Lack of environmental guidance at work

New research claims that employers should be doing more to properly instruct their staff about how they can be more environmentally friendly while at work.  A poll conducted by the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH) that looked at over 1,000 people at their workplace found that a small 17% actually received some type of training that focused on energy efficiency and only about 24% received instruction on proper waste management and recycling alternatives.

Chief Executive for NEBOSH, Teresa Budworth, stated that by encouraging staff members to compete simple tasks such as turning off equipment and lighting when they are not in use or teaching them to recycle are easy environmental tasks that employers should find it easy to introduce within the workplace
“However, it’s clear from our research that only a small proportion workplaces in Britain offer information, advice or training on these issues.”

Just one in 10 UK workers (11%) said they had received information, guidance or training at work on ways of looking after the environment.

People in Scotland were most likely to have received information, guidance or training from their employer on recycling (28%), while people in the North of England were least likely (19%). One in 5 (19%) male workers had received information, guidance or training on energy efficiency compared to one in 7 (14%) female workers.

Young workers, those aged between 18 and 24 years, were most likely to have received advice at work on ways of looking after the environment (16%). Those aged between 45 and 54 years were least likely (9%).

Teresa Budworth added: “Simply 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.”