and Business in Ontario
The Environmental Protection Act
(EPA) prohibits any business from operating legally in Ontario without the
approval of the Ministry of the Environment (MOE). In order to receive approval,
the business must demonstrate compliance with the regulations for releasing
contaminants into the environment. Any business that releases contaminants,
including noise and vibration, into the air, land or water must either apply
for approval to operate or register the system with the MOE.
There are common systems that have been approved by the MOE
for usage under certain operating procedures. Businesses are able to register
these systems with the Environmental
Activities and Sector Registry (EASR)
. All other business systems must be
audited to determine compliance with the emission regulations in the province.
Businesses that can provide evidence of compliance will be eligible to apply
for an Environmental Compliance Approval (ECA) which will allow the business to
operate legally in the province.
Environmental Compliance Approval
In order to receive an
Environmental Compliance Approval from the MOE, the business must be able to
show compliance with the regulations in the area of operation. The legislation
changes often and it can be difficult to remain informed of changes.
The purpose of an environmental
audit is to also identify areas of the facility and processes that can be
improved. In the event that a system does not meet requirements, the
environmental audit should include remediation steps that will help the system
A detailed review of existing acoustic assessment reports can
be reviewed as part of the environmental audit to ensure that the levels of
noise and vibration are within the acceptable limits for legal operation.
The Benefits of
The biggest benefit of an
environmental audit is to secure an Environmental Compliance Approval and
identify measures required in order to operate a facility in compliance with
Federal, Provincial, and Municipal regulations. Businesses in Ontario, such as
commercial/industrial facilities and manufacturing facilities, may have an
independent environmental audit conducted as due diligence on behalf of
industry. An environmental audit can provide valuable protection for a business
against employee complaints, possible lawsuits, and fines associated with
non-compliance. It can also help to
identify problems in the workplace before they become a danger to employees.
Environmental consultants in Ontario will be able to conduct
independent environmental audits tailored to your needs. These industry
professionals are constantly up-to-date on changes to legislature and have the
expertise to perform the tests and suggest remediation if necessary. Choose an
environmental consulting company with a solid reputation that is willing to
build long-term business relationships for repeat business.