Compliance with EPA environmental laws helps to protect both the health of your employees and the health of the environment through regulatory and non-regulatory means. As a small business owner, you may have limited resources to devote to environmental compliance. However by setting an example and working closely with your employees, your EPA compliant business can benefit by:
- Protecting employees' health and safety
- Preserving natural resources
- Reducing liability and the potential for violations or penalties
- Saving money through pollution prevention
Research environmental laws and regulationFind out exactly which environmental laws and regulations relate to your business and your industry.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Website.
Conduct an environmental auditYou can evaluate your own business compliance using standard environmental guidelines.
Auditing Protocols provide detailed regulatory checklists that you can customize to meet your specific needs.
Analyze the Economic Aspects of Enforcement ActionsKnow what non-compliance could mean to you ahead of time in terms of the expense of compliance, cleanup costs or civil penalties.
modeling software to analyze the financial aspects of enforcement actions.. Also, Image Wave sells environmental health and safety tracking software and offers a free demo.
Make a plan for ongoing complianceIt is important to understand when and how your business could be inspected. It will help you to create a realistic time frame for compliance if you know the types of inspections and whom to contact if you have a concern.
Familiarize Yourself With Major Environmental LawsUnderstand how what you do today affects the environment tomorrow.
- Use accidents as a way to uncover systematic breakdowns that may need to be corrected.
- Integrate safety activities into your business safety system instead of announcing them as a new priority that may come across as a managerial whim.
- Encourage workers to improve their safety performance; watch for improvements and recognize them publicly.
- Get employees involved in safety decision making instead of dictating new policies they may resent.
- Don't look at accident investigations as fault-finding missions. Work with your employees instead of singling out someone to blame.