Regional Organization for Conservation of the Environment of the Red Sea and
Gulf of Aden (PERSGA) organized a regional workshop on Environmental Inspection
of Industry in Red Sea and Gulf of
Aden Coastal Cities in
support of the UNIDO initiative for the implementation of a regional strategy
for the reduction of persistent organic pollutants (POPs). The workshop was
conducted during the period September 22nd to 24th at the Mutual Aid Center in Hurghada, Egypt,
and was attended by about 20 participants.
The workshop was facilitated by Dr. Louernie F. de Sales as an independent consultant and Dr. Mohammad Badran from PERSGA. Environmental inspection provides industry with an overall view of the environmental and energy conditions to which they are subject. It provides a good basis for assessing where the best opportunities for improvements lie. Improvements might take the form of energy savings or reduction of waste and contaminated emissions. Thus an environmental inspection involves a systematic charting of resource consumption, handling of materials and products, and waste and emissions generation stemming from sources within the company, and establishing a basis for taking action where it is most effective.
Inspection may help in analyzing the impacts of industry on coastal and marine environments as industrial emissions may reach the coastal environment through a variety of routes such as wind, waste water discharges and, in industries such as ship-recycling, direct contact with coastal habitats. Environmental inspections serve both the business and the regulatory authority and may be conducted for numerous reasons. Environmental inspectors have the legal authority to enter a facility or private property to conduct an inspection to determine compliance according to local or national environmental laws, rules and regulations. Inspections can be pre-arranged or not, but generally occur during regular working hours. In the event of a spill or other emergency, after-hours inspection may be necessary. Facilities should have a well identified environmental coordinator or person in charge. Environmental inspector should identify their official title, and discuss the scope of the inspection activities. The workshop was highly interactive and suggested a number of recommendations and a checklist for harmonization of environmental inspection within PERSGA countries, or at least in the coastal cities of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden.
The Regional Organization for the Conservation of the Environment in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden