A personal interest in environmental management turns into a professional development opportunity supported by management, benefitting personal, work, financial and environmental savings.
I’m Lee Wettner, a Production Line Manager located at Site 2 within the Sudbury Diagnostics site. I have been with the company for a remarkable 15 years and have so far enjoyed my journey working in the healthcare industry.
I was really interested in Environmental Management and talked to my Manager and the Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Manager regarding gaining more knowledge on this subject. I was pleased when the company said they would support my development. This would not only develop myself but give me new skills that I can use to help the company’s environmental processes.
I registered for the NEBOSH Environmental Management course in July 2019, and to be honest, I thought I already knew a lot already regarding the environment from my daily life. The course opened my eyes, as I soon realised the environment is a very big subject and I had a lot to learn.
I worked my way through the coursework and completed this in February 2020, I was then ready to apply to take my exam. Just as lockdown began, I found I could not take my exam due to COVID-19 restrictions. Followed by the new work and home life readjustment taking priority, as we all had to adapt to a new way of working and living.
I completed my practical project, having taken my exam on the 9th December 2020, and received my exam results on the 7th April 2021, and passed. I am looking forward to being able to use my new skills in the workplace. You would think environmental improvements would cost money but often there is a financial benefit also. A win-win for everybody.