Compliance & Auditing Consultants
The need for ongoing assessment of EHS performance is essential within an organisation; this may be via a formal audit process or simple EHS inspections. The key is to use the assessment process to identify strengths, weaknesses and opportunities for improvement.
Our assessment programs are designed to align with our client's EHS culture and strategy - creating a prioritised programme to ensure compliance with legal and company requirements.
Services we offer
EHS Compliance Audits
A compliance audit is a comprehensive review that focuses on an organisation’s commitment to a set of regulatory guidelines, corporate standards or its adherence to a specific contract or terms of agreement.
We work with clients to understand the required scope and preferred methodology for their audit programme. Our auditors, experienced across many sectors and regions, then work to plan, establish and implement an audit regime that takes into account the existing EHS programmes and operational activities. The resulting audits identify any compliance gaps allowing company management to make informed, intelligent decisions based on risk.
A legal register is a collection of acts, regulations and other legal provisions which are identified as specifically applicable to an operating unit, site or organisation as a whole. It is a general interpretation of the provisions, stating in simple terms, what the organisation has to do to meet the specific requirement set out in each provision, known as the compliance obligation.
Our legal registers are more than a copy of all legislation and other requirements, they are tailored to establish which legal provisions apply in which set of conditions, and how to interpret those compliance obligations. Simply, an organisation can not be legally compliant if they do not know what they need to do.
Our legal specialists are skilled in understanding the applicability of EHS legislation to various industries and sectors. We can create bespoke or review existing legal registers through a gap analysis assessment which identifies missing, amended, revoked or new compliance obligations. Registers can be used to assess and document the level of legal compliance and meet the requirements of the recognised international standards, such as ISO14001, OHSAS18001 and ISO45001.
EHS Due Diligence Audits
Due diligence is an investigation or audit of a potential investment or product to confirm facts deemed material. It refers to the reasonable care that should be taken before entering into an agreement or a financial transaction with another party.
Similarly to compliance auditing, we work with clients to understand the required scope and preferred methodology for their audit programme but with specific focus on the materiality threshold. Our auditors, experienced across many sectors and regions, then work to plan, establish and implement an audit programme that focuses on capturing historical issues, outstanding and future claims and potential liabilities. The resulting audits usually benefit both of the parties by enabling the financial decision of the transaction.
Gap Analysis Assessments and Management System Audits
A management system is a framework of policies, processes and procedures used by an organisation to ensure that it can fulfill all the tasks required to achieve its objectives, and are designed to improve performance in one aspect of the organisation that benefits the whole. With respect to EHS, these are often certified to international standards, such as ISO14001, 450001 and OHSAS 18001, but other best practice management models such as the HSE's HSG65 still exist.
We provide clause-by-clause gap analysis assessments of the most frequently requested management system models. This independent assessment allows for a review of compliance concerns, identifies opportunities for improvement and provides a route map for management system development.
Compliance Support and Permits
Certain activities and processes which present the greatest harm to the environment or human health are subject to additional scrutiny by EHS regulators, often in the form of permits to operate which contain conditions or rules that the operator must comply with.
We provide support to operators in making the applications to the regulators (HSE / EA), and in meeting the compliance conditions set. Specifically in the HS arena, this includes COMAH notifications, developing Major Accident Prevention Policy (MAPP) and Fire Prevention Plans (FPP). Our colleagues in the Environmental Planning team handle all aspects of support with regard to Environmental Permitting Regulations (EPR). We also assist operators in all aspects of permit variation, transfer and meeting the conditions in permit surrender.