Compliance Assessments and Audit
An audit is a systematic, independent and documented process for obtaining evidence and evaluating it objectively to determine the extent to which the (audit) criteria are fulfilled.
Why complete an audit?
There are a number of reasons:
- A facility is interested in evaluating their adherence to environmental regulations, i.e., a compliance audit. Such reviews are a way of assessing concurrence to company policies and regulatory standards to minimize risk and liability.
- The established management system standard, e.g., ISO 14001, is periodically reviewed to ensure actual procedures agree with documented requirements. This is done as part of continual improvement within the common Plan-Do-Check-Act model.
- An incident at the facility results in an environmental release or injury to an employee. Are facility procedures in place to prevent a reoccurrence?
- A government inspection results in the determination that established programs are inadequate to meet the regulatory requirements. The resulting notices of violation (NOVs) are costly – impacting both company profitability as well as the company’s standing in the community.
ESC’s auditing services cover a full range of issues – from focused reviews of a single compliance program to full-scale, multi-media compliance and management system audits. Our compliance reviews and regulatory audits provide our clients third-party baseline assessments leading to assistance in the implementation of effective corrective actions. In today’s world of increasing regulatory requirements coupled with global internet access, it is more important than ever to stay ahead of potential liabilities and compliance headaches.
We look forward to assisting you.
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