August 5, 2010

Newsletter Highlights Environment, Health, and Safety Enforcement in Africa

Filed under: Africa, Compliance Inspections — Tags: , , — inece @ 12:40 pm

Enhesa, Inc.’s July 2010 Newsletter, The Enhesa Flash, highlights Environment, Health, and Safety (EHS) enforcement efforts throughout Africa.  Copies of The July Enhesa Flash are available for complimentary download as a large PDF file.

Particular articles that may be of interest include:

  • Getting Stronger:  EHS laws expanding across Africa [pg 1]
    Since the beginning of the 1990s, several African countries have begun to expand their legislative framework by addressing environmental and occupational health and safety issues. Deregulation and privatisation, the shift to a market-based economy and growing efforts to enhance political stability favoured the promotion and the development of the private sector, including foreign direct investments. By the end of the 1990s, most countries had made environmental impact assessment (EIA) mandatory for regulated business operations. Today, while these regulations are still being improved, their enforcement has gotten into its stride.”
  • Toughening up:  crack-down on facilities ignoring EHS requirements (Nigeria)  [pg. 3]
    “Effective enforcement is critical to promoting compliance with EHS laws and regulations and is a logical next step in a maturing EHS regulatory system after having adopted a functional framework…In order to encourage effective compliance with EHS laws and regulations, Nigerian authorities have recently shut down several facilities for failing to comply with EHS laws and regulations.”
  • Striving for a modern and effective environmental legal framework (South Africa) [pg. 4]
    While the South African environmental law framework has improved in substance, enforcement has not been left behind. The National Environmental Laws Amendment Act, 2009, along with other recent changes, introduces harsher judicial and administrative penalties for environmental offences.

This post was submitted by Jonathan Nwagbaraocha, Esq., Consultant, Enhesa.

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