No other industry is regulated as heavily as the manufacturing industry when it comes to environmental regulatory liability. Depending on your site’s operations, it might have air permits, a wastewater permit, a stormwater permit, hazardous waste, and chemical storage and use that require reporting.
However, even with such a heavy regulatory burden, EHS Managers often lack the time and resources to give environmental compliance the attention it deserves. As a result, health and safety usually take priority throughout the year, and sometimes environmental requirements get pushed to the side.
When noncompliance can have devastating consequences for businesses, employees, surrounding areas, and the environment, this careless approach towards environmental compliance is simply unacceptable. Companies need to take a hard look at how they manage the process to identify the strengths and weaknesses within their current program.
An annual review, preferably at the end of the calendar year, is a great way to evaluate your environmental programs, ensure that you are in compliance, and plan for any upcoming compliance requirements in the new year. Identifying issues now, during an annual review, and proactively working to remedy them can save you from EPA inspections and violations in the future.
When you complete an annual review, you create an opportunity to catch anything that fell through the cracks and identify upcoming events. However, finding the time can be tricky when most EHS professionals are already spread thin.
Many manufacturing facilities schedule shut-downs or slow production around the holidays, which makes it the perfect time to audit your environmental programs, organize documentation, and plan for the upcoming year.
Even if the end of the year isn’t slow at your facility, you should still prioritize an annual environmental compliance review. When done correctly, a yearly review is a powerful tool that can identify issues early, allowing you to correct them before they become significant noncompliance issues.
Encamp can help. For companies within the manufacturing industry, ensuring that your records and facility are ready for an unannounced inspection or audit is critical to maintaining the health of your business. However, correctly maintaining the documentation and everything else that goes into preserving environmental compliance is challenging.
Encamp solves the complexity of environmental compliance with high-tech solutions and high-touch expert support and is on a mission to create a world where good for business can equal good for the environment. We help enterprises transform compliance programs and human processes into a technology-driven system that lays the foundation for accurate and ongoing environmental compliance. Request a demo to learn more.
Jenn joined Encamp in 2022 with more than 15 years of environmental compliance experience. Prior to joining Encamp, she spent three years as the head of the Environmental Department for the City of Cleveland, Department of Public Utilities, where she managed a team of HazMat professionals and oversaw all aspects of environmental compliance for a large electric, water, and sewer utility. She also has experience as an EHS Manager in the chemical and biochemical sectors, and eight years of experience in Environmental Consulting. Jenn maintains certification as a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM). She is passionate about protecting the environment, understanding complex environmental regulations, and helping companies achieve compliance with these regulations.