Environmental Legislation

This course is available for virtual delivery – please contact us for further details (1 face-to-face training day typically translates into 2 to 4 virtual sessions per day, this is determined by the specific course content. Number of sessions and specific session times will be confirmed in advance of course delivery.)   This one-day course is designed for personnel who wish to gain an appreciation of Irish and EU environmental legislation. The environment has become an important factor in the overall business strategy of companies in Ireland. Environmental issues are becoming increasingly complex. Traditional ways of addressing environmental issues - in a reactive ad-hoc manner - are proving to be highly unsatisfactory. Environmental laws and regulations are becoming more stringent and are proving to be extremely onerous for business.

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What's covered?

Overview of environmental legislation in Ireland

  • Planning & Development Act, 2000 and Planning & Development Regulations
  • EC (EIA) Regulations 1989 to 2011
  • Air Pollution Act, 1987 and related regulations
  • Local Government (Water Pollution) Acts, 1977 to 1990 and related regulations
  • Dangerous Substances Acts, 1972 to 1979 and related regulations
  • Waste Management Act, 1996 and related regulations
  • EC (Control of Major Accident Hazards Involving Dangerous Substances) Regulations 2006
  • Access to Information on the Environment Regulation, 2007 and amendment regulation 2011
  • Protection of the Environment Act, 2003
  • Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road Act, 1998 and Regulations, 2011
  • REACH Regulation
  • Energy/Product Stewardship
  • Energy legislation including European Communities (Energy Performance of Buildings) Regulations
  • Safety, Health & Welfare at Work Act, 2005
  • Impending EU environmental legislation

Who should participate?

  • Personnel who are responsible for monitoring the implications of environmental legislation for their company.
  • Personnel responsible for maintaining the EMS in their company.

The course will also be of interest to managers responsible for control of polluting emissions to the various media, such as wastewater effluent, gaseous emissions, hazardous and non-hazardous waste.

What will I learn?

Participants achieve the following learning outcomes from the programme;

  • Have a broad understanding of Irish and EU environmental legislation.
  • Appreciate the significance of environmental legislation in the context of Clause 4.3.2 "legal and other requirements" of ISO 14001.

Who are the tutors?

Finbarr Stapleton

Finbarr Stapleton, Antaris, has a B.Sc. in Industrial Chemistry and a Diploma in Occupational Health & Safety and is a member of IOSH. He has over thirty years experience, initially as Laboratory Manager in an Analytical Laboratory, a number of years experience as an EHS Manager in the Food Industry and subsequently in technical consultancy.

He has successfully implemented OHSAS 18001/45001, ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO 50001 in a large number of industries. He has extensive experience of quality management and environmental and health and safety management systems, energy management, waste management as well as environmental and health and safety legislation. He is a qualified Auditor of ISO 9001, OHSAS 18001/ISO 45001, ISO 14001 and ISO 50001 management systems. Finbarr has also extensive experience of energy management systems such as ISO 50001. He has carried out a number of projects on behalf of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).
He regularly carries out audits and risk assessments for client companies. He has also qualified as a dangerous goods safety adviser.

Finbarr has assisted a number of companies in making successful applications to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) for an IPPC (Integrated Pollution Prevention & Control) licence and has also carried out Environmental Impact Assessments for a number of companies.

Finbarr also holds an NUI Certificate in Training and Continuing Education. He is the lead tutor for the Nebosh International Certificate and Diploma courses.


Nick Smyth

Nick Smyth graduated from the University of Limerick in 1981 with a BSc in Manufacturing Technology having taken the Materials Engineering specialisation. He has worked as a Technical, Q.A./Materials Engineering and E.H.S. professional for 24 years, which included management roles in Intel Ireland, Johnson and Johnson, DeBeers Industrial Diamond, SPS International, Abbott Ireland and Fulflex International. He holds qualifications in Quality Assurance/Management, Lead Auditing, Safety Health and Welfare at Work, Occupational Hygiene and Environmental Management.

Nick also holds an NUI Certificate in Training and Continuing Education, and a CAE certificate in Accessible Environments and the Disability Discrimination Act.
He joined Antaris in June of 2005 and provides consultancy and SQT training services in his areas of experience and expertise.


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