NEBOSH Award in Environmental Awareness at Work

The key to effective environmental management is employee involvement at each stage of the process. This course provides an understanding of the main environmental issues facing Irish companies and identifies areas where employees own awareness and performance can improve the overall environmental performance of the company. This course will provide the foundations of environmental awareness and give delegates an understanding of pollution, impact assessments and emergencies.

Delivery Mode

  • Customised

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What's covered?

Element 1 – Foundations of environmental awareness

  • Meaning of key environmental terms
  • Sustainability
  • Components and certification of an environmental management system

Element 2 – Pollution, impact assessment and emergencies

  • Principles and practice of risk assessments
  • Air, water and land pollution
  • Environmental noise
  • Waste management
  • Environmental emergencies
  • Exam : Multiple Choice

Who should participate?

This course will be of interest to all personnel who need to understand the interaction between their company, its environmental management system and the environment.

What will I learn?

Participants achieve the following learning outcomes from the programme;

  • Identify the meaning of: the environment, weather, climate, habitats, ecosystems, biodiversity, pollution, sustainability
  • Identify the importance and benefits of sustainable development
  • Identify an environmental management system’s main components and the certification process
  • Outline the principles and practice of impact (risk) assessments
  • Identify the main sources, types, controls and impacts of air pollution
  • Identify the main sources, controls and impacts of water pollution
  • Identify the main sources, controls and impacts of environmental noise
  • Identify waste types
  • Identify the waste hierarchy and ways to effectively manage waste
  • Outline the measures that need to be in place when dealing with emergencies

Who are the tutors?

Cheryl Robertson

Cheryl Robertson is a qualified ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 Auditor and has led many companies to successful ISO certification. Cheryl started her career in the oil and gas industry in Aberdeen as a QHSE Advisor while studying for a degree in Change Management and Chemistry. After completing her Masters in Waste Management she decided to pursue a career in EHS Management Consultancy.

Since joining Antaris in 2012, Cheryl has worked with numerous clients, helping them to identify and meet their legal obligations with the use of the Pegasus Legal Register, an Environment, Health & Safety, Energy, Employment and Company Law tool, developed by Antaris. As part of this remit she has hosted online webinars, conducted online and face-to-face training and presented training videos to accompany the Pegasus Legal Register. She has over 15 years’ experience spanning a variety of industries including education, food production, waste, construction, energy and engineering and has worked with companies of all sizes from SME to multi-national.

Cheryl has worked on a number of innovative projects including the development of a self-assessment legal compliance tool for the Environment Agency, England. She also co-developed the Contour EHS compliance tool adopted by the CBI (Confederation of British Industry) and was a key member of the team that developed British Standard 8555, which provides a phased approach to Environmental Management.

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.

How will I be assessed?

Certificate students need to register with a NEBOSH approved centre to sit their exams. (SQT is a NEBOSH Approved Centre 551).

The assessment process for delegates consists of a multiple choice examination that will take 30 minutes. Delegates must achieve a pass in the examination paper to be awarded the NEBOSH Award in Environmental Awareness at Work.

For applicants whose first language is not English, NEBOSH recommends a minimum English language competency of IELTS 5 (or equivalent). It is important to note that learners are not expected to have an IELTS or equivalent examination complete. Potential delegates are expected to self-assess their English language competency against the IELTS Band scores which can be found in this document.

Please note that NEBOSH have a Policy and procedures for access arrangements, reasonable adjustments and special consideration.

How do we train and support you?

In-House Courses
For In-House courses, the Tutor will contact the Course Organiser in advance to discuss the programme in more detail in order to tailor it specifically to the organisation.

Course Manual
Delegates will receive a very comprehensive course manual.

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