Auditing & Inspections

Environmental Audit and Inspection

The core function of the Inspections Section is to ensure observance of proper environmental safeguards in the execution of all development strategies, projects and policies that have or is likely to have significant impact on the environment. This function contributes to the NEMA strategic objective on strengthening compliance and enforcement of environmental laws. The key expected outcomes of successful implementation of this strategy include:
1. Increased self monitoring and auditing by permit holders;
2. Reduced public complaints;
3. Reduced water, air and land pollution;
4. Increased Environmental Auditing, and permit applications;
5. Increased regulated community participation in compliance monitoring; and
6. Reinforced credibility of environmental protection efforts.

The 4 key result areas to achieve the desired goal by Inspections and Audits Section are:
1. Enhance compliance monitoring, enforcement and reporting;
2. Strengthen compliance assistance for increased impact;
3. Ensure timely review and processing of Environmental Audits, and permit applications; and
4. Enhance data collection, processing and analysis for decision making.

The core services of the section are: reviewing Audits, permitting and auditing facilities/projects, pollution control, compliance assistance, and environmental quality monitoring.

Checking performance of environmental monitoring equipment;
Checking corporate compliance with environmental legislation and checking the accuracy of environmental impact predications;
Verifying or confirming compliance with environment regulations such as emission limits, effluent standards, waste management practices and EIA Regulations;
Liaising with the Legal Section in developing environmental audit guidelines and regulations;
Carrying out inspection of sites threatened by degradation;
Maintaining a register (database) on auditors practitioners and audits done;
Reviewing audits and EIA reports;
Ensuring restoration and compensation of damages or liabilities caused;
Ensuring compliance with audit and inspection requirement;
Identifying areas of weakness and problems and in so doing ensure solutions;
Collecting and analyzing relevant and sufficient audit evidence to determine audit findings and reach audit conclusions;