Many organizations find periodic third party audits to be a valuable tool in confirming the integrity of their environmental regulatory compliance programs. Although an external audit is not a condition of compliance with most Federal regulations, some states require third party verification of specific reporting requirements (i.e. GHG emissions, cap and trade.)
External audits aid in managing the risks associated with inspections and/or enforcement action by validating the accuracy of an organization’s approach and methodology; thereby ensuring that claims can stand up to the scrutiny of a regulatory agency.
In some cases, third party verification may be required by a customer in order to provide transparency and confirm the accuracy of methodology used in data collection, emission calculations, recordkeeping and other critical data that may be published in marketing statements, customer questionnaires and reports to stakeholders.
Cornerstone’s management and staff believe the audit process is a critical step in establishing and maintaining compliance; therefore, we provide the most experienced and qualified personnel to manage every audit/assessment project.
Our staff members are educated in a number of scientific disciplines (many with advanced degrees and certifications) and bring experience from both regulatory and manufacturing environments to guarantee that customers receive the highest standard of service.
We leverage our knowledge of ISO methodology and implementation to provide comprehensive summaries of findings, open issues and, when appropriate, suggested corrective actions along with detailed supporting documentation in the full report for our audits and assessments.
Environmental (EPA) Regulatory Compliance Assessments: Full compliance audits, as well as assessment of compliance to specific regulations, including:
- Clean Air Act: Emissions Source Auditing, Emissions Control Evaluations, Carbon Footprint, Greenhouse Gas Inventory, Gap Analysis Audit, Best Available Control Technology studies (BACT and RACT)
- Clean Water Act: Wastewater/Stormwater Auditing, Gap Analysis Auditing, Materials Storage Auditing (to evaluate applicability to other Federal or State Clean Water Act regulations)
- Waste Assessments: Resource Efficiency Audits
Quality, Environmental and Safety Management Systems: Gap Analysis, Internal Audits, Surveillance Audits, Customer/Stakeholder Requirements Conformance Evaluations
- Worker Safety: OSHA Regulatory Compliance Assessments, Loss Prevention Assessments, Safety Program Assessment, Job Hazard Analysis, Accident Investigation, Ergonomic Assessment, Safety Committee Evaluation
- Site Investigation/Remediation: Phase I ESA, Phase II ESA, Property Assessments, Natural Resource Evaluations, Vapor Intrusion Studies, Health-based Risk Assessments