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Introduction to Environmental good practice on site (IEMA approved Level 1)

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.  Through 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 fifth edition of CIRIA's Environmental good practice on site guide (C811) 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.  

More information
To find out more and discuss in house options contact Nipa Patel.
Meet the trainers
The environmental good practice on site training is delivered by a number of experienced experts including: 

Greg Chant-Hall | Independent consultant
Greg is a Chartered Environmentalist and a Fellow of the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment, with over 20 years sustainability leadership experience spanning blue-chip, SME & the third-sector, across Europe, Asia & the Americas. 
  Sam Hall | Consultant | Square Gain 
Sam has a passion for helping businesses achieve sustainability and has a proven ability to get results with 20+ years experience working for some of the UK's largest construction companies. He is a full member of IEMA and a Chartered Environmentalist.
This training course has been approved by the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA)

"The virtual delivery format was clear, concise and well organised."

"Very informative training course with content explained well by a knowledgeable trainer."
AMCO Griffin 

"The course provided an excellent overview of current practices, scope for improvement on current practices and guidance on how to do so."
ISG Ltd 

"Thoroughly informative and a very engaging and knowledgeable tutor."
Kier Construction