GAP Assessment Audits
We carry out GAP audits for various management standards to assess the readiness of any organization for any management standards implementation. This value added activity ensures that the organization understands its strength and weakness for any standards prior to preparation of any action plan. This activity can be carried out as part of overall implementation process or also as a stand alone activity.
Due Diligence Audits
The last few years have seen a notable increase in the activity of the environmental inspectorates at national or state level, followed by penalties and prosecutions that hurt both the financial bottom line and the image of a company. The issue is of particular importance in areas characterized as pollution hot-spots or in areas where public concerns are considerable.
Industrial plants or facilities of the services sector need to rest assure that they comply with the ever increasing net of environmental (or health and safety) legislation and to demonstrate this compliance as part of their corporate responsibility strategy. QMS undertakes short audits focusing on compliance assessment, that help companies identify breaches of legislation or even areas of improvement and thus facilitate forward planning and eliminate surprises in the event of authorities' inspections.
We assist our clients throughout the project lifecycle. Whether you are considering a new acquisition, planning a redevelopment or capacity extension of the existing facility, or just need to make sure that the facility complies with current environmental health and safety regulations, our EHS Due Diligence services will support you in your decision-making process. We at QMS provide EHS Due Diligence Services assessing the environmental, health and safety (EHS) risks /Accountability.
The objectives of an EHS Due Diligence are:
- To assess the benefits and liabilities of the proposed acquisition/ site by assessing all EHS legal aspects of the past, present, and predictable future rights and liabilities of the organisation.
- To identify the organisation’s strengths and weaknesses, relevant risks and advantages within the legal framework, in connection with the proposed acquisition and to minimizing the risk of unexpected liabilities.
- To assess the EHS risks /Accountability of an existing organisation.
The Steps of Due Diligence are:
- Phase I : site assessments and compliance assistance
- Phase II : site investigations of suspected contamination (Phase II activities aim to refine and validate the findings of Phase I to quantify the potential exposure and estimate the costs of remediation. These may include: Geological survey, Hydro-geological/ hydrological survey, Noise monitoring, Ecological/ environmental survey, Radiology tests, other specialized surveys.
- Phase III : site remediation and corrective action programs
- Human health, social well-being and environmental risk assessments associated with contaminated sites
- EHS Liability and compliance audits
- EHS Claims prevention and resolutions
- Recommend further studies where the extend of liability need to be clarified
- Submit a report in a detailed format The due diligence is supplemented by Records review, Site reconnaissance, Interviews, Reports, EHS Audits and can also include social impacts / risk pertaining to the project
- EHS and / or Social legal requirements pertaining to the industry/ organisation
- Organisation’s EHS Management system/ policies
- Organisation’s Code of conduct
Our scepticism soon gave way to deep appreciation for the IMS implemented at our Cement plant and mines by the Consultants.
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