Why Provide Environmental Training to Employees?
Although many businesses rightly consider health and safety training as a necessary and vital event to provide to their employees, not as many consider environmental training with the same enthusiasm or sense of necessity, even though the two topics are now often combined and grouped together, with trainers often specialising in both subjects. The fact is that with a growing sense of environmental responsibility amongst the population, not to mention an increasing amount of legislation on the issue, the need for environmental training is gaining in importance all of the time.
The presence of more environmental legislation and the enormous power of social media these days which can devastate the image and reputation (and ultimately, sales!) of a company practically overnight means that it is imperative for companies to take steps in order to comply with legislation and prevent environmental accidents and disasters. A failure to do so can result in serious financial consequences for them, not to mention potential criminal charges in severe instances, in the same way as a health and safety breach could end up doing. Managers and directors therefore need to ensure that environmental training is given the attention and priority which it deserves, especially at times when budgets are being squeezed.
Without training, people are unlikely to be aware of everything they need to know regarding how to act or perform a task or process in a desired manner. This applies to environmental issues also. It is remiss of managers and directors to assume that employees will have the required level of knowledge or, if they do, the desire to apply it as they go about their workplace duties. This is where environmental training courses like the popular NEBOSH Environmental Certificate come into play, as it will not only provide attending delegates with a thorough amount of environmental knowledge and best practice, but will also instil into them the necessity as to why the issues are so important from a moral and a legal perspective.
By providing your employees with environmental training in conjunction with health and safety training, not only do you have a workforce which knows how to conform and comply with applicable laws and legislation, but also one which will be far less likely to perform an action or inaction which could bring about an accident or incident that cause reputational and financial catastrophe for the company.