With an ever-increasing population which is consuming more and more resources, there has never been a greater need than there is now to switch to more energy efficient items, which require less electricity than previous models. The majority of electricity is still generated through the burning of ‘dirty’ fossil fuels such as coal and oil, a process which releases large amounts of toxic emissions into the atmosphere which damage the ozone layer and cause a build up in greenhouse gases. This can alter the weather patterns and average temperatures, having a devastating effect on plant and animal life, including the human population.
Whilst one person replacing their electrical items with energy saving ones will not make much of a difference, if everybody did it then the impact would be huge. The lower amount of power being consumed by each household and business would greatly reduce the demand for electricity, meaning less fossil fuels need to be burnt to create this electricity.
Fans play a vital role in keeping people and equipment cool. Electrical items produce heat as a by-product of their operations. If their temperature gets too high it can cause components to fail and the machinery to break, as well as being a fire risk. Depending on the machinery and what it does, this can either be a mild inconvenience or a devastating disaster. To keep them cool and with safe operating range, fans blow the heat away and bring the temperature down. As far as people are concerned, a temperature which is too high can be uncomfortable. Along with air conditioning units, fans can help keep people cool by moving the air over the hot surface (i.e. a person’s skin). These fans can be mounted on the ceiling, desk or be free-standing in the room. Just like with other electrical items, switching to an energy saving fan will reduce power consumption and reduce the amount of electricity needing to be generated and supplied.
Along with households, businesses are the other large consumers of power, requiring large amounts of energy to carry out their operations. Their activities either do or have the potential to have a significant negative impact on the surrounding environment, which can also greatly affect their reputation with existing or potential customers. As a result, companies are attaching greater importance to how they impact the environment, and require some employees to have an environmental qualification such as the NEBOSH Environmental Certificate. For those who have the capabilities required to complete a NEBOSH Diploma, there is now the NEBOSH Environmental Diploma qualification which is one of the most comprehensive environmental qualifications available in the world. In fact, the growing importance of environmental awareness means that there is now an environmental element in the syllabus for a number of health and safety training courses such as the NEBOSH General Certificate or the CITB/ConstructionSkills SMSTS course.
For more information regarding environmental health and safety training and awareness, please visit ATC Risk Management by clicking on the logo below. Other health and safety providers which offer courses and qualifications include Associated Training & Consultancy and Sterling Safety Training.