In general environmental internal audits are the regular examination of your business operating methods and comparing them against those set out in your environmental management system (EMS) manual. These can be reviews of procedures and areas of operation and are designed to assess effectiveness.
The main aims of internal auditing are to help identify:
- Where environmental management processes are working well;
- Where they may need to be improved on; and
- Where there are any new potential environmental risks.
More specifically, the audits aim to assess whether clear objectives and targets are being met and that a facility:
- Complies with the agreed policies, objectives and targets of an EMS;
- Has effective emergency procedures and control systems;
- Meets legal requirements;
- Makes sure employees, contractors and suppliers have the skills needed and are given appropriate training.
The audit should focus on areas of environmental significance and legislative compliance with the frequency of the audits being dependent on the significance of a facilities environmental aspects. At a minimum, an audit should be carried out on all procedures and areas at least once a year.
Businesses not operating under environmental management systems can be audited similarly. These audits are intended to review the companies legal compliance status in an operational context.
AVRIO has significant experience in carrying out internal audits for a variety of facilities across different industries. We would design an audit and timetable for your facility with suitable checklists outlining which aspects are to be audited and the frequency of each audit.