Osborne in the Driving SEATS

Inevitably, the construction industry has an impact upon the environment, both through the construction process as well as the built environment itself.  However, through sustainable methods of working, we can achieve energy efficient and eco-friendly creations.

Osborne is committed to minimising the impact on the environment, and has therefore started investing in training its site management team. For the first time, each site manager will have an externally recognised environmental qualification.

Osborne site managers will now have to undergo the Site Environmental Awareness Training Scheme (SEATS); an accredited training scheme offered by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB). This course, which focuses on environmental issues on construction sites, has been developed by the CITB and UK Contractors Group (UKCG) members.

Designed to improve the site management of environmental resources, the course aims to highlight the importance of informed and responsible decision-making on all construction sites.

The one day course teaches environmental best practice, covering theoretical areas (the importance of the environment), practical areas (waste, energy and water management and pollution prevention) and peripheral matters (such as statutory nuisance, communication, archaeology and heritage).

This training course could become mandatory for site managers and supervisors employed by members of the UKCG.

Osborne’s HSEQ Adviser, Ben Erebor, who has been accredited by CITB to deliver the course within the business said:

“The importance of environmental awareness cannot be emphasised enough.  The construction industry has a major impact on the environment, so the responsibility has to lie with site managers. It is a privilege to be the first trainer accredited to deliver the course and Osborne will practice what it preaches by making sure all of our site personnel with management responsibilities attend the course.”