Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) has been defined as an integrative environmental management tool which has the ultimate objective of providing decision-makers with an indication of the likely consequences of their decisions relating to new projects or to new programmes, plans or policies. In essence, the process involves a number of key parties including: designers, planners, developers, designated authorities, representative groups and individual citizens with a view to anticipating the likely outcomes of certain developments and providing for any unacceptable impacts which may ensue.
EIA evolved in the RSA and has been incorporated in to our national planning and development control procedures. It has also been integrated with a range of authorization and licensing procedures. Since the early 80's, Workforce Health SA, have been directly involved with the EIA process and most often have acted on behalf of developers and/or planning authorities.
Our approach to Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) work is uniform throughout our processes, working constructively to assess the impact and then to optimise the project proposals to minimise those impacts whilst maintaining the project's viability. Our EIA managers have expertise in specific business sectors which they use to work pro-actively with their colleagues and clients to achieve a positive outcome.
Many clients have retained our services to provide ongoing support and assistance in the management of their environmental affairs. As part of our environmental management and auditing services, we have undertaken:
• Risk Assessments and interaction with licensing and enforcement authorities.
• Preparation of applications for environmental licenses and permits.
• Establishing control and documentation systems.
• Environmental Auditing and Training.
• Environmental Monitoring.
• Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control.
• Developing and installing Environmental Management Systems.