In order to assess any impact in relation to Occupational Health, Safety and the Environment, we need to understand the meaning of “impact”. This could be a simple result of non-compliance to OHS requirements in relation to legislation – or it could be far more complex such as becoming “environmentally friendly” in order to ease the impact of health, safety, and hygiene on the environment in general.
When we think of impact we need to analyse the following:
What is the effect on the natural environment?
Do we have a management tool in place to assess the impact?
This tool should be a formal process of identifying, predicting, evaluating and mitigating the biophysical, social and other relevant effects of the risk or hazard to major decisions being taken and commitments made.
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