The Environment Protection Regulations 2009 (EP Regulations) outlines reporting requirements by which waste generators’ organizations must systematically measure, record, and report waste-related details. They must maintain records regarding the waste type and stream, with specific logs for each waste category. During waste management inspections, records and documentation are essential items audited for compliance. Here are some of the critical aspects of such waste disposal inspections:
- What do inspectors look for during a waste disposal records review?
- Why are these records vital for waste generators to maintain?
- How does Fielda help streamline internal and external audits of waste disposal records?
What inspectors look for during waste disposal records reviews: Records should include statements about the waste determination for each waste stream and details about each waste stream, such as Municipal Solid Waste, Commercial and Industrial Waste, Hazardous Waste, etc. Waste determination records, especially those identifying hazardous wastes, could also include chemical reaction diagrams, process flow diagrams, details of process reactions, published information, and chemical information. Audits also include a review of hazardous waste inspection logs, waste treatment logs, shipment and disposal logs, employee training documentation, hazardous waste contingency plans, etc.
Why these internal and external inspections are crucial: Waste generators conduct internal inspections to ensure their processes are in place and their records are up to date. These inspections help them handle external audits better since they involve rigorous scrutiny of documentation according to EP regulations. If organizations fail to comply with these stipulations, they could face d penalties under the Environment Protection Act 1993 (EP Act). Generators also maintain these logs for mandatory reporting of waste statistics to municipal bodies. These documents also help organizations internally with waste analysis for potential waste management process improvements.
How does Fielda help simplify waste disposal records inspections: Whether it’s internal audits of records or checks by third parties, Fielda brings simplicity to an otherwise cumbersome and complex process. For example, waste records inspection data involves various formats and volumes of data depending on the type of generator, the waste streams, waste types involved, and the local regulations at play. Fielda gives inspectors the freedom to adapt checklists as they need with editable digital forms. In addition, through simple custom workflows, operational leads can effectively communicate and collaborate with internal teams and external inspectors. Fielda’s end-to-end digital approach also empowers inspectors with real-time data for informed decision-making.
Capture: Rapidly document comprehensive details of waste disposal records via easy checklists
Review: Spot and highlight gaps in record-keeping and enable alerts and triggers for corrective action
Collaborate: Share silo information for efficient data flow across collaborating teams.
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