc STEM Programme




Chemifloc, which now employs over 45 people at its manufacturing facility in Smithstown and its storage facility in Foynes is one of Shannon’s longest established indigenous employers, manufacturing of chemical treatments used to produce safe drinking water for Irish homes and businesses and to protect the environment by treating wastewater since 1981.

Regulatory Change for Aluminium Sulphate Solution Effective January 1st 2018.

Chemifloc Ltd wish to make our customers aware of a technical change in product classification for Liquid Aluminium Sulphate that will occur on January 1st 2018. There is no change in the actual product supplied by Chemifloc or its specification.

The change involves an ADR reclassification from Non-Regulated to ‘UN3264 CORROSIVE LIQUID, ACIDIC, INORGANIC, N.O.S.(Aluminium Sulphate Solution)’.

As part of this change, with each site delivery Chemifloc drivers will furnish all customers with a pack which will include the necessary labelling (Storage tanks and PPE). Please reference the Chemifloc website for revised SDS and Specification. 

All Chemifloc road tankers and articulated trucks carrying Aluminium Sulphate solution are ADR certified and from January 1st 2018 they will carry placards and markings for UN3264. Chemifloc currently has a fleet of 32 road tankers of which 18 are used for transporting Aluminium Sulphate solution.

12 Chemifloc Employees Complete Occupational First Aid Course

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12 Chemifloc Employees Complete Occupational First Aid Course

Shannon, Co. Clare, 17 July 2017: 12 Chemifloc employees have become qualified ‘first responders’ after successfully completing specialist training in Occupational First Aid as part of the company’s health and safety programme. The Chemifloc first responders team received comprehensive training in workplace first aid including cardiac response and the use of defibrillators.

Fergal Gallagher, Health and Safety Manager for Chemifloc said, “Congratulations to everyone who received their Fetac Level 5 certificate in Occupational First Aid. It is a tremendous achievement and will be of benefit to them here at work and in their own homes. Chemifloc achieved the OHSAS18001 Health and Safety Management standard in early 2016 and we are committed to maintaining this standard by practicing and promoting health and safety in a variety of ways. All of our employees are trained in Health and Safety awareness. In addition, one third of our employees are now trained in Occupational First Aid.”

The Shannon-based employees to complete the course are: Niamh Brady, Fergal Lawless, Deirdre O’Connor, Martin Hehir, Adrian Doyle, Kevin Bergin, John Dillon, Ciaran Larkin, Aileen O’Brien, Susan O’Donnell, Eamon Nunan and Michael Hayes.


Chemifloc, which now employs over 40 people at its manufacturing facility in Smithstown and its storage facility in Foynes is one of Shannon’s longest established indigenous employers, manufacturing of chemical treatments used to produce safe drinking water for Irish homes and businesses and to protect the environment by treating wastewater since 1981.


Pictured L-R: Deirdre O'Connor, Ciaran Larkin, Niamh Brady, Helen Downes, Chief Executive at Shannon Chamber, Fergal Lawless, Executive Director at Chemifloc, John Dillon, Fergal Gallagher, SHEQ Manager at Chemifloc and Eamon Nunan, Projects Manager at Chemifloc.


Chemifloc Supports Clare Rose on her Rose of Tralee Journey

Chemifloc Supports Clare Rose on her Rose of Tralee Journey

Co. Clare’s Rose for this year’s Rose of Tralee Festival, Aoife Murray, is excited to have received some support for her journey by Shannon-headquartered Chemifloc.

Chemifloc’s support will help Aoife, originally from Sixmilebridge but now working for Bank of Ireland in Dublin, to purchase outfits for Tralee.

Fergal Lawless, Executive Director, Chemifloc said; “We’re extremely happy to support Aoife on her journey to this year’s Rose of Tralee Festival and we want to wish her all the best on her way to the Dome in Tralee in August”.

Aoife Murray, The Clare Rose said; “I am delighted to have received some sponsorship from Chemifloc to help me purchase some outfits and help me on my Rose of Tralee Journey. I am very grateful for Fergal Lawless and staff for looking after me.”



Pictured L-R: Aoife Murray, Clare Rose for the Rose of Tralee Festival 2017 and Fergal Lawless, Executive Director of Chemifloc.

Chemifloc Invest €500,000 in New Laboratory at Smithstown HQ

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Chemifloc Invest €500,000 in New Laboratory at Smithstown HQ

Shannon, Co. Clare 30th May 2017: Shannon headquartered company Chemifloc, the largest producer of water treatment chemicals in Ireland, has recently invested €500,000 in a new laboratory which will enable the company to develop and test new treatment processes for the production of clean drinking water.

The investment will see the creation of 2 new jobs and will be operated under the supervision of Eamon Nunan who has 40 years expertise in this field. The new facility will also provide training courses to water plant operators in carrying out water studies and testing.

Fergal Lawless, Executive Director of Chemifloc said: “Chemifloc is a wholly Irish owned company specialising in water treatment systems to deliver drinking water to homes and businesses throughout the island of Ireland. With this significant investment in additional and new water treatment laboratories, we can ensure to provide the best facilities possible for local authorities and private companies to carry out important coagulation studies and treatment tests. This investment follows on from our recently announced investment in new facilities at Foynes Shannon Port and will position us strongly for continued growth”.

Eamon Nunan, Projects Manager at Chemifloc said: “Good quality drinking water is essential for public health. Chemifloc is expert in coagulation – the process whereby impurities are identified in water and we also manufacture the chemicals that ensure our water is safe to drink. This investment will help us to remain at the forefront of our industry as Irish Water invests in new water treatment systems. Chemifloc will also partner with Irish Water to ensure their operators are skilled in the area of water testing”.

Helen Downes, Chief Executive of Shannon Chamber of Commerce said: “Chemifloc is an excellent example of an indigenous company who, through continuous investment in research and development, has greatly enhanced its product offerings. It’s a little known fact that a Shannon company plays such an important role in ensuring that the water we drink is of the highest standard, but a fact that reinforces the sophistication of Irish-owned enterprise. This latest and significant investment is commendable as it demonstrates intent to operate to the highest standards and to enable drinking water suppliers to do likewise.”

Chemifloc Supports Foynes Community Efforts

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Chemifloc Supports Foynes Community Efforts

Foynes & District Community Council’s fundraising efforts to carry out much needed works on the roof on the community centre got a boost with a donation from Chemifloc, which operates bulk storage facilities at Shannon Foynes Port.

Chemifloc’s support for the upcoming Foynes Shannonside LipSync battle in the South Court Hotel on June 3rd will also help Shannonside FC continue to make improvements to the newly opened Shannonside FC pitch in Brigone.

Fergal Lawless, Executive Director, Chemifloc said; “Chemifloc has had a presence in the Foynes Port for over 12 years and is pleased to be support our neighbours in Foynes. The Lip-Sync Battle promises to be great fun and we wish everyone participating a successful evening”.

Grainne Walsh Foynes & District Community Council said; “On behalf of the community council and Shannonside FC I’d like to thank Chemifloc for their support which will help us to undertake the essential work needed on the community centre and also at the pitch facilities at Shannonside FC.”



Pictured L-R: Fergal Lawless, Executive Director of Chemifloc, Grainne Walsh, Foynes & District Community Council and Dr. Edwin Roycroft, Technical Director at Chemifloc.


Chemifloc Supports Shannon Olympic AFC

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Chemifloc Supports Shannon Olympic AFC

Chemifloc is pleased to support Shannon Olympic AFC which this year is celebrating 30 years providing soccer to the Shannon community. Chemifloc’s logo will now be proudly displayed pitch side alongside that of other club supporters.

Fergal Lawless, Executive Director, Chemifloc said; “Chemifloc opened in Smithstown in 1981 and six years later Shannon Olympic AFC was founded so we both have deep roots in the Shannon and we are very happy to support the club and its endeavours”.

Tony Hanrahan, Chairman of Shannon Olympic said; “The support of Chemifloc is greatly valued and I would like to thank Chemifloc for their generosity to our club.”



Pictured L-R: Tony Hanrahan, Chairman of Shannon Olympic AFC and Fergal Lawless, Executive Director of Chemifloc.


Chemifloc Announce €5 Million Investment in Shannon Foynes Port for New Bulk Storage Facility

  • L-R: Fergal Lawless, Executive Director of Chemifloc, Captain Hugh Conlon, Assistant Harbour Master at Shannon Foynes Port Company and Dr. Edwin Roycroft, Technical Director at Chemifloc
  • L-R: Fergal Lawless, Executive Director of Chemifloc, Captain Hugh Conlon, Assistant Harbour Master at Shannon Foynes Port Company and Dr. Edwin Roycroft, Technical Director at Chemifloc

Shannon headquartered company Chemifloc, the largest producer of water treatment chemicals in Ireland, has completed a €5 million investment in new bulk liquid chemical storage facilities at Shannon Foynes Port Company’s largest port at Foynes, Co. Limerick.

Five new jobs will be created by Chemifloc, bringing total employment in the Shannon headquartered company to over 40 people. This latest investment brings to over €10 million Chemifloc’s investment in Shannon Foynes Port since it established bulk storage facilities there in 2005.

Chemifloc’s facility at Foynes Port is now the most advanced in the country and positions the company as it embarks on an expansion programme into new sectors including the electronics, pharmaceutical, dairy and manufacturing industries.

Fergal Lawless, Executive Director of Chemifloc said, "Chemifloc is a wholly Irish owned company specialising in water treatment systems to deliver drinking water to homes and businesses throughout the island of Ireland. Chemifloc products are also used to protect the environment by treating wastewater. We are now building on over 30 years of our specialist experience in the water treatment sector to identify new markets for our products and services. Expanding our capacity to handle bulk liquid materials is a natural evolution for us and meets a growing need for companies across Ireland."

Mr. Lawless added that Chemifloc has recently expanded into the export market and is now supplying customers in the UK and Eastern Europe with products manufactured at its Smithstown facility. "We are ambitious to grow the company and we want to continue to create new employment at our manufacturing site at Smithstown in Shannon and at our facility in Shannon Foynes Port", he said.

Dr. Edwin Roycroft, Technical Director at Chemifloc said, "Our investment in a new bulk storage facility in Shannon Foynes Port comes at a critical time. Many existing bulk storage facilities for liquid industrial chemicals are nearing the end of their usable life and this investment will ensure security of supply for liquid materials required by many of Ireland's leading industries including in the dairy, pharmaceutical, electronics and manufacturing sectors. With uncertainty created by Brexit it will benefit many companies to be able to access our bulk storage facility in Limerick rather than trucking the product from facilities in the UK".

Pat Keating, CEO at Shannon Foynes Port Company (SFPC) welcomed the investment, saying, "Chemifloc’s significant investment at Foynes Port is another vote of confidence in SFPC and the facilities we have to offer. The Port Authority facilitates €7.6bn of trade per annum and we are positioning the port for further growth and large-scale inward investment. The port is in strong growth-mode and during 2016 alone, throughputs grew by 11% at our general cargo terminals. In order to facilitate this pace of growth and to enable investment like that from Chemifloc, we are maintaining a strong investment programme and, to that end, recently completed the €12m Phase 1 of our jetty expansion program at Foynes and preliminaries have already commenced for the €25m second phase."

Chemifloc's commitment to the Environment

Chemifloc is an indigenous Irish owned company setup in Shannon in 1981.  Chemifloc operate in a highly regulated and statutorily audited industry and have operated under the control of the Environmental Protection Agency for the past 22 years.

Environmental stewardship is integral to every decision we make.

Chemifloc take our responsibility to our over 50 employees, our local community in Shannon and the environment very seriously.  A core pillar of our company philosophy is that environmental stewardship is integral to every decision we make.  Environmental stewardship is especially important to us considering that we manufacture water and wastewater treatment products, used in water and wastewater treatment plants across Ireland, which are specifically developed and designed to protect the public health and receiving environment from pollution.

It is reassuring that Ireland has implemented a transparent environmental regulatory system based on EU Directives for over 20 years.  This system supports the principles enshrined in the Aarhus Convention whereby the public can access relevant information and participate in decision making that affects the environment.  Chemifloc is fully licensed by an Industrial Emissions Licence (IEL) – formerly known as an Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control Licence (IPPCL) – authorised and regulated by the EPA.  The EPA are prohibited from granting such a licence unless they are satisfied that the site meets the substantial environmental requirements set out in legislation and that Best Available Technology is utilised onsite.  Further information regarding the licensing process and details regarding our IEL are available on the EPA website (www.epa.ie).

Our policy is to maintain proactive and constructive interactions with all relevant regulatory agencies in order to ensure we maintain compliance with all relevant statutory and regulatory obligations.  These interactions typically include: routine and annual reporting; changes in practices and protocols; amendments to our IEL and; development onsite to reflect new, updated or revised legislation and guidance.

In 2012, there was a regrettable accident onsite which resulted in the temporary hospitalisation of eight employees, interruption to local businesses and uncontrolled release of material to atmosphere.  The incident was fully investigated by the company and all of the relevant regulatory authorities.  After the careful consideration of the results of the investigation, significant changes to the relevant processes and practices onsite were introduced to the satisfaction of the relevant agencies.  The site is also now independently accredited by the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) to the following internationally-recognised and best practice certification schemes:

•    Occupational Health and Safety (OHSAS 18001)
•    Environmental Management (ISO 14001)

We are also system certified by NSAI for our Quality Management System (QMS ISO 9001).  These certification schemes are independently audited and include regular site visits and inspections by the accreditation bodies.

The independent certification process, coupled with site visits, inspections (including unannounced inspections), audits and monitoring from regulatory agencies including the EPA and HSA mean that since 2012 we have had 57 site visit and monitoring events by independent agencies/bodies.  The table below, outlines the breakdown of these events.

Year Health & Safety Authority Environmental Protection Agency National Standards Authority of Ireland National Standards Authority of Ireland Clare County Council
    (inc. Site Audits, Visits, Inspections & Site Monitoring) (Independent Health & Safety Site Visits) (Independent Environmental Site Visits) (Continuous atmospheric odour assessment)
2012
1
9 - - -
2013 5 10 - 1 -
2014 2 4 - 1 -
2015 2 6 2 1 Continuous
2016 1 5 1 1 Continuous
2017 2 2 1 - Continuous
TOTAL 13 36 4 4 Continuous

Note that this table does not include the many phone and email communications we have with these bodies or the substantial amount of daily, weekly and monthly self-monitoring practices that are completed according to the site Environmental Management System and under the direction of the dedicated Safety, Health, Environment and Quality team led by the SHEQ Manager who is also part of the senior management team.  We have also attached a copy of our annually-reviewed Safety, Health, Environment and Quality (SHEQ) Policy for your information.

As mentioned above and as reflected in our SHEQ Policy, environmental stewardship is integral to all aspects of the business, therefore it is difficult to estimate a specific figure exclusively attributable to environmental compliance as we would contend that every euro spent onsite incorporates this philosophy.