Water and Environmental Training
Water is essential for life on earth, including humans, animals, and microscopic organisms. As well as water being required for life-sustaining biological processes such as energy generation, contaminated water can prove damaging or deadly, so not only is the availability of water imperative, but also its composition. This means that activities which do or may affect water quality are strongly scrutinised and controlled by environmental health and safety legislation, regulations and directives.
Environmental issues are having an ever-increasing effect upon businesses on what they can and cannot do, as well as their responsibilities with regards to environmental management and their impact upon their surroundings. It is for this reason that environmental health and safety training has increased exponentially over the last decade or two. Courses such as the NEBOSH Environmental Certificate and NEBOSH Environmental Diploma are obviously focused upon environmental issues and management, whilst many other accredited health and safety courses are covering environmental responsibilities on their respective syllabuses including the NEBOSH General Certificate, IOSH Managing Safely and construction courses such as the Site Managers SMSTS course.
Along with the general theory which goes with how to prevent pollution to local watercourses including lakes and rivers, businesses also need to be aware of the often numerous legislation which applies to them and is there to avoid pollution and contamination of water. A failure to learn this legislation and any subsequent breaches of it can result in serious legal consequences for the organisation or even the managers and directors personally. Ignorance of the law is not a defence, so there is no other alternative except to learn and familiarise yourself with it before a contravention occurs and it is by then too late.