An environmental audit is an assessment of the nature and extent of harm (or risk of harm) to the environment posed by an industrial process or activity, waste, substance or noise. An audit must be able to deliver authoritative advice that can be relied upon to make decisions affecting our future.
Hazard (Environmental Audits)
Environmental auditing can be used as a tool for identifying environmental liabilities. Environmental audits can vary widely depending on the purpose for which they are intended. Pre-acquisition and due diligence are the most commonly requested environmental audits. The purpose of many audits are to assist an organisation understand their regulatory obligations while complying with current and prospective legislation. Regulatory Compliance Audits are increasingly used to ensure that an organisation’s environmental management system provides sufficient protection required for continual success.
In order for a thorough audit to be conducted, a thorough working knowledge of the following national and NSW guidelines, policies and legislation is required:
- Australian and New Zealand Guidelines for the Assessment and Management of Contaminated Sites (ANZECC & NHMRC 1992) and updates
- Australian and New Zealand Guidelines for Fresh and Marine Water Quality (ANZECC & ARMCANZ 2000)
- National Environment Protection (Assessment of Site Contamination) Measure 2013 Managing Land Contamination: Planning Guidelines (DUAP & EPA 1998)
- State Environmental Planning Policy No. 55: Remediation of Land (DUAP 1998)
- Environmental Guidelines: Assessment, Classification and Management of Liquid and Non-liquid Wastes (EPA 1999)
- Chemical Control Orders (CCOs) issued by OEH under the Environmentally Hazardous Chemicals Act 1985
- All contaminated sites guidelines and policies issued by OEH, including these guidelines
- Any other guidelines made or approved by OEH under the CLM Act
- Relevant guidelines and monographs issued by the enHealth Council, the National Health and Medical Research Council NHMRC) and the Environment Protection and Heritage Council
Our environmental audit team is highly experienced and can provide an unparalleled range of expertise contributing to the success of the auditing process.