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Safety and Environmental Assessments

Do you dread hearing the words "A government inspector is in the lobby waiting for you, and he says he's here to conduct an inspection!"?

EHSO can help you to remove that anxiety by performing a customized, confidential inspection and assessment of your facility's level of compliance with a wide range of government regulations from OSHA and environment to transportation.

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Audits, inspections and assessments are useful and inexpensive tools to identify problems and enable you to correct them!  EHSO audits are customized to meet your needs and are focused upon helping you correct any problems yourself, with no further expense.

Here are the audits EHSO offers.  Click on one or scroll down to view the full text. :

1/2 day General Compliance Assessment (GCA)

1 to 2 Day Comprehensive Compliance Assessment (CCA)

2 to 5 Day Full Compliance Assessment (FCA)

Phase I / Phase II Assessments

Pollution Prevention / Waste Minimization

SaSafety and OSHA Compliance Assessments


1/2 day General Compliance Assessment (GCA) sakwetch.JPG (7193 bytes)

Cost : $475

Description :
The GCA is an initial survey designed to help businesses who may have little or no environmental expertise on staff assess their overall level of compliance with environmental, health and safety requirements.  It especially focuses upon the basic environmental requirements, plans, reports and documents which are required.  A summary of the requirements and an explanation of the actions required to achieve compliance is provided in a quick, easy-to-understand and use format.

Areas of focus :
Safety (OSHA); Hazardous waste (RCRA); Spills, releases, emergency response (CERCLA/ SARA); Stormwater / wastewater discharges (CWA); Air emissions (CAA), UST management.

Intended for :
Small to medium sized companies or facilities

Final product :
Letter report, checklist and guide to corrective actions


1 to 2 Day Comprehensive Compliance Assessment (CCA) man inspecting drums of product.jpg (11528 bytes)

Cost : $650 to $1300

Description:
The CCA is designed to help businesses assess their  compliance with environmental, health and safety requirements. More detailed in depth than the GCA, this assessment includes examination of records, reports, materials, and interviews to provide a snapshot of compliance.  A summary of the requirements and an explanation of the actions required to achieve compliance is provided in a quick, easy-to-understand and use format.

Areas of focus :
Safety (OSHA); Hazardous waste (RCRA); Spills, releases, emergency response (CERCLA/ SARA); Stormwater / wastewater discharges (CWA); Air emissions (CAA), UST management, management systems, verification of documentation and recordkeeping systems, areas of special interest, etc.

Intended for :
Small to medium sized companies or facilities

Final product :
Audit report, Checklist and guide to corrective actions


2 to 5 Day Full Compliance Assessment (FCA) leak detection.JPG (3656 bytes)

Cost : $1300 to $7000

Description:
The FCA is is an extensive assessment meeting the strict definition of an environmental compliance audit.  As an initial assessment of an acquisition or a facility that has not been audited in a while, or as a periodic compliance review; this assessment meets the need of an independent review of environmental management for progress reports and outside organizations. designed to help businesses assess their   compliance with environmental, health and safety requirements.  This assessment includes detailed examination of records, reports, materials, interviews, government records searches, title search, and verification of implementation of policies and practices.  to provide a snapshot of compliance.  A summary of the requirements and an explanation of the actions required to achieve compliance is provided in a quick, easy-to-understand and use format and in a format suitable for upper management.

Areas of focus
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Safety (OSHA); Hazardous waste (RCRA); Spills, releases, emergency response (CERCLA/ SARA); Stormwater / wastewater discharges (CWA); Air emissions (CAA), UST management, management systems including ISO14000, verification of documentation and recordkeeping systems, areas of special interest, etc.

Intended for :
Medium to large sized companies and facilities

Final product :
Audit report, documentation, checklists,  and regulatory citations, guide to corrective actions, recommendations of technologies, and supplemental guides.


 

Phase I / Phase II Assessments

 

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Cost : $1,500 to $3,000

Description :
A Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) is an investigation which determines if a property is likely be contaminated with hazardous substances.  Phase I assessments are required for most property transactions - whenever ownership, control, management, or occupancy of a property changes hands, a Phase I is advised to document existing environmental conditions to reduce CERCLA ( Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980, also known as Superfund)   liability.  To avoid getting stuck with a huge bill for cleanup of contamination that you did not cause,  CERCLA, provides a means out; the Innocent Landowner Defense to CERCLA liability. One may claim the Innocent Landowner Defense in the event contamination is discovered on a property if, prior to becoming associated with the property, one has exercised Due Diligence, or all appropriate inquiry into the prior history and usage of the property, as long as all appropriate inquiry did not disclose the potential for environmental problems.    The assessment is based on information which is reasonably ascertainable, i.e., 1) publicly available , 2) involving reasonable time and costs , and is 3) practically reviewable . These definitions were developed by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) and are accepted as the standard protocol in the U.S.  EHSO uses ASTM Standard Practice E-1527-94 as it's approach for conducting Phase I assessments.   For more information about Phase I assessments, click on our site's table of contents and look under "Phase I Assessments"

Area of focus
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potential of contamination to property, including structures (buildings, offices, etc.) and lands (soil, water, groundwater, air).

Intended for

Intended for
: Any sized property owner/occupant/manager, any number of site employees

Final product : ASTM 1527-94 Appendix X2 report


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Cost : $75/hour (typically, $300 to $700 per project)

Description This assessment focuses not on regulatory compliance, but on cost reduction.  Processes, equipment and products are examined against the a range of tools, from the latest technologies to simple changes that result in a product of equal or better quality at a lower cost.   Templates and case studies are provided to demonstrate potential savings.

Area of focus : production, manufacturing processes

Intended for : Manufacturing operations

Final product : Report with recommendations, case studies, and calculations.


For more information about environmental assessments, the standards and regulations, see this page .

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This page was updated on 30-Mar-2016