Introduction to Environmental good practice on site

Environmental impacts will arise at any construction project, irrespective of the location, size or nature of the development, and have the potential to affect the immediate neighbour, and also the natural and built environment. Impacts can take many forms, such as noise or pollution, and can affect surrounding flora and fauna. Good environmental practice enables these issues to be managed positively.

The task of preventing impacts or minimising the risk of potential impacts is becoming increasingly the responsibility of site-based staff. This greater accountability at site level demands higher standards of environmental awareness and education by all site staff. Though training and using experienced staff, environmental issues can be effectively managed with the speed and urgency that is often required.

Who should attend

Site managers, environmental managers and anyone concerned with the environmental performance of a site.

Why should you attend?

  • You will receive an overview of good environmental practice on construction sites
  • You will be provided with practical guidance about managing construction sites to control environmental impacts
  • Obtain CPD accreditation.

Course content outline

The aim of this training course based on the fourth edition of CIRIA's Environmental good practice on site guide (C741) is to provide practical guidance about managing construction sites to control environmental impacts.

The CIRIA IEMA Approved one day training course includes:

Setting the scene 

Overview of sustainable development, Construction 2025 – Industrial Strategy, emerging issues – building information modelling (BIM), sustainable procurement, Fairness, inclusion and respect (FIR), biodiversity/ ecosystem services, biodiversity offsetting.

Environmental benefits and obligations 

Relationship between environmental, social & economic, legislation and contract conditions.

Project activities

Overview of potential effects on the environment at pre-construction, construction and post-construction phase of projects 

General project management

Explaining how the overall establishment and management of the site from initial set-up through to completion and demobilisation forms the basis of environmental good practice.

Environmental issues

Advice on how to manage impacts for a range of environmental issues that includes an overview highlighting its importance:
  • Resource management
  • Waste
  • Materials
  • Energy efficiency
  • Water efficiency
Land contamination
Source-pathway-receptor linkages, management responsibilities, managing known and unexpected contamination, remediation options, unexploded ordnance.


  • Dust, emissions & odours: 
  • Lighting
  • Noise & vibration
  • Traffic management and vehicle use
  • Traffic management plans and reducing nuisance
  • The historic environment and dealing with archaeological remains
Abstraction & discharging, avoiding spillages, emergency preparedness & response, managing effluent from vehicles & boot washing, managing run-off and sediment. 

Ecology, protected species and habitat

Potential impacts, protected animal species and habitats, wildlife surveys, managing wildlife, invasive animal species, invasive plant species and their management.  

Delegates attending the open course will receive a free copy of
Environmental good practice on site (fourth edition) (C741)*.

*Publications are not included as standard in our in-house training courses, and these will need to be purchased separately.

More information

To find out more and discuss in house options contact Nipa Patel on 020 7549 3300.
Meet the trainers
The environmental good practice on site training is delivered by an experienced expert in the field.

Nicola Fagan | RPS Group
Nicola brings 16 years of experience and expertise in the areas of environmental management system development,
sustainability, corporate social responsibility and environmental impact assessment. Watch Nicola Fagan discuss Environmental Good Practice on site training.

Mike Lachowicz | Independent consultant
Mike Lachowicz is an independent environmental, ethical and sustainability management consultant with 30 years’ experience as an advisor, researcher, auditor and trainer.
Mike has worked across the public, private and NGO sectors in the UK and overseas. His areas of interest are integrated management systems, waste management, sustainable buildings and ecology.
This training course has been approved by the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA)

The CIRIA environmental good practice on site programme was approved as a comparable course for site supervisors under the UKCG Environmental Training Standard, having been successfully mapped against the Site Environmental Awareness Training Scheme (SEATS). It was therefore recognised as an equivalent course under the UKCG standard. UKCG has now merged to form Build UK, but the UKCG Environmental Training Standard remains in operation.

"Excellent course, well presented. A very useful day."
Health & Safety Laboratory

"A very good and well presented course. Well received and beneficial to my day to day works."
Brookfield Multiplex

"Excellent, informative and covers a wide range of topics without being too detailed."

"I found the workshop very highlighted the need to be on the ball for all aspects in relation to the environment and ecology."
Kier Homes