MOVEMENT 1. The Compliance Gap Analysis. Precision due diligence begins with the meat and substance of Vanguard’s EMS technology, namely the Compliance Gap Analysis (CGA). The CGA screens the client’s site-specific EHS issues against the government’s compliance benchmarks for over 60 laws imposed upon Industry by the U.S. EPA, OSHA, DOT and Homeland Security.
It is important to understand that a major disconnect exists between industry executives and the government’s regulatory compliance laws. From the government’s perspective, virtually all the laws – 93% in fact(!) – are based on three elements: 1. Chemical Hazards; 2. Thresholds (assigned to chemical hazards by government agencies); and 3. Regulatory mandates, or rules that govern how any given company’s compliance must be satisfied. Yet, far too many people throughout Industry think in terms of the other 7%...those things that can only be seen by the naked eye. This disconnect is prone to leave compliance officers with a false sense of security. As a result, senior managers don’t discover their company is out of compliance until the very day an enforcement inspection takes place. The science of regulatory compliance is such that nobody can see a threshold, a carcinogen, or the toxicity of a chemical hazard.
Vanguard covers 100% of the client’s compliance…the 93% category by the Compliance Gap Analysis, to screen for those laws based on chemical hazards and thresholds; plus…the 7% category, for those hazards that can actually be seen as hazardous. The CGA identifies all your company’s compliance gaps, but also eliminates many not actually required by law. This saves the client much time and money by placing its attention and capital on only those laws requiring compliance. This helps the client “get his arms around the compliance problem” by shrinking it to its actual size. This defines the scope and magnitude of the client’s compliance responsibilities with accuracy, the end-result being that regulatory compliance is reasonably achievable. Vanguard calls this outcome “Destination Total Compliance.”