UK businesses failing to train staff on environment
Fewer than 25% of employees in the UK have received any training or advice on how to lessen their organisation’s environmental impact, according to the latest research from the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health.
A poll of 1,000 workers by NEBOSH has revealed that just 17% had been advised on how to improve their company’s energy efficiency and only 24% had been given information on basic environmental approaches such as recycling and waste management.
Teresa Budworth, NEBOSH CEO, said: “Encouraging staff to turn off lights and equipment when they're not needed or organising waste for recycling are simple environmental measures that every employer can introduce. However, it's clear from our research that only a small proportion workplaces in Britain offer information, advice or training on these issues.
“Involving staff can be a great way of improving environmental performance in the workplace. Most people are keen to do their bit. Often they just need a little bit of information and some encouragement to participate.”
The survey also revealed the workers in Scotland were the most likely to have received guidance on environmental matters, while those in the north of England the least likely.
The news came as government-run website Business Link launched a free online tool to help organisations assess their compliance against environmental legislation in the UK. Business Link, which provides free advice and support services for businesses, has created a series of questions to help businesses understand which permits and licences they need and to help them ensure they are using resources efficiently. For more information on the tool and to use it visit the Business Link website.
Published: 08 February 2011