Environmental Impact Assessments and Community Relations

Designed For

  • All staff who have the responsibility for implementing, executing or supporting environmental techniques and management including;
  • HSE Professionals, Engineers, Operations, Supervisors and Project managers.
  • This is a core course for any persons involved with developing and/or implementing Environmental Impact Studies, either directly or though management of specialist companies, and/or has direct contact with the local communities on Environmental issues.
  • Understanding and managing the impact of the oil & gas and petrochemical industries on the local environment and communities is a basic requirement of the business, or part of the ‘license to operate’.
  • This course is uniquely designed for the industry needs around the ‘Fundamental Application’ level of the PetroSkills environmental competency map.
  • It aims to equip participants with a working knowledge of environmental risk management and how to apply this in their respective roles.
  • A rich variety of exercises, readings, and case studies are used to practice application of the learning in realistic situations.
  • The focus will be on practical methods and approaches for conducting community impact assessments and developing skills in risk communication.
  • Case studies, examples, and exercises will be provided to ensure practical relevance to participants’ experience.

Course Content

  • Introduction
  • Informal inspections
  • Planned inspections
  • Critical parts / items inspections
  • Housekeeping
  • General inspections
  • Inspection steps
  • Development of remedial actions

Course Objectives

  • Be able to address critical early steps regarding community concerns and the development of an accurate and credible assessment of potential short and long term impacts on natural and human resources, especially those affecting the quality of life in affected communities.
  • Understand alternative assessment methodological approaches, including social impact assessment (social structure) models vs. environmental assessment models, and the advantages, disadvantages, and basic assessment techniques of both.
  • Understand risk communication basics, including the principles and techniques for building positive relationships with affected communities through communication about their concerns and aspirations
  • Understand what is needed for effective face to face communication skills – making the connection and an overview of working with the media
  • Understand context and rationale for environmental impact studies and the need to work with community and stakeholders Understand what Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is and know about the worldwide initiatives to establish standards of good organizational performance that provide a credible platform for effective community outreach programs.
  • Understand what CSR principles and CSR core issues are.
  • Understand what comprises an environmental impact assessment, including techniques for assessing biological, cultural and hazardous materials effects on exploration, expansion and new construction of facilities.
  • Understand what comprises a community impact assessment, including techniques for acquiring and analyzing information about potential effects of proposed development, with emphasis on quality of life.
  • Understand what biodiversity issues need to be addressed for impact studies and how they tie into community relations.

Target Group

  • Health and safety Representatives
  • Health and Safety officers
  • SHE practitioners
  • Supervisors
  • Workshop assistants
  • SHE Committee members
  • Operation managers
  • Fire Team members
  • Service maintenance crew

Course duration:
Two (2) Days

Costs Include:

  • Training Manuals
  • Facilitation

Conference Facilities:

  • To be provided by client

Meals and Tea:

  • To be provided by client