Although it may not directly affect the health and safety of people or their wellbeing, developments which have a negative visual impact upon the environment are a major cause of concern for local residents and those who enjoy the scenery and picturesque beauty of an area.
One of the most common reasons for complaints result from the building of wind farms. This is because they need to be built in rural undeveloped areas in order to receive the most available wind to turn the blades, as surrounding buildings would block or disrupt the flow of air. An alternative option is to build them offshore in the sea, however this spoils the view from the coast and is another blot on the landscape. Whilst they produce clean energy which is commendable, for many people the environmental impact that wind farms cause is not worth it for the amount of electricity which they actually produce.
Along with the visual impact caused by wind farms and other methods of electricity generation, operations such as mining can also have a significant visual effect upon their surroundings and the local landscape, as it is necessary to dig and radically alter and disturb the ground above where the mineral deposits are situated. Mining also destroys animal habitats and can cause contamination of the land or pollution of nearby watercourses, which makes it an industry which is carefully monitored by environmental regulators and activists.
Environmental Health and Safety Training
It is more important these days than ever for companies to be aware of their environmental responsibilities and how their actions and operations affect the environment. As such, more and more are putting their employees on training courses in order to increase their knowledge and environmental awareness, with NEBOSH environmental courses such as the NEBOSH Environmental Certificate being amongst the most popular and respected of all. For more information on NEBOSH courses, please choose the "NEBOSH Courses" option from the "Health & Safety" drop-down at the top of the page.