Specialised Auditing

“Environmental audit” is a general term that can reflect various types of evaluations intended to identify environmental compliance and management system implementation gaps, along with related corrective actions. In this way they perform a similar function to financial audits. There are generally two different types of environmental audits: compliance audits and management systems audits.

Prism EMS offers clients in-house expertise and vast experience for a range of environmental auditing requirements. These requirements range amongst some of the following compliance auditable functions:

Environmental Authorisation (EA) compliance audits
Environmental Management Plan (EMP) compliance audits
Waste License compliance audits
Water Use License compliance audits
Environmental Management Program (EMPr) compliance audits for mines

Vast experience in the construction & operational phases for a variety of development and infrastructure projects ensure that accurate internal and external monitoring and auditing functions are offered to clients which entail:

Environmental Officer (EO) roles on behalf of contractors or developers
Environmental Monitor (EM) roles forming part of engineering or project management consortiums
Independent Environmental Control Officer (ECO) roles for implementers and developers

At a higher level, Prism EMS can offer clients auditing functions in terms of:

Environmental Performance Assessments for the mining industry
Lender Requirement audits (as required by lenders such as the World Bank, African Development Bank etc.)
The International Finance Corporation (IFC) Performance Standards on Environmental & Social Responsibility
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Guidelines

Prism EMS has an in-house auditor certified by the Southern African Auditor and Training Certification Authority (SAATCA) who can assist in a management system role. He has experience in the implementation, maintenance, training and auditing of:

The ISO 14001:2004 Environmental Management System standard

Our auditors understand audit principles, procedures and techniques, and have gained experience through conducting a vast number of audits both for organisations internally and externally, as well as for certification bodies where our Specialist Auditor functions as Lead Auditor in some instances. Given the fact that he is also an environmental scientist and assessment practitioner with over 10 years’ experience clients have, on a number of occasions, commended the value that is added during our audits. Apart from our specialist auditor, we also have supplementary ISO 14001 accredited auditors and ECO auditors to attend to audits on behalf of developers, contractors and license holders.