Audit documentation is prepared once the scope of the audit has been agreed. Documentation to be auditedmay include environmental commitments, conditions, licences, procedures under which individual contracts areoperating, and/or accepted industry best practice and compliance with guidelines. The audit process has fourdistinct phases:
- Planning and preparation
- Auditing performance (documentation, site activities, personnel),
- Reporting and
- Feedback and follow-up.
Any non-conformances and deficiencies found during the audit are documented in a way that enables Clients to address them through Corrective Action Reports. During audits, our Auditors may become aware ofopportunities for improvement and will include these in the Audit Reports presented to Clients.
There are two main types of environmental audits; environmental management system audits and environmental compliance audits. For an Environmental Management System (EMS), once it has been prepared and implemented, the Standard (i.e. ISO 19011 auditing standard) requires that the EMS be audited periodically to verify its effectiveness. Within the Standard there are 17 elements that are required to be met by clients seeking formal recognition (i.e. Certification) for their EMS and this is achieved through the audit process. Environmental due diligence auditing processes can be integrated into project management systems,or alternatively our staff can provide independent advice to the construction team or project managers.
360 Environmental’s Audit Capability
360 Environmental auditors are able to provide expert advice with respect to the identification, assessment and management of environmental conditions and for the improvement of environmental performance. 360 Environmental offers the following levels of audit:
- First party audits - carried out by personnel in the workplace where they are responsible for any correctiveactions.
- Second party audits are carried by suitably qualified independent environmental personnel.
- Third party compliance audits are carried out by Regulators or qualified auditors.
360 Environmental offers the following types of audit:
- Due Diligence Audits determine environmental risk and any potential liability associated with a proposal,property divestment/investment or merger.
- Compliance Audits determine compliance with environmental licences, approvals, regulatory requirements,industry codes of practice, company guidelines and environmental policies.
- Environmental Management Audits determine the effectiveness of business planning, management systems, resources and personnel in managing environmental impact of a company’s operations.
- Environmental Management System (EMS) Audits - 360 Environmental auditors are trained to meet the qualification criteria as described in ISO 19011: 2011 Guidelines for Auditing Management Systems with the aim of determining performance against the Corporate EMS.
- Environmental Performance Audits - facilities and processes audit to determine efficiency opportunities such as reducing energy usage, reducing waste production, air emissions and optimising resource usage.
- Combined Audits - where a company has particular objectives then a combination of the above audits canbe carried out. This is often termed a baseline audit. Action plans can be developed to identify environmental remedial actions required and prioritise these based on criteria developed with the company.
- Contaminated sites audits, under the Contaminated Sites Act 2003 and related legislation (including the Contaminated Sites Regulations 2006) identify, manage and remediate contaminated land. 360 Environmental works with local and interstate certified auditors to undertake this function.
Our audit staff are either registered under the RABQSA International Certified Environmental Auditor schemeor are qualified Environmental Management Systems auditors (ISO 19011 auditing standard). Our staff have extensive experience in corporate compliance and audit and have been approved by the Federal Minister for Environment to undertake compliance audits for Approvals of Decisions under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.