3 Stressors That Will Knock You Off Your Compliance Track

Compliance Assurance Series
Jan 14, 2021 1:00 PM ET

In the first blog of the compliance assurance series, we talked about the importance of not overlooking the more routine environmental, health, and safety (EHS) compliance programs in the hectic time that we are living in. From this, you now know the importance of compliance and have some compliance tips to look back on. Now we want to go over a few stressors you should be aware of that could knock you off your compliance track this year.

1. Personnel Changes
The first stressor that will knock you off your compliance track is if there is a sudden personnel change. Turnover can cause stress in any organization. If the person that leaves, is the only person with EHS knowledge of a facility, program, permit, etc., it can cause headaches for not only the facility manager, but corporate managers as well. Your EHS recordkeeping and management system must be effective and up to date at the facility level to relieve some of the stress of a key EHS person leaving the organization.

Institutional knowledge of the facility’s unique operations is a benefit, and that knowledge is not easily transferred when there is a personnel change. Tactical compliance tasks required by the facility EHS manager(s) related to licenses to operate can easily slip through the cracks if they aren’t being actively monitored or if the facility doesn’t have system for managing its records. Missing information or tasks related to discharge monitoring reporting, emissions testing, exceeding permit limits, and more, could result in a non-compliance performance. This could lead to a regulator inspection, a notice of violation, civil or criminal litigation, financial penalty, or even damage to the company brand and reputation in the community...

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Antea Group is an international engineering and environmental consulting firm specializing in full-service solutions in the fields of environment, health and safety, infrastructure, urban planning, and water. By combining strategic thinking and multidisciplinary perspectives with technical expertise and pragmatic action, we do more than effectively solve client challenges; we deliver sustainable results for a better future. With more than 3,200 employees in over 90 offices around the world, we serve clients ranging from global energy companies and manufacturers to national governments and local municipalities. Antea Group is a founding member of Inogen Alliance, a global network of independent consulting companies that are together by choice to collaborate around the world on EHS projects for a consistent client experience. Learn more at https://us.anteagroup.com.