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Environmental Compliance is becoming increasingly important in the competitive marketplace; demonstrating compliance is crucial to staying one step ahead and maintaining reputation.

Construction activities can pose a high risk to the environment if not suitably managed and controlled. This course has been designed to provide delegates with a basic overall awareness of environmental issues relevant to construction activities.


In their consultation on the proposed Sector Plan for Strategic Infrastructure (Transport and Utilities), the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency recognised that knowledge is a key issue in impeding compliance achievement. Within that they identified that “the workforce is not adequately trained in environmental issues” and that there “is a poor awareness of environmental obligations”.
Analysis of two £100 million plus projects provides evidence to support these assumptions. Between the two projects, 33% of the incidents reported were due to a lack of site operative/engineer knowledge or awareness. This was the single largest root cause and therefore offers the greatest opportunity to improve environmental compliance.
When Enforcement Officers are assessing an incident they will of course look at the incident itself, but they are starting to look at the control measures put in place, do the RAMS provide enough information for the operative to remain compliant, is the operative aware of their obligations? The agencies will start looking up the management chain to discover where the failing occurred. If, as a Principle Contractor, you train your operatives on their environmental obligations, the chances of non-compliance diminish which reduces the risk of enforcement action against yourself or your company.
Unlike other environmental awareness courses on the market, this course focuses on the basics of remaining compliant in the high-risk areas of water management and pollution control, waste, Invasive Non-Native Species and protected species and places.


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Programme Overview
This training course starts at 09:30 and finishes at 15:30 with refreshment breaks mid-morning and afternoon, plus lunch. All timings, except the start time, are approximate and may be adjusted to suit natural breaks in the lesson.
  • Session 1 - Introduction
  • Session 2 - Environment Management
  • Session 3 - Water Management and Pollution Control
  • Session 4 - Waste and Materials Management
  • Session 5 - Protected Species and Designated Sites
  • Session 6 - Biosecurity and Management of Invasive Non-natives and Noxious Plants
  • Session 7 - Restoration
  • Session 8 - Exam
There will be an examination lasting 30 minutes at the end of the course. A pass mark of 70% is required for successful completion of the course.
Learning Objectives
By the end of this course delegates should have an awareness of:
  • The environmental legislation, offences and penalties relevant to construction works
  • What a Construction Environment Management Plan is and how it should be used
  • Who the key regulators are for environmental performance
  • How surface water should be managed on site to prevent pollution and comply with environmental legislation
  • How materials should be managed on site to reduce waste, save money and comply with environmental legislation
  • Duty of care
  • What the main protected species and habitats are and how they should be protected during construction works
  • What invasive species may be encountered and how to safely and legally handle them
  • Key steps to take during the construction phase to aid and improve post-construction restoration
Klare Chamberlain
Klare has over 12 years experience in the environmental sector.  She holds a Masters in Environmental Conservation Management, is a Qualified Environmental Management System Lead Auditor and is a member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment. 

Klare has worked across the UK and in Australia for a number of leading Environmental Organisations.  Her experience in environmental compliance is wide ranging and she has a thorough understanding of environmental protection and compliance. 

She boasts both the Environment Agency and Scottish Environment Protection Agency as previous employers where she has worked directly as a regulating officer.  Klare has extensive experience in the fields of waste management, surface water management and pollution prevention and has worked on numerous large scale construction projects including pipelines, power station construction, wind farms, mining developments and residential. 
Simon Knott
Over 7 years experience in the environmental sector, he holds a Biology and Zoology BSc followed by Waste with Environmental Management post graduate studies.

He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management and the Association of Ecological and Environmental Clerk of Works.

Simon has worked throughout the United Kingdom and has extensive experience of advising and auditing construction activities to environmental management systems and legislation.
Who Should Attend?
This course is intended for delegates working in the construction and engineering sectors requiring a basic understanding of the environment and its protection, including but not limited to:
  • Civil Engineers
  • Structural Engineers
  • Project Managers

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