Assessment of shop house enterprises in the Bangkok metropolitan area in view of environmental and health aspects

Chantamon Potipituk, Ranjith Perera

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This study aims to assess environmental and health impacts created by shop house enterprises and to identify the factors contributing to those impacts. The work was carried out in Bangkok, Thailand. This study used questionnaire surveys, interviews, and data collection. Responses were obtained from two different groups of stakeholders. First, the perceptions of owners and workers in shop house enterprises of their environmental management practices were determined. A second group of stakeholders consisting of affected community members, customers and relevant decision makers was queried to determine their perceptions of environmental performance of shop house enterprises. Using this strategy, perceived environmental conditions were determined by stakeholders and supported with actual measurement in air and noise pollution generated by shop house enterprises. The study results show that activities of shop house enterprise are perceived to generate adverse environmental and health impacts at various levels. The magnitude of each of these impacts suggests the priority at which policy interventions are needed to address these factors. We conclude that public policy to reduce environmental and health impacts should be done concurrently with efforts to mitigate factors contributing to environmental and health impacts generated by shop house enterprises. The effectiveness of existing environmental management measures for shop house enterprises by a decentralized administrative system requires further examination. It will be necessary to revisit existing environmental management practices for enterprises engaging in high risk activities.

Original languageEnglish
JournalEnvironmental Development
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Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2014

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metropolitan area
agglomeration area
health impact
health
environmental impact
environmental management
stakeholder
management practice
administrative system
noise pollution
questionnaire survey
shop
air pollution
Thailand
atmospheric pollution
environmental factors
decision maker
environmental conditions
public policy
customer

Keywords

  • Environmental assessment
  • Informal sector
  • Shop house enterprise
  • Thailand

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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