Environmental Compliance and Auditing
Versar has conducted Environmental Compliance Audits for DoD customers, including the US Air Force and the US Army, and private industrial clients since the firmís inception in 1969. Whether the need is large on a federal installation or smaller in a local manufacturing facility, the multitude of environmental regulations and compliance requirements can be overwhelming to manage.
Beginning in 1991, Versar was a primary contractor to the Air Force for all of its Government-Owned Contractor-Operated (GOCO) facilities across the United States. Versar has completed more than 70 audits of some of the largest aerospace manufacturing facilities in the US with significant environmental compliance needs as part of the Air Force Environmental Compliance Assessment and Management Program (ECAMP) and the Environmental, Safety, and Occupational Health Compliance Assessment and Management Program (ESOHCAMP). The audits address compliance with federal, state, local, DoD, and Air Force requirements. Compliance is assessed in distinct protocol areas including, air emissions; cultural resources; hazardous materials; hazardous waste; natural resources; environmental impact assessment processes; noise; environmental restoration; pollution prevention; pesticides; petroleum, oil, and lubricants; solid waste; storage tanks; toxic substances (asbestos, lead-based paint, radon, and PCBs); wastewater; water quality; and EMS compliance. In addition to the US-based GOCO sites, Versar has also provided ESOHCAMP services at international Air Force facilities.
Similarly, Versar has worked for the Army for many years following a similar compliance program, the Environmental Performance Assessment System (EPAS). The EPAS program assists the Army in achieving, maintaining, and monitoring compliance with federal, state, and local environmental regulations while building effective and cost-efficient environmental management systems. The EPAS assessments identify multimedia environmental compliance deficiencies (in protocol areas similar to the Air Force) and develop corrective actions to address these deficiencies. EPAS assessments also verify conformance with the installationís EMS and provide environmental managers with the tools to implement and track preventive and corrective actions. Finally, the EPAS has the added benefit of increasing environmental awareness throughout the installation. Versar has provided EPAS implementation support for various installations across the US.
Whether working for the DoD or for a local industrial manufacturing client, Versar has the proven capabilities and experience to help you maintain strict compliance with environmental regulations, avoiding costly NOVs and enforcement actions. Versarís longstanding experience with environmental compliance auditing has allowed us to develop a standardized process that streamlines our work. This includes three phases that are implemented by the highly-qualified Versar Audit Team, including various members of Versarís Compliance Work Group:
- Audit planning
- Conducting the environmental audit
- Audit follow-up tasks
Versar conducts pre-audit, onsite, and post-audit activities in an environmental audit. Our approach includes the use of a very detailed pre-audit questionnaire for clients to introduce us to the facilities and most significant areas of environmental compliance interest before we arrive onsite. We develop a Microsoft Access database customers can maintain when the audit is complete that provides a tracking mechanism and a method to ensure that follow-on activities do not fall through the cracks. The database also ensures a well-documented environmental audit, which allows future audits to begin from an established reference point, where the findings, management actions, and incremental improvements or changes in conditions can be followed over time simply by updating and using the database. This approach results in cost-savings as well as an opportunity to accurately map the changes in environmental compliance at the client’s facility.