The Advantages of Environmental Health and Safety Training
The increase in popularity of environmental health and safety training courses is due to the increasing pressures that are being placed upon businesses from both a legal and a financial perspective. This has resulted in a much greater need for environmental courses and qualifications like the NEBOSH Environmental Certificate and Diploma.
From a legal point of view, those directors and managers responsible for running a business must ensure that it complies with all applicable legislation with regards to the environment and aspects such as pollution. A failure to learn and understand this legislation, as well as not implementing appropriate safety and control measures to prevent breaches, can result in substantial fines which can have severe financial consequences for the company, as well as possible imprisonment for those in charge if the occurrence is severe enough to warrant criminal charges in the particular jurisdiction.
The financial consequences include those mentioned in the paragraph above in terms of fines for breaches, but also include the potential lost sales from damage to the company's reputation that would come from boycotts of the firm's products or services if they became known as major polluters themselves or were heavily associated with suppliers that are. Examples of environmental events which can cause serious damage to brand image and reputation include oil spills, destruction of large swathes of animal habitat or deforestation to construct new buildings, and the testing of cosmetic products on animals. The drop in sales as a result of this shunning of the company's products can be so serious that it may even force the business into bankruptcy.