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EPaW stands for "Environmental Practice at Work" Ltd. Our aim is to improve environmental practices in the workplace. We use electronic means for anybody at work to make improvements in environmental performance. our materials are for managers, supervisors, employee representatives, skilled workers and supervised employees. Employees can do a lot more than "switch the lights off". We show you how to turn them on - employees not the lights!
Environmental practices are activities or procedures that lesson negative impacts on the environment. Environmental practices translate environmental principles, such as "waste minimisation" or "energy efficeincy" into things people CAN DO at work.
Our programmes fit, where possible, with UK National Occupational Standards. These NOSs spell out what people need to do to demonstrate they are competent. We have been involved with those standards designed for health and safety, and have adapted them for environmental purposes. We believe there are "generic" skills to improve environmental performance. There are generic management standards, which can serve as a good basis for working out what everybody else needs to do. We use the three vocational levels 4 (managers) , 3 (supervisors & union representatives) and 2 (supervised workers) to identify who does what. See how new environmental skills fit at all levels at work.
lTwo EP@W Directors author the programmes - Dr Charlie Clutterbuck and Nancy Thompson. Both are experienced educators - at many levels, from international work, F&H Education to shopfloor training. Both have an extensive subject knowledge, including health and safety, sustainability, and a wide range of environmental issues. Between them they have 3 degrees in agricultural science, a masters in environmental education and a post graduate certificate in education.
The EP@W programmes works with the 3e's - environment, education and electronic to provide a novel e-learning tool to support people directly at work. Over 90% of all UK business can access this resource now. The programmes work by encoraging participants to interact with both the screen and their job. By doing things, we have a better chance of learning. So the prgrammes get you to do things online - quizes and finding out information, and things at work - like surveys or questionnaires.
The 1999 World Health Organisation (Europe) Health & Environment Conference called for "environmental practices" in every country. We developed the Envirponmental Practitioner Programme in response. Ep@W follows existing quality standards ISO 14001, 14031, 22000 & EMAS to work out what roles and responsibilities are required. The EPProgramme is a vast resource, especially useful for people at work with the freedom to move around. They can be expected to carry out quite complex tasks. EPP includes comprehensive easy to follow texts, activities to help promote environmental practices, in-depth study material, links to external and up to date web pages. Web links cover everything from the latest theories on climate change to where to go for legislation that may affect your organisation. Many national and international organisations have approved our links to their sites.
We are developing a range of related courses for various levels in the organisation and on a variety of environmental related issues. e.g We developed for the WHO a guide for managers in small business to link the ways of dealing with health with the best of the environment, and the best safety - "Workplace Wellbeing".
We have developed a programme for all employees to demonstrate, online, conformance to the "training" requirements of ISO 14001. This enables people to do exactly what Clause 4.4.2 of ISO 14001 says - with EASE (Environmental Awareness Scheme for Employees). Try out a sample at EASE.
We also specialise in matters relating to food and farming, so are developing for anybody in the food chain, a Sustainable Food Guide