Working with environmental responsibilities

Working with environmental responsibilities – overview

This course follows the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health’s syllabus. A one-day programme,
it is suitable for all people at all levels in the workplace and gives a basic introduction to the principles
of environmental management. It focuses on:

  • The environment in context
  • Identifying environmental hazard
  • Environmental Management Systems
  • Controlling your environmental risks

Full details below or download course outline.

Learning objectives

On successful completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the terms ‘environment’ and ‘pollution’
  • Understand the terms ‘hazard’ and ‘risk’ related to the environment
  • Better appreciate environmental issues generally, and specifically in respect of their organisation
  • Identify hazards to the environment from working practices
  • Outline the procedures/controls necessary to prevent damage to the environment
Who should attend?

The course is intended for staff from any sector, regardless of whether they have supervisory or
managerial responsibility or not.
Course format

A one-day course involving formal presentations, videos and workshop exercises. The inter-active
nature of the programme requires that it be limited to no more than 16 participants.
Expert trainer

Subash is a Past President and current (2015) vice-chair of the Board of Trustees of the Chartered Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).

A Chartered Fellow of IOSH, Subash has a wealth of experience in risk management, having worked across a range of sectors and disciplines in a truly diverse 25-year career to date.

Having qualified originally as an Occupational Hygienist, Subash started his professional career in local government before moving on to the brewing industry, working for Grand Metropolitan and Courage Brewing as their regional SHE Manager. His next career move led him to Rentokil Initial, where he spent eight years, the last two as a board director within Initial Catering Services.

In 2002, Subash founded a successful risk management and loss control consultancy that provides services to blue chip companies, as well as to a large number of SMEs, around the world.

Subash is an experienced health and safety trainer and public speaker. He contributes regularly to a number of health and safety publications as well as writing the successful ‘common sense guide to…’ series of books published by Routledge. He has been involved in the production of several health and safety documents for trade associations and for the Health and Safety Executive.

Outside the world of work, Subash was a public member of Network Rail (2008-11), is a serving Magistrate and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA).

An experienced trainer, he has a unique ability to captivate his audiences, as the following comments show:

‘Fantastic trainer who totally engaged and motivated the group.’

‘Subash again performed with knowledge, information and humour.’

‘Very well presented. I think the subject was demonstrated in a manner that meant all attendees were able to absorb and understand all items covered.’

‘I actually quite enjoyed the course!!’

‘A good course, excellent content and very well paced.’

‘Subash was extremely knowledgeable – a H&S encyclopaedia.’

‘A lot more interesting and engaging than expected!’

‘The speaker clearly had a significant breadth and depth of understanding and experience of the subject.

‘Excellent use of case studies and ‘real life’ examples. A real professional.

Working with environmental responsibilities – course outline

1 What is the environment? – putting the environment in context

  • Key environmental issues and how we contribute
  • Definition of the environment

2 Working with the environment

  • What is pollution?
  • Sources, receptors and pathways
  • Environmental consequences workshop – identifying the environmental consequences of our
    working practices
  • Environmental risk assessment
  • Effective control mechanisms

3 Protecting the environment – Environmental Management Systems

  • What is an Environmental Management System (EMS)?
  • What are the benefits of having an EMS?
  • EMS structure and models
  • Identifying what elements of EMS your company has and how they work
  • Roles and responsibilities.

4 Choice of module

  • Option 1: Organisation-specific module
    • – This module can be used to introduce environmental concepts that are specific to your
      activities and operations, and will be compiled through discussion with your organisation.
  • Option 2: Environmental best practice
    • – If no organisation-specific module is required, or if participants from a number of
      organisations attend, generic operational environmental best practices can be covered
      instead. Areas covered include waste management, fuel storage and use, hazardous
      materials, emissions to air and water and environmental incidents.