Environmental Audits

Environmental audits

Environmental auditing is the process of reviewing a facility’s compliance with its environmental requirements. Environmental audits are used to evaluate compliance, but are often required to maintain environmental certifications.
Environmental auditing is the process of reviewing a facility’s compliance with its environmental requirements. Environmental requirements can include both regulations and internal corporate standards.
Environmental audits are used to evaluate compliance, but are often required to maintain environmental certifications.

Environmental Auditing Processes

Environmental auditing can be performed by internal or external auditors, each with their own benefits. Internal corporate auditors conduct environmental audits as needed, generally on a recurring periodic schedule.
Internal auditors are personnel familiar with the site and its processes, and the company’s overall operations. Internal auditors provide a valuable service as they provide a good assessment of how a facility is doing; however, they may be less likely to disrupt business operations.

External auditors provide an unbiased, fresh look at your operations to ensure that your facility is complying with your environmental regulations or your environmental management systems.
To maintain certain international certifications, external auditing may be required.

Using an audit protocol, auditors evaluate a facility’s compliance against either environmental regulations or corporate policies and procedures. Auditors will identify any areas where the facility needs to address environmental regulations or can institute best practices. The goal of the audit is to determine non-compliances, identify the root cause, and suggest actions to bring the facility into conformity.

Environmental audits help ensure that your facility complies with its environmental regulations and minimize the environmental risks associated with your activities. Audits not only show where performance can be improved, but can also highlight where your environmental performance excels.

The importance of conducting environmental audits

Environmental audits, whether conducted by internal or external auditors, provides facilities with a clear indication of their environmental performance.
Regular audits ensure that any environmental issues or liabilities are discovered and corrected as soon as possible.
Continually monitoring your environmental performance mitigates the potential for regulators to penalize your facilities and damage your brand image.

Environmental auditing: how can Red-on-line help?

Red-on-line offers customized legal registers containing all of your federal, state, and local environmental regulations and can also incorporate any internal environmental management system standards.
This legal register can be a comprehensive audit protocol for both internal and external audits. Red-on-line provides comprehensive external environmental audits that will determine whether your facility is compliant with each environmental requirement.

The audit results include specific observations plus a suggested action plan, and are available on a user-friendly software.
The software and audit protocols can be used by internal auditors to track and manage your environmental compliance.

Within the Red-on-line system, you can create action plans to address any audit findings. Our software can provide individual legal registers for multiple sites, allowing you to track and compare all of your facilities throughout the world.


What are audit protocols?

Audit protocols are checklists facilities can use to determine whether they are compliant with any legal or other requirements.

What is an environmental management system?

An environmental management system is a framework that an organization uses to create and implement an environmental policy, which includes setting and evaluating environmental goals and objectives.

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