Useful links

The following links may be useful for health and safety practitioners with an interest or responsibilities in the area of waste and the environment. By using these links, you will move to external sites. IOSH and its Environmental and Waste Management Group are not responsible for the content of external internet sites.

Business Link
In future, a lot of environmental information and guidance will have migrated to Business Link and all EA information will be provided in one place. It is worth making an initial enquiry on this site first

Carbon Trust
A not-for-profit company providing specialist support to help business and the public sector boost business returns by cutting carbon emissions, saving energy and commercialising low carbon technologies.

Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM)The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) is the leading professional and examining body for scientists, engineers, other environmental professionals, students and those committed to the sustainable management and development of water and the environment.

Chartered Institution of Waste Management (CIWM)
The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management is the leading professional body for waste and resource management.

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
DEFRA is the UK government department responsible for policy and regulations on the environment, food and rural affairs.

Energy Saving Trust
The Energy Saving Trust is a non-profit organisation that provides free and impartial advice on how to save energy.

Environment Agency (EA) – (Cymraeg)
The Environment Agency is an Executive Non-departmental Public Body responsible to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and an Assembly Sponsored Public Body responsible to the National Assembly for Wales.
The Environment Agency’s principal aims are to protect and improve the environment, and to promote sustainable development. They play a central role in delivering the environmental priorities of central government and the Welsh Assembly Government through our functions and roles.

European Commission Environment
Extensive information on policies, action programmes, and issues in areas such as sustainable development, climate change, biodiversity etc ...

European Environment Agency (EEA)
European information on environmental conditions, issues, and research themes, including reports, data and links.

Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA)
FERA’s over arching purpose is to support and develop a sustainable food chain, a healthy natural environment, and to protect the global community from biological and chemical risks.  FERA is an executive agency of DEFRA.

Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
The HSE's work covers a varied range of activities; from shaping and reviewing regulations, producing research and statistics and enforcing the law.

Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA)
The Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) is the professional membership body for promoting best practice standards in environmental management, auditing and assessment for all industry sectors.

NetRegs
Provides sector-specific guidance for businesses across a wide range of subjects. Also provides updates on legislation affecting Scotland and Northern Ireland only.

Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA)
The government agency in Northern Ireland protecting and conserving the natural and built environment explains its responsibilities and activities.

National Industrial Symbiosis Programme (NISP)
NISP brings together traditionally separate industries and organisations from all business sectors with the aim of improving cross industry resource efficiency and sustainability; involving the physical exchange of materials, energy, water and/or by-products together with the shared use of assets, logistics and expertise.

Recycle now
Advice and ideas on recycling. Aims to promote recycling through campaigns.

Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA)
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is Scotland’s environmental regulator. Their main role is to protect and improve the environment.

UK Clearing House mechanism for Biodiversity
This site is designed to streamline access to the tools available, and information on, the UK’s implementation of the Convention on  Biological Diversity (CBD).

Waste Management Industry Training & Advisory Board (WAMITAB)WAMITAB was established in 1989 with a remit to determine and advise on policy and standards of education, qualifications and training for all employees in the Waste Management Industry. WAMITAB is the awarding body for the waste management industry in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and joint awarding body, with SQA, for qualifications in Scotland.

Waste Industry Safety and Health (WISH) Forum
Representatives from the waste management and recycling industry have come together to form the Waste Industry Safety and Health (WISH) forum.  WISH members include representatives from HSE, main trade associations, professional associations, trade unions, recycling organisations and national and local government bodies involved in waste management and recycling. The aim of WISH is to identify, devise and promote activities to improve industry health and safety standards.

Waste Resources Action Programme (WRAP)
WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme) works in England, ScotlandWales and Northern Ireland to help businesses and individuals reap the benefits of reducing waste, develop sustainable products and use resources in an efficient way.

Wind turbines
Wind power renewable energy. A Guardian news item on the potted history of the development of wind turbines.