Length:
1 Day
Additional Work:
None
Level:
Awareness
Delivery:
Classroom
Venues:
In-House
Pre-Qualifications:
None

Course from £899.00

+ VAT per delegate

Course Overview

This qualification provides an awareness of key environmental concepts and an introduction to environmental management systems.

Environmental issues impact on every organisation. The rising costs of energy and raw materials, growing awareness of stakeholders and increasing environmental legislation are forcing organisations to address their own environmental performance.

Many organisations have identified that tackling environmental issues can bring benefits to their business including reduced waste and utility costs, reduced liabilities and access to new markets and investors. This qualification has been designed for all members of staff whose activities could have a significant impact on the environment, or supervisors or managers who are being introduced to environmental issues for the first time.

The qualification covers the following topics:

  • Environmental impacts and sustainability
  • Understanding environmental aspects
  • Principles of environmental law
  • Energy use and carbon management
  • Resource efficiency and waste minimisation
  • Water management
  • Pollution prevention and emergency planning
  • Environmental management systems

Target audience

All members of staff whose activities could have a significant impact on the environment or supervisors or managers who are being introduced to environmental issues for the first time.

Assessment process

30 Multiple choice questions.

Environmental impacts and sustainability

  • Define the term ‘environment’.
  • Define the following terms and then explain the basic causes and consequences of each:
    • resource depletion
    • air, water and land pollution
    • climate change
    • loss of biodiversity
    • statutory nuisance.
  • Outline the principles of sustainability.
  • Identify environmental issues in their day-to-day life and understand the concept of personal social responsibility.

Understanding environmental aspects

Define the terms ‘environmental aspect’ and ‘environmental impact’.

Identify the environmental aspects and impacts of an organisation, with particular reference to:

  • inputs
  • operations
  • outputs

Outline the procedure for conducting a simple monitoring programme.

Explain the business benefits of environmental improvements.

Principles of environmental law

  • Explain the key principles of environmental law including:
    • Integrated pollution prevention and control
    • Polluter pays principle
    • Producer responsibilities
    • Precautionary principle
  • Outline the role of international law
  • Describe the roles of and differences between the main environmental regulators in the UK
  • State the consequences of infringing environmental laws
  • Outline Civil and statutory requirements for air, water and land pollution
  • Identify ways to ensure that an organisation complies with environmental laws

Energy use and carbon management

  • Explain the link between energy use, air emissions and the greenhouse effect.
  • Identify the relative contribution of major greenhouse gases and their sources.
  • Identify activities in the workplace that contribute to climate change.
  • Describe the possible impacts of climate change.
  • Outline how sustainable purchasing can lead to environmental and business benefits, e.g. selection of energy efficient equipment.
  • Identify simple measures for reducing energy consumption at work.
  • Identify and use equipment and materials that will minimise environmental damage.
  • Outline the principles of carbon footprinting.
  • Outline the key legal and voluntary commitments made to tackle climate change.

Resource efficiency and waste minimisation

  • Outline the impact of the consumer in driving environmental change.
  • Explain the benefits of resource efficiency and waste minimisation to the environment and the organisation.
  • Identify the most suitable choice of materials and equipment given the nature of the work activity and its potential impact on the environment.
  • Describe the environmental effects of resource inefficiency and a range of waste disposal methods.
  • Identify the steps of the waste hierarchy in order of environmental preference and give examples.
  • Define the terms ‘waste’, ‘duty of care’ and ‘producer responsibility’.
  • Describe the key types of waste including controlled, packaging, hazardous and WEEE.
  • Outline the legal requirements for the ‘duty of care’ with regards to waste.

Water management

  • State examples of the different types of emergency situations that might have an impact on the environment.
  • Define the terms ‘source’, ‘pathway’ and ‘receptor’ in the context of environmental risk management.
  • Outline the impact of pollution on humans, ecosystems and property.
  • Describe how prior preparation and provision of training and resources can mitigate effects.
  • Outline the action that should be taken in the event of an incident.
  • Describe the reporting requirements of pollution incidents to relevant people and organisations.

Pollution prevention and emergency planning

  • State examples of the different types of emergency situations that might have an impact on the environment.
  • Define the terms ‘source’, ‘pathway’ and ‘receptor’ in the context of environmental risk management.
  • Outline the impact of pollution on humans, ecosystems and property.
  • Describe how prior preparation and provision of training and resources can mitigate effects.
  • Outline the action that should be taken in the event of an incident.
  • Describe the reporting requirements of pollution incidents to relevant people and organisations.

Environmental management systems

  • State examples of the benefits to an organisation of adopting an environmental management system.
  • Describe what an environmental management system is and the stages involved in its implementation.
  • Describe the purpose of an environmental policy.
  • Describe the elements of a basic environmental action plan for a work area.
  • Outline the requirements for environmental management systems.
  • Understand the importance of engaging others to develop an integrated and common approach
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