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Environmental Audits (EA)

Do the activities of your project or operational processes present any environmental and social risks? An environmental audit enables your organization to assess the environmental and social impacts of your activities and processes against set criteria, standards, and best practices. It helps in improving existing activities, with the aim of reducing any adverse effects on the environment and people and enhance efficiencies for the business. We assist our clients in assessing water and energy use, emissions, waste generation, and management.

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What law governs environmental matters in Kenya?

Environmental matters in Kenya are governed by the Environmental Management and Coordination Act (EMCA) 1999 (rev2015). The Act provides for the establishment of an appropriate legal and institutional framework for the management of the environment and for matters connected therewith and incidental to the environment.

The body mandated with general supervision and coordination of all matters relating to the environment and to be the principal instrument of Government in the implementation of all policies relating to the environment is the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA).

What is Environmental Impact Assessment?

An Environmental Impact Assessment commonly referred to as EIA is an environment management tool that is used to assess the social, economic, and environmental impacts of a proposed project.

Why should I undertake an Environmental Impact Assessment?

It is a legal requirement under the Environmental Management Coordination Act for projects listed under the Second Schedule of the Act. They include urban development, transportation, quarrying and mining, water resources, agriculture, processing and manufacturing industries, waste disposal, natural conservation, and infrastructure among others.

An Environmental Impact Assessment also assists the developer to modify the project based on the findings of the assessment in order to reduce the environmental impacts to the benefit of the developer and the environment.

What are the consequences of not carrying out an Environmental Impact Assessment?

It is illegal to undertake any project for which an EIA is mandatory without an approved EIA report. NEMA, the regulating authority in matters of the environment in Kenya, can obtain an order for the project and take legal action for non-compliance with the law.

How much does an Environmental Impact Assessment Cost?

Consultancy fees to prepare and conduct an Environmental Impact Assessment and to prepare the EIA Reports depend on the nature and scope of the project.

What is an Environmental Audit?

Environmental auditing is an environmental management tool for assessing the environmental impacts of an entity’s activities and processes against a set criteria or standards. It is used to help in improving existing human activities, with the aim of reducing the adverse effects of these activities on the environment. This is an annual requirement for the businesses listed in Schedule 2.

Who is licensed to conduct an Environmental Impact Assessment and Environmental Audits?

Environmental Impact Assessments and Environmental Audits should be conducted by individual experts or a firm of experts licensed by NEMA.  Ecocare Africa is a duly registered Firm of Experts (Reg 2620).

What law governs occupational health and safety?

The safety and health of workers in the workplace are governed by the Occupational Safety and Health Act, of 2007 – Commonly referred to as OSHA. The main objective of the Act is to provide for the safety, health, and welfare of workers and all persons lawfully present at workplaces.

The Directorate of Occupational Safety and Health Services (DOSHS) is responsible for the administration of this Act.

What is the meaning of workplace?

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Act 2007, workplace includes any land, premises, location, vessel, or thing, at, in, upon, or near which, a worker is, in the course of employment. The Act requires all workplaces to be registered and be entered in the Register of Workplaces by the Director of Occupational Safety and Health and annual renewal of the same.

Is Health and Safety/Fire/Risk Audit mandatory?

The Occupational Safety and Health Act 2007 requires all workplaces to conduct and submit these audits and submit the Reports to the Directorate of Occupational Safety and Health Services (DOSHS) annually.

Why conduct a Fire Safety Audit?

Rule 36 of the Fire Risk Reduction Rules, 2007 (Subsidiary to OSHA, 2007) requires all workplaces to submit a fire safety audit annually, which should be conducted by a registered Fire Safety Advisor.

Who is licensed to conduct Health & Safety Audit?

Health and safety audits are conducted by consultants licensed by the Directorate of Occupational Safety and Health Act and subsidiary legislation.

What is a Safety and Health Policy Statement?

A health and safety policy sets out an entity’s general approach and commitment together with the arrangements in place for managing health and safety at the workplace. The Occupational Safety and Health Act 2007 requires the occupiers of all workplaces to formulate and display a Safety and Health Policy Statement.