Consultants generally provide the assessment, remediation and other environmental services. The auditor verifies the consultants work to ensure regulations have been met. Auditors review results from soil sampling and analysis, groundwater monitoring events, gases and vapours, remediation action plans, site environmental management plans, planning and development plans, and any other relevant documents at the request of the auditor to assist in the audit outcome. Where an environmental audit is to take place on a project/site the auditor is to be independent from the consultant doing the work. That is, no conflict of interest. The consultant and auditor respectively work together to deliver the best possible outcome for the client, their project, and human health and the environment.
AEA recently hosted a successful stand at the EcoForum 2016 exhibition in Perth. It was an informative, practical, technical conference for: exchange of information on emerging contaminants, new techniques, studies on successful and unsuccessful projects, and insights into regulatory and industry improvements. The learnings that some of the team (that attended) brought from the sessions will continue to streamline our processes, add to our knowledge base and ultimately improve the services that we provide to our clients.