Key Courses to Teach Environmental Awareness in Construction
Historically, Construction courses have been related to Health and Safety, different plant and machinery training and different specific areas related to Construction (such as NRSWA, Scaffolding or Working at Height). Environmental awareness is a relative newcomer but has been much welcomed by those in the industry as it is obvious that this awareness needs to grow.
Different environmental accreditation and awareness courses specific to the Construction sector include CITB and IOSH
The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) accredited course related to the environment; the Site Environmental Awareness Training course (SEATS) is part of the Site Safety Plus (SSP) scheme.
Right now, SEATS and all other CITB courses within SSP are available in two formats: traditional classroom training face-to-face and as e-learning options. The course content is the same, the delivery is different. This is due to COVID-19 and CITB’s emergency procedures in relation to the pandemic, however this may change in the future.
SEATS offers an introduction to environmental issues faced on construction sites and is aimed sub-contractors who need to demonstrate this knowledge to major contractors.
There are a range of topics covered including:
- Controlling and minimising the impact of the planned works on the environment
- Waste management onsite
- Different environmental management systems
- Pollution, different types, including water management
- What being a responsible contractor means and how to ensure this remains in place
The Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) accredited course that is in part related to the environment is the Health and Safety in a Construction Environment course. Those who pass this course will receive a globally recognised qualification which is valid for life and is also accepted by the CSCS as part of the Labourer ‘Green’ card application.
This course is not dedicated solely to environmental issues but does contain specific training on environmental management on construction sites. It is a single day course but does cover a range of eco-issues including waste management and ecology.
This course is only available as a face-to-face course; you can find the details here: https://www.bookmycourse.co.uk/courses/iosh_health_safety_in_a_construction_environment_532/
There are also specific courses dedicated to waste management; they are not only aimed at construction workers but also those from maintenance management, storage, transport and logistics departments with responsibility for management of industrial, commercial and domestic waste.
Waste management courses cover a range of topics designed to cut the cost of discarded materials, improve efficient use of resources and change the way candidates look at waste management as a whole. The environment consideration of course plays a role in this, as incorrectly managed waste is often detrimental to different eco systems.
Environmental management issues and systems is one big area of focus in this course, including disposing of waste carefully and ethically.
This course is only available as a face-to-face course; you can find the details here: https://www.bookmycourse.co.uk/courses/waste_management_93/