If your business uses, stores or produces oils, chemicals or chemical products; generates hazardous or non-hazardous wastes, air emissions or industrial wastewater; or is subject to storm water regulations, you need SME’s Compliance Team to evaluate and improve your existing regulatory compliance programs and develop the missing ones.

Businesses from dry cleaners to automobile repair shops to manufacturing plants to oil refineries are subject to environmental regulations that require compliance with chemical and oil handling and storage requirements, effluent limits and permits, reporting requirements, contingency planning rules, shipping restrictions, and health and safety standards. Some businesses establish environmental management systems (EMSs), like ISO 14001, to formalize and standardize their environmental compliance and management programs, while others rely on individual programs for each compliance area, such as waste and wastewater management, hazard communication, chemical and oil storage, air emissions, and contingency planning. Regardless, the effectiveness of each of these programs needs to be evaluated periodically to ensure compliance – and that’s where SME’s Environmental Compliance Team comes in.

SME’s compliance audits are customized for every client. Whether initiated to evaluate your existing programs or to respond to a regulatory notice of non-compliance, we can perform a comprehensive evaluation of all of your environmental, health and safety (EHS) programs, or we can focus only on selected areas. Our audits are well-planned so our experts spend the minimum necessary time in your facility and create minimal disruptions and distractions. We can provide your management and staff with a summary of our findings at the conclusion of our on-site period, and we will issue a full report soon thereafter. We can then work with you to develop corrective actions, from just tweaking existing programs to creating new ones, for identified deficiencies.

SME’s EHS regulatory compliance audits cover the following ISO 14001 EMS requirements and federal, state and local regulations and permits:

  • ISO 14001
    • Registration audits
    • Internal audits
    • Compliance audits
  • Solid Waste Management
  • Hazardous Waste Management
  • Wastewater Management
  • Air Emissions Management
  • Storm Water Management
  • Underground and Aboveground Storage Tank Systems
  • Contingency Planning
  • Community Right-to-Know
  • Toxic Release Inventory
  • Oil and Chemical Management and Storage
  • Chemical Health and Safety
  • Hazard Communication (general and laboratory)
  • PCB Management
  • Hazardous Materials Management (e.g. asbestos-containing materials)

 

SME’s audits incorporate evaluations of operational compliance, written plans and other documentation, recordkeeping and document control, efficiencies of compliance systems, waste and effluent minimization, and sustainability.

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James M. Harless, PhD, CHMM

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Environmental Services

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James E. Alvarez, LPG

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