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.
- 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
- 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.