Environmental Site Management (Online)


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The activities we do on site can harmfully impact our local environment. But with some simple changes, we can reduce our impacts, leading to environmentally safe sites. 

This two hour fully online course has been developed in partnership with Auckland Council and is designed to improve environmental practices that are happening on small residential building sites. This predominantly includes education on:

  • Poor erosion and sediment control, which results in sediment flowing into waterways.
  • Poor on-site waste management, which results in useful material being sent unnecessarily to landfill
  • Poor chemical and pollutant control practices, which result in pollutants entering waterways and soil (e.g., oil, paint, concrete)
  • Construction and demolition

The course is suitable for all residential builders and sub-contractors undergoing permitted construction activities. It shows you how to work to best practices and how to maximise the re-use of materials: It helps you to develop:

  • Good on-site erosion and sediment control practices.
  • Good on-site waste management practices and diversion of waste materials from landfill.
  • Best waste and sediment control practice.
  • Reducing the chance of pollution entering our streams, bush and communities.

At the end of this course, all workers on residential building sites will better understand how to do it right to protect the environment.

What the course covers

  • Waste, erosion and sedimentation of the building industry.
  • How it all works.
  • Why managing it matters.
  • Consequences of poor practices.
  • Site waste plans.
  • What good practices looks like?
  • Minimising waste on projects.

What you will learn

One successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the procedures that should be used on-site to protect and improve the waterways environment and lessen the chances of breaching Council regulations.
  • Describe practices that prevent the environment from becoming contaminated by sediment and/or material originating from building sites.
  • Explain the impacts of poor waste management, erosion control and sediment management on-site.
  • Describe the correct actions to take when poor practices are observed.

What you'll get at the end of the course

  • On successful completion you will be emailed a Site Safe completion e-certificate.
  • Two Licensed Building Practitioner points.

Note: Completing this course does not result in issuing or renewing of a Site Safety Card.

Next learning steps

To receive a Site Safety Card, you may attend any of our classroom or online courses. When it's time to renew your site access, you don't need to complete the same course again - expand your health and safety knowledge with a different course that's relevant to you. We now offer a suite of cost-effective four-hour Passport Plus courses in specific subjects, as well as a variety of one and two-day courses, all of which issue or renew your Site Safety Card.

Have a look at the pathway examples for more training options after successfully completing this course.

Check out our Training CPD Matrix to see Site Safe courses and credits at a glance.

With over 60,000 New Zealand construction workers attending a Site Safe Passport course each year, most major New Zealand contractors require a Site Safety Card for entry to their sites, and as a prerequisite in their tender process.

As well as offering Foundation Passport courses for the building construction, electrical, and consultant industries, Site Safe now also offers a range of four-hour Passport Plus courses which renew Site Safety Cards.

Book your seat on the next course today, or contact us for more information.

For a full list of our training courses visit our Training Courses page.

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