Professional Practices on the Project Site
Environmental Monitoring is a very rewarding job, but it can be tough work! While working as an Environmental Monitor, it’s important to implement the most successful professional practices. A few things you will want to keep in mind include timing, flexibility and a varying monitoring effort.
An example of practicing a varying monitor effort would be to assess whether construction activities are taking places in an area of relatively low impact or a in a high-risk zone, near an environmentally sensitive area. In an area with relatively low impact, the concern of the site would be less significant than in a site with high-risk zone. As an Environmental Monitor, you need to know when to adjust your schedule and plan according to the sensitivity of the environment in a project site. In this case, you would delegate most of your time and effort to the work being carried out in the high-risk zone.
When scheduling your day as an Environmental Monitor, you have the right to choose your own schedule based on what you identify as important. This may change as the construction activities change. Therefore it is essential for you to be flexible and timely when working on a project. It is your role to ensure that the activities that require the most monitoring receive it. In order to do this you must have clear communication with the construction manager and your own direct manager.
Safety is a key practice that must also be maintained by any Environmental Monitor. When working around heavy equipment it is essential that you continuously communicate with the operator and that you are wearing PPE (personal protective equipment) at all times. PPE includes a hard-hat, a high visibility vest, steel-toed boots, as well as safety gloves and googles.