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Burning of Waste Materials


The burning of waste is often done as a quick and easy option to getting rid of the problem without disposing of the materials or substances in the appropriate and legal manner. As well as being detrimental to the surrounding environment, there may also be other unforeseen consequences. One example is damaging a person's health if the material contains harmful substances hazardous to health which are released when burnt. Breathing in harmful fumes is one of the most common forms of how hazardous substances can enter the body, and the risk and toxicity will depend upon the waste being burnt. If a large amount is being incinerated, the person may not know exactly what is mixed up in the pile.

Even if you know the exact contents of the waste to be burnt and are sure that no hazardous by-products will be produced, it may still not be possible to burn it. Along with any national environmental legislation in place, Local Authorities may also have implemented certain restrictions such as forbidding the emission of smoke, so it is important to be aware of all regulations that apply before undertaking any burning of waste or other materials.

Next environmental health and safety steps

As environmental considerations and environmental legislation have grown in prominence over the past decade or so, there is now a greater need than ever to assess how your organisation and the actions of your employees affects the local environment. As a result, there are a number of health and safety courses and qualifications which deal with environmental issues. Along with the NEBOSH Environmental Certificate and the NEBOSH Environmental Diploma, many other qualifications now contain elements or units which focus on the environment and the potential impact of workplace activities upon it, including the CITB/ConstructionSkills SMSTS qualification and IOSH Managing Safely courses.

We also provide bespoke environmental health and safety training courses if you have a group of employees requiring training and need a course which is tailored to how their specific actions and workplace activities can be altered to limit their impact upon the environment. For more information, please call us on 0844 800 3295 or send us an online contact form with a brief description of your requirements by clicking on the "Contact" tab at the top of the page.

Related Course

Please see below for more information on the NEBOSH Environmental Certificate:

NEBOSH Certificate in Environmental Management

The NEBOSH Environmental Certificate, or NEBOSH National Certificate in Environmental Management to give it its full title, is an environmental health and safety course which is intended to be taken by managers, supervisors and any other employees who are responsible for managing environmental issues at their workplace.

The NEBOSH Environmental Certificate qualification focuses on UK law, so is really only suitable for those who are based and operate within the UK.

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