An environmental audit protocol that conforms to the ISO 14001 standard (performance evaluation guidelines for environmental management systems).
The ISO 14001 family of standards addresses a wide range of items for environmental management, providing practical tools for organizations and companies looking to identify and control their environmental impact as well as constantly improve their environmental performance.
An Environmental Audit Program assesses project compliance with local laws and regulations for environmental protection, as well as best practices based on ISO 14000 family of standards, which includes:
South Africa is one of the driest countries in the world and is considered a potential water crisis country and yet water environment incorporating rivers, lakes, estuaries, wetlands, coastal areas and groundwater are often poorly managed resource. As a specialist multi-disciplinary environmental consultancy, Mulaifa is ideally placed to provide specialist technical advice across a full range of surface and groundwater services.
South Africa currently faces the challenge of an integrated waste management system. This consists of a drive towards prevention and minimisation, the proper management of unavoidable wastes throughout their “life”, pollution that can’t be prevented must be remedied, and all the while taking into consideration the needs and rights of vulnerable, and marginalised communities. In essence it must be remembered that landfills are but a component of the entire waste management process. This is in addition to people who use these services.
The approach consists of a drive towards prevention and minimisation, the proper management of unavoidable wastes throughout their ‘life cycle’, pollution that can’t be prevented must be remedied, and all the while taking into consideration the needs and rights of vulnerable, and marginalised communities. Mayet (1993: 1) indicates that the disposal of waste on land is the cheapest form of disposal available to us today (unfortunately) that is in comparison to “…incineration, recycling, pulverisation, pylorisis, and other refuse driven fuel processes”. It follows that landfill sites should now be considered within the context of this waste management strategy. Waste management should not begin and end with merely planning landfill sites; it should be a considered process in which the quantity and composition of waste being disposed of is carefully considered. For the purposes of this study, consideration is given to issues surrounding landfill sites. However, it must be remembered that landfills are but a component of the entire waste management process. This is in addition to people who use these services. Considering socio-cultural aspects demonstrates sensitivity to the concept of providing services that are “people focused”. It also acknowledges that people and their culture are inseparable.
Mulaifa is a leading proponent of tourism development and supports the growing recognition that anticipatory control of development impacts will lead to a better “quality of life,” the underlying goal of development. Mulaifa’s approach to TIA recognises that apart from the tourism industry which includes hotel/resort owners, tour operators and tourists, important stakeholders are communities who live in the vicinity of tourism destinations or within the project’s receiving environment. To this recognition, tourism has social, economic, cultural, environmental and political implications for these communities, who should adequately be considered when framing tourism policies and guidelines or assessing development impact on the tourism sector in a given receiving area. As such Mulaifa provides specialist service in Tourism Impact Assessment (TIA) be it development-related or policy formulation-related. Our approach is anchored on:
Socio-economic impact assessments (SEIA) examine how a proposed plan, policy, project or development is likely to affect the lives of existing and future communities and informs the design and decision-making processes accordingly. SEIA are an important tool in ensuring a community is not adversely impacted either socially or economically by a new development project or plan such as mining; and to both minimise adverse impacts and maximise benefits where possible. Mulaifa has developed benchmarked capacity and expertise in undertaking all aspects of a socio-economic impact assessment including:
Health and safety management should receive the same degree of expertise as other core business activities in order to control risks and prevent harm to people. With our understanding of Health and Safety, Mulaifa can offer a range of services, designed to assist any organisation, public or private, to ensure that their health and safety management systems, policies and procedures are not only suitable and sufficient but are also being effectively applied across their business or service area in line with legislation. Mulaifa specialist service include:
There are approximately 5 million people in South Africa with some kind of disability. This figure is even higher across the Sub-Saharan Africa region where an average of 10% of the population are disabled persons. South Africa signed and ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its optional protocol in 2007. Furthermore, The Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act 4 of 2000 (the Act) prohibits unfair discrimination on any ground, including the 16 grounds explicitly listed in the 1996 South African Constitution which specifically enshrines equality for persons with disabilities under Article 9(3). This is a critical matter given the observation that the vast majority of people with disabilities are excluded from schools and opportunities to work, virtually guaranteeing that they will live out their lives as the poorest of the poor.
Mulaifa have a specialist team who can offer bespoke solutions to employers/service providers and assist in providing equality in the workplace, public spaces and elsewhere. These services include:
The Fire Protection Association of South Africa figures show that in 2007 there were more than 40,000 fires, 9746 were in dwelling and more than 1600 were in industrial buildings. Each year hundreds of lives are lost and thousands of people are injured in fires and often the financial impact can devastate businesses. If you have control over any part of a business, or non-domestic premises (such as public buildings or the common parts of blocks of flats), you are legally required to carry out a fire risk assessment and implement a fire management plan.
Mulaifa Environmental Health team can assist you to comply with fire safety law in a number of ways. We can carry out your fire risk assessment and provide an action plan for eliminating or reducing the risk to an acceptable level including:
More people are spending most of their prime times at their workstations. Most organisations maximise work place community by using open office spaces and yet few manages the environmental health of office and work environment. How often you assess your staff to check if they are suffering from recurring flue, dry eyes or headaches when at work? This could be due to something as simple as poor airflow, low humidity levels, and high dust levels or poor ventilation in the work place. To alleviate or prevent these and more issues, Mulaifa has environmental health and occupational hygienists who can attend to sites and evaluate the indoor air quality within the work place and provide practical advice and guidance on how to remedy the issues identified. Indoor air quality monitoring can include:
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