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Auditing and Verification

There is growing recognition among organizations of all types that environmental, health. and safety (EHS) challenges represent genuine business enterprise risks. Trinity's EHS Performance & Risk Management team assists clients in addressing EHS challenges from various perspectives - strategic planning, program evaluation, and systems development. Trinity's expertise provides value to clients in characterizing enterprise-wide EHS impacts, addressing stakeholder expectations, managing EHS-related risks and opportunities, and improving EHS performance.

EHS Auditing Services

Trinity's auditing team assists organizations with auditing for compliance with regulatory requirements as well as conformance with management systems.

Regulatory Compliance Auditing

Auditing systems to evaluate compliance with regulations is especially important because of potential enforcement issues. Trinity develops a protocol for compliance audits and assesses site performance related to EPA and OSHA regulations, including state and local requirements. Trinity's audit team is experienced in conducting regulatory compliance audits for the following programs (among others):

  • Environmental
    • Air quality permitting and regulatory compliance, including Continuous Emissions Monitoring System (CEMS)
    • Solid waste (including generator, transporter, TSDF, and waste receptor)
    • Water (wastewater discharges, water reclamation and reuse, water appropriation, stormwater)
    • Emergency preparedness (SPCC, FRP, and FSP)
    • Risk Management Plans and Accidental Release Prevention (Program Levels 2 and 3)
    • Hazardous Materials Reporting (Tier 2, TRI)
  • Occupational Safety and Health
    • Process safety management (PSM)
    • OSHA general industry standards
    • OSHA shipbreaking standards
    • Permit-required confined space programs
    • Lockout/tagout programs
  • Other
    • Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS)

During a compliance audit, Trinity reviews all relevant data, including applications, permits, plot plans, construction history, emissions calculations, monitoring information, regulatory reports, process flow diagrams, and operational data. We typically visit the site to ensure that all emissions sources have been identified.

Our next step is to perform a regulatory applicability analysis to identify all federal, state, and local requirements for each emissions source. Based on this information, we determine unit-by-unit compliance and suggest corrective actions, classifying non-compliance findings based on severity and recommending best management practices. This allows our clients to make informed decisions on how to address compliance issues. The result is a complete picture of all regulatory requirements, a plan to attain and maintain compliance, and a basis for establishing an annual compliance audit plan.

Corporate EH&S Audits

Internal Audits are structured to assess a company's performance against its own standards. These standards may exceed regulatory requirements and encompass industry best practices. Trinity can either develop a protocol or use an existing corporate protocol, and the audit can be performed by a Trinity team or a team that combines Trinity and client personnel.

Management Systems Assessments

Trinity's auditing professionals frequently evaluate organizations' conformance with standards such as ISO 14001, RC 14001, OHSAS 18001, and other EHS management systems, often in preparation for the certification process. The process includes elements such as the following:

  • Gap analysis - A gap analysis compares an organization's existing system with the requirements of an EHS standard in order to identify areas of nonconformance, or gaps. The work plan that results is a roadmap for implementation.
  • Pre-registration readiness audits - A readiness assessment helps assure that all systems are implemented and that there is sufficient evidence available to move forward with certification. This process increases the likelihood of a successful registration experience, potentially reducing total cost. Additionally, Trinity provides a variety of customized services that include training and on-site assistance during the registration audit.
  • Internal audits - Trinity can audit internal EHS systems to evaluate performance against standard requirements and corporate objectives. When problems are found, we advise on system improvements and maintenance.
  • Enterprise-wide assessments - Trinity supports corporate staff in the unique challenge they face when planning and implementing an enterprise-wide EHS assessment process. This includes developing customized EHS standards, a best-in-class system rollout, communication procedures, and training.  We also create implementation toolkits and guidance materials. 

Who needs Auditing and Verification Services?

The management of any facility requires a watchful eye to ensure regulations and procedures are followed and the intent of management is met. By conducting audits, companies can be assured that prescribed environmental and safety procedures are properly performed. It is an approach that makes good business sense. The lack of proper oversight can adversely impact not only local communities but also the health and well-being of employees. In addition, regulatory fines, increased costs, a poor reputation, and low employee morale can result.   

  • Prevention - Trinity can help you evaluate environmental and safety systems to find issues of concern before they become problems. With our extensive auditing resources, skills, and experience, we will help you maintain and improve compliance management systems so your company can achieve economic, employee, and community success.
  • Staffing - Increased regulations for monitoring, recordkeeping, and reporting make it difficult to ensure proper oversight of operations, especially if an EHS department is operating with minimal resources. Trinity's professional staff provides the additional resources needed to perform EHS audits. We provide objective assessments of your compliance status, recommend changes to correct problems, and provide guidance on correcting the system to ensure improved performance in the future.
  • The Process Approach - The most effective method of auditing a management system is to employ the Process Approach. It is a key to examining systems such as ISO 14001, RC 14001, OHSAS 18001, and EPA's Performance Track Program. Following the Process Approach, we analyze the actions that precede each operation and the actions that follow.  We determine which inputs are necessary for proper completion and which outputs are necessary for the next step to be successful.  Originally applied to quality in manufacturing, the Process Approach is fundamental in evaluating environmental and safety performance.  

Trinity Can Help - Contact Us Today

For more than 45 years, Trinity has assisted facilities with ensuring compliance with applicable regulations, management system standards, and other requirements. This domain expertise combined with our knowledge of industry processes and our auditing experience provide a powerful auditing resource for industrial and commercial facilities. Trinity's staff includes auditors that meet a number of professional auditing qualifications including the following:

  • Certified Professional Environmental Auditors (CPEAs)
  • Certified Energy Auditors (CEA) 
  • Certified ISO 14001 auditors
  • American Chemistry Council Responsible Care® trained auditors
  • Certified Practitioners for Energy Management Systems - Industrial Sector (CP EnMS) ISO 50001 and Superior Energy Performance
  • ISO 9001 and OHSAS 18001 trained auditors

For more information about how Trinity can help you with EHS audits, call Trinity at +1 (800) 229-6655 or Contact Us online.

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