Whether you're 'green' or not, your business is obliged to protect the environment as part of its safety, health and environment responsibilities. Scotland has just introduced a new climate change plan to reduce carbon emissions. But you don't have to do anything that drastic. Your business can comply with the OHSA's safety, health and environment responsibilities in two easy steps.
Because its North Sea oil and gas industry pulled Europe out of the oil crises of the 1970s, Scotland is known as the energy capital of the EU. It's now serious about renewable energy by focusing on safety, health and environment issues in its offshore wind industry, reports Herman K Trabish on the Greentechmedia website.
This includes a new climate change plan that includes ambitious carbon emissions reduction targets stretching over the next 14 years.
And the French government has just set out a law forcing all non-residential buildings to turn off their lights at night, according to the News.com.au website.
This is important as your workplace can affect the environment either positively or negatively.
But does your business comply with its environmental obligations, as set out in the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA)?
How eco-friendly is your company?
As a health and safety professional, you need to focus on Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) factors, like how eco-friendly your company is when it comes to 'using energy to heat and cool the building, to bring products into it, and to remove waste from it.', This has a major impact on your company's cash-flow, the community and the planet, the Health and Safety Bulletin reports.
Two ways to make sure your business complies with its SHE responsibilities
1. The easiest way to comply is to assess the carbon footprint of your company, office or home. You can work this out by accessing a free online carbon footprint calculator, which lets you factor in how much carbon emissions you offset by typing in the amount of electricity and fuel you use.
The Food and Trees for Africa calculatorworks out how many trees you'll need to plant to offset your carbon emissions.
2. You can also follow France's example by switching off all equipment, air conditioning units, computers, printers, photocopiers and lights when not in use.
Take these steps today to ensure your company meets its SHE responsibilities – the environment will thank you.
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