There are three environmental laws business owners must comply with. Don’t, and you’ll face a hefty penalty

Ashley Churchyard, Fsp Business, 06 Nov. 2014

Tags: health and safety, safety-health-environment, s.h.e., environmental laws, environmental regulations

You know the OHS Act clearly outlines the health and safety rules you must follow in your workplace. But what you may not know is health and safety is about more than just protecting your employees.

If you’ve ever heard the health and safety acronym “S.H.E.”, you’ll know there are environmental regulations you must comply with too.

Here are the three particular environmental laws your must comply with to fulfil your legal obligations as a business owner…

Read on to find out what they are…


Comply with these three environmental laws to fulfil your legal obligation

1. National Environmental Management Act 107 of 1998
The focus of this Act is ensuring mining, industry and consumers respect and care for the environment. This includes:
- Caring for quality of life; 
- Conserving natural resources; 
- Preserving natural life cycles; 
- Minimising toxic and harmful substances; 
- Not harming the environment; and 
- Rehabilitating any compromised natural resources.
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2. National Environmental Management Waste Act 
The Act defines waste as: “Any substance, whether or not that substance can be reduced, re-used, recycled and recovered”. 
Your duty is to safely remove or dispose of waste in a way that isn’t harmful to the environment or people in the surrounding areas.
3. National Environmental Management: Air Quality Act 39 of 2004
 The reason for this Act was to reform the law regulating air quality to protect the environment by providing reasonable measures for the prevention of pollution and ecological degradation. 
The Act also enforces securing ecologically sustainable development while promoting justifiable economic and social development. 
It provides national norms and standards for regulating air quality monitoring, management and control by government.
Now that you know which environmental laws apply to your business, comply with these laws and do your part to keep the environment clean.

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