Regulatory enforcement, customer and supply chain audits, and internal risk management initiatives are all driving requirements for managing EHS regulatory obligations. Many companies—especially those that are not large enough for a dedicated team of full-time EHS staff—struggle with how to effectively resource their EHS regulatory compliance needs.
Taking a balanced approach that relies on internal and external resources can help companies more efficiently and effectively create standardized EHS management solutions. Outsourcing provides an entire team of resources with a breadth of knowledge/experience and the capacity to complete specific projects, as needed. Engaging in-house resources allows the organization to optimize staff duties and ensure that critical know-how is being developed internally to sustain compliance into the future.
Kestrel’s Right-Sized Compliance approach offers just that—a combination of in-house and outsourced resources that work together to help companies:
- Identify issues and gaps in regulatory compliance
- Achieve compliance with current obligations
- Realize improvements to EHS management
- Gain the internal ability to review and continually improve EHS management performance
Programmatic Approach to EHS Management
- Phase 1: EHS Assessment. Kestrel seeks to understand how complete, well-documented, understood, and implemented the current EHS processes and procedures are. We further assess EHS culture, model, and capacity to determine the company’s overall EHS process maturity.
- Phase 2: Compliance and EHS Program Improvements. Kestrel’s initial analysis of the EHS assessment forms the basis for developing recommendations and priorities for an action plan to strengthen EHS programs, building on what already exists. The goal of Phase 2 is to begin closing the compliance gaps identified in Phase 1.
- Phase 3: Ongoing EHS Program Support. The goal of Phase 3 is to transition the company from catchup compliance into compliance process improvement/program development and implementation. Kestrel does this by helping to manage the eight functions of compliance—identifying what’s needed, who does it, and when it is due—and finding the right balance of company and Kestrel resources.
Making the Connection
The connection between EHS management and compliance needs to be well synchronized, with reliable and effective regulatory compliance commonly being an outcome of consistent and reliable EHS program implementation. This connection is especially important to avoid recurring compliance issues.
Following Kestrel’s Right-Sized Compliance approach allows companies to realize improvements to their EHS management and:
- Organize EHS requirements into documented programs that outline procedures, roles/responsibilities, training requirements, etc.
- Support EHS management efforts with technology tools that create efficiencies and improved data management
- Conduct the ongoing monitoring and management that are vital to remain in compliance
- Gain the inherent capacity, capability, and maturity to comply, review, and continually improve EHS performance