An environmental compliance audit (ECA) is an investigation of the compliance status of a facility and/or the extent of environmental liability. This process is a systematic, documented evaluation of a facility, focusing on current operating and administrative procedures and processes.
Typically ECA’s consist of, but are not limited to the following:
- Storm water pollution Plan (SWPPP)
- Spill Prevention Control (SPCC) and counter measure plans
- Air quality Management Plans
- Waste Management Plans
- OSHA Health and Safety Plans
Each of these items require some level of training, permitting, record keeping and implementation of each plan in order to stay compliant with fed, state, and local government regulations.
In addition: Phase 1 and Phase 2 environmental site assessments and environmental due diligence may be performed to minimize environmental business risks.
- A phase I ESA performed to identify recognized environmental conditions in connection with the property.
- A phase II ESA based on recognized environmental conditions identified during a phase 1 ESA, ECA, or known and suspected releases and at a facility.
Environmental Compliance Audit Tips
- Always be sure your permits are renewed and record keeping is up to date.
- Make sure your employees are following the requirements of each permit.
- Cleanliness is next to Godliness, so keep things neat and organized and you will minimize the risk of possible fines and even cease of operations orders from regulators.