If you are a business owner – whether your business is a small, local mom and pop type of enterprise or a huge, multinational corporation – you must be in compliance with the multitude of environmental regulations that have been formulated over the past decades.
And it actually does not matter one iota whether or not you are personally concerned about the environment. The reality is that you must be in compliance with the law or your company and your livelihood will face potentially stiff penalties.
Consequently, in today’s world of ever-increasing rules and regulations, it is absolutely necessary that you hire an environmental consultant.
That’s because environmental consultants will save you money and time. They will make sure that your company follows the law and that it does not take any unnecessary risks with your land, your production, your facility acquisitions or even how you store your products.
Realistically, as a business person your main responsibility is running your business successfully. So do you really have the time to constantly research the latest regulations and then figure out if they apply to your industry and, if they do, whether or not your company complies with them?
Therefore, before investing in any property or building any type of a structure, you will have to ensure that you will not be taking on any of the previous owners or occupants liabilities that are related to the property.
If you are contemplating investing in any property it is imperative that you pay particular attention to any pollutants that may be present.
To facilitate this you will need to hire a qualified environmental consultant who can perform an assessment. He or she will be able to first ascertain if there may be any contaminants and then perform the proper tests to determine if any of these contaminants are likely to be present.
It’s important to keep current with the law and consultants can help you to do that. New environmental requirements seem to surface every day and laws change on a relatively regular basis. There usually aren’t enough changes to warrant hiring a full time employee, but professional environmental consultants should be able to keep you up to date and out of trouble with city, state and federal regulators.
Keep in mind that not every environmental consultant is the same. So, before your contract anyone check their experience and their credentials. Their qualifications and levels of expertise vary. They may be either a state licensed professional engineer, or a technician who is only qualified to run various tests, or something in between.
Realize that you may not need to spend the extra money required to hire an engineer for a small project. But if you have a significant project then you won’t want to try to cut any corners, and getting an engineer’s approval should be part of your business plan.
In any case, you will always want to make sure that you are doing things safely and that you will not do anything that will cost you a lot more money down the line. It just makes good business sense.