Pollution Can Be Minor Too
When many people think of environmental pollution, they think of giant oil spills in the ocean or sprawling factories pumping out copious amounts of toxic gases into the atmosphere. Whilst this is obviously a major example of damage to the environment, it does not mean that small polluters can carry on without considering the local environment and how they impact upon it. Whilst they may not be a big polluter in comparison to the examples above, the sum of the many small producers is likely to have much more of an impact on the planet as a single large polluter. For this reason, all businesses, both minor polluters and major ones, need to actively find ways to reduce their emissions and other ways in which they negatively impact the environment.
A number of courses in health and safety now contain elements in the syllabus which cover the environment and environmental awareness, such is the growing importance of this area, both in terms of legislative requirements and the potential damage to reputation and brand image that can come from being portrayed as a company which damages the environment. Construction courses like the SMSTS Site Management course deal with the environment, as a construction site has numerous different ways in which its operations can damage the environment, including the accidental release of chemicals into nearby watercourses, the disposal of waste, and release of dust into the air. There are also pure environmental courses and qualifications like the NEBOSH Environmental Certificate which is designed for those who are responsible for the management of environmental issues within their place of work, including the implementation of environmental management systems and controls. Many of those achieving the Environmental Certificate often go on to do the NEBOSH Environmental Diploma afterwards.
The protection of the environment is the responsibility of all, including both big businesses and small. Through increased awareness from environmental health and safety courses, all businesses can do more to manage their impact upon the environment.