The NEBOSH environmental certificate - what is involved?
The NEBOSH environmental certificate
is once of the most recent additions to the NEBOSH arsenal. It consists of two units of learning EC1 Management and control of environmental hazards and EC2 Environmental practical application. The first modules EC1 is expected to consist of 35 hours of taught material and 25 hours of individual study by the candidate. The second module EC2 lasts for around 10 hours, two of those being guidance from the tutor and the rest time in which to complete the assignment.
Unit 1 in more detail.
The first unit of the NEBOSH environmental certificate
contains most of the theory material. It is broken up into nine different elements. Each of which are relevant to the field of environmental management.
Element one - foundations in environmental management lasts around six hours and covers what environmental management is and should address, the reasons for managing environmental impact including legal, ethical and financial aspects, defining and promoting sustainability and the role that governments and international bodies have in environmental management.
The second element of unit 1 of the NEBOSH environmental certificate
is known as Environmental management systems. It covers covers the reasons behind putting an EMS in place and the relevant standards such as ISO 14001 : 2004 . This unit lasts six hours.
The third element of unit 1 of the NEBOSH environmental certificate
, known as Environmental impact assessment, covers in seven hours the reasons why we carry out environmental impact assessments, what environmental impact is, descriptions of the different types, how to identify information on environmental impact and how to assesses their impact.
Unit 4 is known as - Control of emissions to air is a shorter element and covers in 2 hours what the air quality standards are, what emissions are hazardous to the atmosphere and how to control these.
The fifth element of unit 1 of the NEBOSH environmental certificate
is: Control of contamination of water sources. It covers in three hours, why water quality is essential to life, what the sources of pollution to water are and how to control and reduce these.
Element 6 - Control of waste and land use covers over a four hour timespan the risks of contaminated land, outlets that can be used to dispose of waste, how to manage waste, the reasons why minimising waste is crucial, how to categorise waste and which method of disposal to use for each type of waste.
Element 7 - Sources of energy and energy efficiency, lasting three hours, covers fossil fuels and alternative sources of energy. This module evaluates the benefits and problems which both types of energy, how to use energy efficiently and how to control energy usage.
Element 8 - Control of environmental noise, running across two hours covers where noise pollution can come from, how to control it and the effect that it can have.
Element 9 - Planning for and dealing with environmental emergencies, lasting two hours addresses how to dealing with environmental emergencies.
Unit 2 - Environmental practical application.
This unit is where candidates get the chance to put their knowledge into practice by writing a report on environmental management. The report will be particularly focused on the following issues: identifying the type and whereabouts of each issue, how much risk is associated with each issue, how to prevent or protect against this issue or how to remedy it if it has already occurred.