Services: Compliance Management and Environmental Due Diligence

 

Compliance and Management System Audit Services

GESI personnel have performed compliance audits for a wide range of industrial clients. Compliance audits are an important tool toward maintaining regulatory compliance and in identifying process improvements – both of which can translate into cost savings.

GESI’s approach to compliance audits involves not only a review of compliance with federal, state, and local regulations and permit requirements, but also evaluating management systems and practices in place to maintain compliance on a daily basis after process modifications. The goal of the GESI audit process is not just to identify compliance issues but also to provide recommendations to address these issues and improve a facility’s ability to maintain compliance.

GESI personnel conduct two primary types of compliance audits. The Environmental Compliance Audit is typically conducted with respect to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulations and applicable state and local environmental regulations. The Safety and Health Compliance Audit generally covers the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations, industrial hygiene programs and practices, medical monitoring programs, general accident reduction practices, and general loss control procedures.

Compliance audits are provided as a stand-alone service or are routinely conducted in conjunction with Phase I Environmental Site Assessments in support of a real estate or property transaction.

Environmental Due Diligence

The purchase of property or the acquisition of a company can be significantly impacted by environmental issues. The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, or (CERCLA) Superfund legislation, has made companies more aware of the importance of environmental due diligence. Purchasing property with potentially serious environmental issues can create serious environmental and financial liabilities for the company.

At GESI, we understand that when companies embark on the purchase of property or an acquisition of a company, there is an urgency to obtain the best environmental information available and identify potential environmental issues at the site so that the company can make a decision of how it wishes to proceed. In addition, identification of potential environmental issues may become a factor in how the deal for the purchase may be structured.

The most common tool to obtain information regarding current and past environmental issues for property transactions is the Phase I Environmental Site Assessment. A Phase I Environmental Site Assessment provides a detailed records search of historic land use and an on-site review of the site operations and the property. Limited soil and water sampling may also be conducted. In addition to the subject property, our staff will review the historical records and conduct site assessments of adjoining properties that may impact the subject property being purchased.

If environmental concerns are identified, GESI personnel have extensive experience in conducting Phase II Exploration and Phase III Remediation projects. We can also provide clients with cost estimates and conduct cleanup operations at the site.

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