ENLAR Consulting Services
As concerns about environmental sustainability and individual health and safety increase, companies will be required to effectively manage their environmental health and safety (EHS) issues as part of an overall corporate governance program.
ENLAR Compliance Services has been assisting organizations manage their EHS issues since 1997. We provide expert advice to help organizations develop compliance programs, improve the effectiveness or their existing processes, manage their documentation, develop sound disaster plans and implement product stewardship programs.
ENLAR provides the following consulting services designed to help organizations improve their environmental performance and reduce their exposure to costly fines or lawsuits:
EHS Compliance Programs
ENLAR provides broad-based assistance to help companies achieve regulatory compliance. ENLAR can:
Site-Specific Compliance Guidebooks
Today, there are a vast array of environmental, safety and health laws and regulations that are enforced by a multitude of national, state, and local governmental agencies.
Determining which of these thousands of legal requirements actually apply to your particular activities, products and services is often a difficult, confusing and time-consuming task. Yet, failing to accomplish this task may cause you or your company to face substantial fines or other penalties - including potential jail time.
On the other hand, if you attempt to comply with every requirement - whether applicable or not - you can incur significant costs and spend unnecessary time developing systems and programs that are not even required.
ENLAR Compliance Services helps companies identify their own unique compliance requirements through the development of an individually-tailored Site-Specific Compliance Guidebook. This Guidebook provides a concise and easy-to-understand summary of the environmental, safety and health regulations that actually apply to your organization.
This will help you:
You can focus on implementing your programs instead of spending your time navigating agency web sites and attempting to decipher legal jargon.
In addition, ENLAR can continue to monitor, on an on-going basis, those laws and regulations that are likely to impact your company in the future. This service will help you ensure you have programs and systems in place to meet any new legal requirements.
Contents of each Guidebook
The ENLAR Site-Specific Compliance Guidebook provides a concise and easy-to-understand summary of the requirements applicable to your organization.
Role in an Environmental Management System
Section 4.3.2 of ISO 14001 requires that the organization develop a procedure to "identify and have access to legal and other requirements to which the organization subscribes, that are applicable to the environmental aspects of its activities, products or services." These identified legal requirements must be taken into account in establishing, implementing and maintaining your management system.
Section 4.5.2 of ISO 14001 requires that procedures be put in place to periodically evaluate your compliance with those legal requirements that have been identified.
An ENLAR Site-Specific Compliance Guidebook will help meet these requirements.
First, it identifies your legal requirements by subject area.
Second, in the compliance summaries, it identifies how these legal requirements will need to be managed within your management system by identifying recordkeeping, training, operational control and measuring and monitoring requirements.
Third, it sets out how each regulation can quickly and easily be accessed using paper, electronic and web-based resources.
Finally, the compliance assessment checklists will assist you in evaluating your compliance with those legal requirements that have been identified.
Registration auditors love Site-Specific Compliance Guidebooks!
Each Guidebook is individually prepared for your company by Thea D. Dunmire. In addition to being a RABQSA-Certified EMS Lead Auditor, Ms. Dunmire is an environmental attorney, engineer, Certified Safety Professional (CSP), and Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH). She has over 20 years of experience in assisting companies with complex environmental, safety and health issues.
EMS and OH&S MS Implementation
ENLAR provides the following services to help you establish, implement and maintain an environmental or occupational safety and health management system:
ENLAR can conduct executive briefings that provide management with an overview of the management system requirements, the potential benefits and costs of registration and the legal and regulatory impacts of pursing registration.
Custom-Tailored Training Programs & Facilitated Workshops
ENLAR has developed a number of training programs that can be custom-tailored to your organization's needs. In addition, ENLAR can assist you in conducting in-house workshops to identify your environmental aspects and impacts, OH&S hazards and risks, appropriate performance indicators and operational controls.
ENLAR has conducted gap assessments for a number of organizations to assist them in comparing their current programs and management systems against the requirements of ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 and ANSI/AIHA Z10. Conducting a gap assessment is a helpful "first step" in determining how to effectively implement a management system. In addition to providing a written gap assessment report, ENLAR provides an implementation matrix that sets out, step-by-step, the tasks that need to be done to implement a management system in your organization.
Combining a gap assessment with an executive briefing can be a great way of ensuring that top management knows what needs to be done and the resources that will be required for implementation.
Management systems require documentation - documents to establish the framework for the management system and records to provide evidence of the results achieved.
ENLAR can help you develop the policies, programs and procedures needed for an effective management system. Our focus is on using your existing processes and procedures to minimize the amount of new documentation that needs to be developed. ENLAR can also help you identify and address your document and record control needs - ensuring that your paperwork is not out of control.
ENLAR can work with you to formalize a strategic plan for developing and implementing an environmental or OH&S management system. This plan will detail the tasks to be performed, a suggested implementation schedule and resource requirements.
Thea Dunmire, ENLAR's President is an experienced registration auditor. She understands the registration process and can assist you in keeping your implementation process on track and minimizing the expenses associated with management system registration.
Audit Support Services
An important part of maintaining a management system is having an effective internal audit program. Internal audits assist an organization in determining its conformance status and providing information for top management to evaluate the continued suitability, adequacy and effectiveness of the management system.
ENLAR provides the following services to help you establish, implement and maintain an environmental or occupational safety and health internal audit program:
Internal Auditor Training
ENLAR has developed a number of internal auditor training programs - for both environmental and occupational safety and health management system auditing - that can be custom-tailored to your organization's needs.
Creation of Customized Audit Checklists
Many auditors struggle with audit planning - particularly with developing good audit checklists to support their internal audit program. ENLAR has helped organizations develop individually tailored checklists that assist auditors in performing effective internal audits.
Internal Audit Program Management & Oversight
Both ISO 14001 and ISO 19011, Guidelines for quality and/or environmental management systems auditing, require that organizations have an audit program as well as audit procedures.
ENLAR can help you develop an internal audit program that is appropriate to the size, nature and complexity of your organization. ENLAR can assist with the on-going management of your internal audit program and/or periodically review your audit program for purposes of identifying problems and potential improvements.
Turn-key Internal Audit Program
Many organizations find that substantial resources are needed to maintain an internal audit program and decide it is more cost-effective to out-source their internal audit program. ENLAR can provide an internal audit program that meets the ISO 14001 and ISO 19011 requirements and provides the information needed for top management to evaluate the effectiveness of the management system. This audit program can also help your organization improve its business processes and overall corporate governance.
Emergency and Business Continuity Planning
ENLAR has assisted organizations develop and implement business continuity plans that address a wide range of potential disaster situations.
ENLAR has developed Excel spreadsheet templates to assist organizations with both the evaluation of potential business vulnerabilities and the assessment of the operational and financial impacts associated with the lost of key business processes.
ENLAR assists organizations with the development of Business Continuity Plans that address the following topics:
Sound emergency and disaster recovery planning is a critical part of an environmental or occupational safety and health management system. It is also critical to your business survival. Studies have shown that 2 out of 5 businesses that experience a disaster never resume operations. Don't let that happen to your business!
Interest in environmental sustainability is growing and with it new legal mandates are being put in place to require companies appropriately manage the environmental issues associated with their products and services.
ENLAR assists organizations with developing and implementing programs, policies and procedures focused on the management of the environmental impacts of their products. In particular, we advice organizations that are struggling with determining what is needed to conform with the EU WEEE and RoHS directives.
Documentation Development & Review
Documentation, document control and record control are key to establishing effective environmental and occupational safety and health management systems.
ENLAR has extensive experience in managing EHS documentation and can assist you in developing and controlling your management system documents and records. More information about Data Management Solutions.
In addition, ENLAR has developed two training programs focused on document management - How to Effectively Document Your Environmental Management System and From Field to Files: Creating and Managing Environmental Documents and Records. More information and course descriptions.
General EHS Consultation
Thea Dunmire has over 20 years of experience in environmental and occupational safety and health management across a wide range of industries. She has assisted organizations in addressing a variety of EHS issues from the review of environmental assessment reports and obtaining environmental permits to filing required reports, and establishing record retention programs associated with mergers and acquisitions.