HEALTH, SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS

In the last 20-years or so, international developments have verified that not only is worker safety of utmost concern from a personal standpoint but that it is economically viable to create and maintain a good health and safety (HS), and emergency response (ER) culture in the working place. This consideration can't be achieved through compliance with RoK legislation alone but requires the establishment of a behavioral safety mentality. In short, a "bottoms-up" approach in which all concerned parties are involved in eliminating potential unsafe behaviors and activities. ESA's approach in this respect is to improve employee's perceptions through training and awareness improvement programs.

As part of our objective, we identify particular workflow processes that may inadvertently lead people to behave unsafely and/or be subjected to unsafe practices.

We incorporate our approach into our client's policies, plans, and programs to ensure workable results are obtained that are in keeping with the client's wishes.

GIS FOR CONSTRAINTS AND SENSITIVITIES

The majority of environmental projects require spatial analysis of various data sets and presentation in map format. To accomplish this, our professional staff provides expertise and trains the client's staff in a variety of advanced technical methods such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Global Positioning System Technologies (GPS). This enables the client to:

  • Have instant access to transparent, verified, up to date environmental and production information in a convenient format;
  • Review site history (such as well status, ownership, etc.);
  • Record new infrastructure elements and stake the projected items out with GPS coupled with a palmtop computer or a digital tacheometer;
  • Monitor and record environmental and industrial changes using remote sensing of satellite and aerial imagery (e.g. pipeline condition, vegetation cover changes, calculation of spills and contaminated soil size);
  • Improve emergency response by using GIS capacity.

Specific services:

  • Geodetic and attributive data inventory, information collection and storage procedures audit
  • GIS development, customizing and incorporation of technological processes.
  • Introduction of innovative methods of data collection and transfer
  • Personnel training, performance supervision and increase of awareness of system capability
  • Required equipment and software determination, tendering and procurement

ENVIRONMENTAL LABORATORY CONSTRUCTION

Recent legislation requires monitoring of 1) technological processes and 2) changes in environmental impact - an activity that produces a continuous flow of samples. These samples can be sent to an external laboratory but the scarcity of laboratories in RoK and the questionable performance of some may lead to unreliable results. An alternative approach to this is the construction of an internal laboratory that is reliable, has shorter sample turn-over time and in the long term, more cost effective.

EcoSocio Analysts has proven laboratory development experience in the RoK and provides international cooperation and advice on such development if required.

Specific services:

  • Market research and Business Plan preparation
  • Laboratory goals determination
  • Analytical equipment and supplies defining tendering and procurement
  • Local and international certification
  • Personnel selection, training, supervision and provision of international advisory support.
  • Laboratory and equipment certification
  • Management Plan development

REVEGETATION, EROSION CONTROL AND VISUAL IMPACT MITIGATION

Man induced desertification is a major problem in arid areas of Kazakhstan. Soil degradation often follows vegetation removal and prevents natural vegetation from re-establishing. Full recultivation associated with decommissioning procedures is costly and may bring poor results. We develop site-specific, effective and economic techniques for protection and replenishment of sustainable natural vegetation cover and the reduction of visual impact from a given operation. We suggest structural changes and educate the client's personnel to make continuous revegetation possible and avoid a "last attempt" approach that can be associated with decommissions.

Specific services:

  • Develop revegetation plans and cost for implementation
  • Perform pilot studies to determine site specifics
  • Improve personnel awareness and management structures related to revegetation issues
  • Show predicted visual impact mitigation by using specialized software
  • Set up hydrometeorological station to determine watering requirements

CONTAMINATION ASSESSMENT PLANNING AND REMEDIATION AND WASTE MANAGEMENT

Currently, many waste disposal plant managers have come to realize that short-term, dispose- your-waste-anywhere solutions are no longer acceptable to society or in keeping with existing laws and regulations of the RoK. Disposal companies can be held accountable in courts of law and ordered to clean-up whole landfill sites when e.g., groundwater becomes contaminated.

To protect our clients from being subjected to the "dipping into a deep pocket" experience, we advocate the use of planning and carefully thinking about what is to be disposed and where. If possible this can include tracking hazardous wastes from its origin to its final resting place.

To employ this approach, knowledge of international experience is required as current RoK laws are not complete. This approach, fully in keeping with regulations and social obligations, decreases potential immediate and future disposal problems while being cognizant that not "everything" must be disposed (and paid for) in a secure landfill.

Specific services:

  • Subsurface window sampling to 10m with percussion hammer
  • Develop Waste Management Plans that are based on the "Four Rs principle" (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Recover energy)
  • Assess existing waste and investigate potential unrecorded disposal/dumping made in the past
  • Use knowledge of existing and prospective government requirements and a good practice approach to protect the client from claims made in future
  • Check current record keeping and labeling practices for data omissions
  • Suggest improvements in organizational procedures and management structure
  • Construct landfill according to the best international standards
  • Develop and install a waste management database

ENVIRONMENTAL, SOCIAL HEALTH AND SAFETY DUE DILIGENCE, AUDIT AND MONITORING

In the last 20-years or so, international developments have verified that not only is worker safety of utmost concern from a personal standpoint but that it is economically viable to create and maintain a good health and safety (HS), and emergency response (ER) culture in the working place. This consideration can't be achieved through compliance with RoK legislation alone but requires the establishment of a behavioral safety mentality. In short, a "bottoms-up" approach in which all concerned parties are involved in eliminating potential unsafe behaviors and activities. ESA's approach in this respect is to improve employee's perceptions through training and awareness improvement programs. As part of our objective, we identify particular workflow processes that may inadvertently lead people to behave unsafely and/or be subjected to unsafe practices. We incorporate our approach into our client's policies, plans, and programs to ensure workable results are obtained that are in keeping with the client's wishes.

ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIAL INVESTIGATIONS AND IMPACT ASSESSMENT

Often time's considerable effort is spent collecting baseline information but the experience required to place that information into the context of impact prediction and the separation of natural fluctuations from the impact imposed by the planned development may not be forthcoming. In recognition of this, EcoSocio Analysts, using both local and western specialists as required, provides an internationally recognized approach to environmental impact assessment (EIA).

In this respect EcoSocio Analysts:

  • Collects, analyse reliability and identify gaps in existing data, plan media sampling and use modern methods in social data collection;
  • Utilizes matrixes to check for all possible impacts and rate them in accordance to significance(aka impact scoping);
  • Has the required knowledge of developed technology processes and access to updated processes that allow us to make the correct impact predictions;
  • Utilizes advanced impact modeling software and techniques like impact multiplier calculation to account for delayed and cumulative impacts and remote sensing and GIS, to explore infrastructure requirements for alternative scenarios;
  • Is able to compare our efforts to similar efforts previously compiled by our associated western companies and thereby formulate supporting analogies and reduce potential questions;
  • Recommends cost effective mitigation measuresin line with BATNEEC principle (best available techniques not entailing excessive costs);
  • Develops monitoring plans that will allow verification of predicted impact and alter mitigation measures; and
  • Assesses environmental risk for each aspect of development and produce emergency response plans to minimize those risks.
  • Use key indicators selected according to international sustainable development guidelines and principals to develop environmental and social management plans with one, three and five year targets.

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We are looking for Bolashak graduates in the environmental health and safety subjects studied in English