An environmental risk assessment (ERA) allows you to assess the likelihood of your business causing harm to the environment. This includes describing potential hazards and impacts before taking precautions to reduce the risks. All issues are systematically identified and addressed in the various stages of the implementation of projects. It provides a systematic approach for identifying the various possible environmental impacts at different stages of the scheme cycle, to identify appropriate mitigation measures for addressing the identified environmental impacts and to devise an institutional arrangement for mainstreaming environmental management in project implementation processes.
Mining, manufacturing, and construction industries are the main contributors to water, air, and soil pollution. Key contributing activities include improper disposal of chemicals, heavy usage of air polluting equipment and machinery, asbestos handling, soil contamination, and industrial noise. Employers should carry out thorough risk assessments and inspections to develop a good Environmental Management System (EMS) and ensure that businesses operate without any contributing factors that may cause harm to the environment.
An environmental risk assessment template can be used by risk managers and policymakers to document any non-conformances and potential environmental hazards caused by the business and its workers.
Here are 6 critical steps to performing a successful ERA:
Problem Formulation – the most critical step where risk managers define the scope of an ERA by identifying what needs to be protected from harm.
Hazard Characterization – examining the potential environmental hazards present in the workplace.
Exposure Characterization – identifying what and who is at risk.
Risk Characterization – combining hazard and exposure characterization results and then assessing the risk.
Documentation – record the results of the assessment and implement precautions.
Monitoring – reviewing the assessment at regular intervals.
Air quality impact assessment (AQIA) is an important technique for determining the relative contribution to ground level pollutant concentrations of specific current or future source emissions at receptor sites. The principal activities in AQIA are air quality modelling and monitoring techniques.
Without accurate assessment and awareness of air quality sources and their related impact to identified receptors it would be impossible to propose effective mitigation solutions. Therefore, the demand by local planning authorities for air quality assessments has increased significantly, particularly in support of planning applications for new developments or change of use proposals, where there are already sensitive receptors nearby or the site is within an AQMA.
Therefore, an Air Quality Assessment should be considered where:
A development proposal will generate a significant change in traffic volumes, vehicle speeds, congestion, parking and/or traffic composition.
A proposal for a new development or source of exposure within close proximity to existing sources (such as a busy road) and or increase in nitrogen deposition.
A new emission source will be introduced such as a biomass boiler or CHP burning plant within or in close proximity to an AQMA.
Proposals could have a potential impact on nearby sensitive receptors such as emissions impacting on residential housing, creation of dust from construction works etc.
The need for the aforementioned points will depend on the location and sensitivity of the proposed source, local planning authority requirements, policies and action plans.
Journal Impact Factor (JIF) is a measure reflecting the average number of citations to articles published in journals, books, patent document, thesis, project reports, news papers, conference/ seminar proceedings, documents published in internet, notes and any other approved documents. The impact factor (IF) is a measure of the frequency with which the average article in a journal has been cited in a particular year. It is used to measure the importance or rank of a journal by calculating the times it’s articles are cited.
There is an increasing enthusiasm and pressure to submit scientific articles to journals for publication due to official policies. This has led to increased stress on authors and editors and in issues like plagiarism.
Submitted article getting rejected due to fallacies of their article. Dejection due to delay of the publication process. Manuscript rejection is a common painful phenomenon in the publication arena.
Here are a bunch of approaches for increasing impact factor:
Publish quality over quantity. In general, higher quality publications will receive more citations.
Having a great editorial board or being from a prestigious publisher can create a belief in authors that the impact factor will be high in the future.
Make the submission process more pleasant for authors. A pleasant review experience will encourage people to submit their work. i.e., allow different file formats, give quick initial feedback, get good reviewers, etc.
Make articles easier to find. Make sure that articles are well indexed by relevant scholarly search engines.
Make articles free and open access or at least have a liberal copyright policy.
NCPL is on a mission to maximize resource value, while minimizing – and even eliminating – environmental impact so that both our economy and our environment can thrive.
At NCPL our priority is to understand client requirements, ensuring that their waste management strategic goals are understood and reached.
We work with our clients to identify their waste composition; waste production and waste generation rates so that we can help them to shape a service solution.
We identify the best available technologies to treat waste and where we can we add value to the wastes that are generated through material recycling and reuse.
We carefully plan transportation requirements, making sure that safe, compliant and reliable service execution is maintained.
Its integrated, IoT-based solutions enhance the efficiency of waste collection, which helps cities and waste collection organizations to reduce operational costs by eliminating needless pick-ups, providing dynamic collection routes & schedules for comprehensive optimization of the collection processes.
A great job nailing the patent for “Polymer Pencil”. Dr. Paromita Chakraborty’s response to extrapolation of base concept to potential commercializable implementations, assessing prior art, and preparing claims to invention is commendable.
Elvis Dsouza, EDPC Polymer Industries
We have worked together in many international projects, created science-based policy recommendations for pesticidal management, e-waste contamination as well as in wetland conservation. These project findings have also been published in high impact factor journals.
Girija Bharat, Mu Gamma Consultants Pvt Ltd
Client Engagement Process
Initiation is the first phase of the project lifecycle. This is where the project’s value and feasibility are measured. Evaluation tools used are Business Case Document and Feasibility Study..
A well-written proposal gives the team direction for producing quality outputs, obtaining resources, cost, scope, timeframe of the project and creating acceptance to clients.
The work and efforts of the team during the execution phase are derived from the planning stage. It is all about building deliverables by allocating resources and keeping team members focused on their assigned tasks.
Monitoring and control are sometimes combined with execution because they often occur at the same time. Teams must monitor tasks to prevent scope creep, calculate key performance indicators and track variations from allotted cost and time.
Deliver the finished project, communicate completion, evaluate, document the project to stakeholders and release resources to other projects.