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New Marine Environmental Law update!

by , 06 June 2014
The environment continues to take a massive hit as the commercial world grows. Energy, food packaging and even investment companies rate as some of the worst environmental offenders. It's impossible for consumers to avoid them.

In fact, there are 15 kinds of companies that have the worst effect on the environment, according to BusinessInsuider.com.

That's why environmental laws have become so important and why South African laws were updated this month.

The new legislations are about increased efforts to clean up the environment, particularly for our oceans and coastal areas.

This means your business concerns are no longer about environmental conservation. They're now a matter of complying with environmental legislations.

Keep reading to find out what the new laws are and how they may affect your company.

Are you responsible for compiling your SHE file?
Are you struggling to keep up-to-date with all the paperwork?
Do you waste your time formatting all the documents?
Are you stressed out about all your legal requirements?
Of course you are. You have enough on your plate already, and keeping up with paperwork isn't on the top of your to-do list. But unfortunately, it's part of your job because it's a legal requirement. And, you've answered 'YES' to at least half of the questions above.

NEMO and the White Paper: Here's what you need to know

The National Environmental Management of the Oceans (or NEMO) brought forward the White Paper on June 1st 2014. The White Paper wants to find modern and integrated ways to manage the South African marine environment.
According to the Department of Environmental Affairs, the White Paper deals with these environmental problems:
Land-based activities;
Shipping and Port Operations;
Sea water abstraction;
Energy production;
Communication cables;
Recreation and tourism; and
Emerging technological use.
So what does all this mean for you if you're a coastal-based company?
Attention! Health and Safety specialists face fines imposed by the DoL!
You must comply with the OHS ACT!

Here's what you need to do as a coastal-based company

You have a more direct effect on the marine environment if you're a costal company. Because of this, environmental governance expects you to: 
1. Coordinate and support new environmental strategies; 
2. Establish ways to collect and share your data about the environmental effects around; 
3. Help create and maintain knowledge of how people use and function with the ocean; 
4. Establish conservation plans that'll help you assess and manage your environmental impact; 
5. Inform those around you (employees, partners and shareholder) about the importance of using ocean resources carefully; and
6. Ensure your company cooperate with the government's environmental efforts, locally and internationally.
It's vital for your company to follow environmental law as they're part of OHS regulations. So do your part and include these new efforts in your environmental policies. 

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