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Due diligence is defined as "the level of judgement, care, prudence, determination, and activity that a person would reasonable be expected to take under particular circumstances". The "due diligence" concept is directly reflected in Ontario’s environmental, health and safety legislation: both the Occupational Health & Safety Act and the Environmental Protection Act place specific legal and personal duties on key members of a Corporation to prevent breaches of compliance. In the event that a non-compliance with either of these Acts is detected in a workplace, the ability to demonstrate due diligence can have a positive impact on judicial decisions affecting the Corporation.
Gap Analysis and Due Diligence Services
To establish due diligence, organizations should ensure that they are addressing all of the relevant legal requirements associated with their operations and that staff are adhering to the policies and procedures established by management. A Gap Analysis is a critical first step to identifying areas in which the organization is not achieving legislative compliance and/or operational conformance. Once these gaps are identified, the organization can then determine the best ways to fill the gaps and maintain the new level of diligence.
UEM’s Gap Analysis and Due Diligence Services include:
Completion of Gap Analyses conformance assessments against a variety of legal or operational requirements (e.g., Roads Minimum Maintenance Standards – O. Reg. 239/02, Drinking Water Quality Management Standard, Occupational Health and Safety Act, an organization’s own operating procedures, etc.);
Development and facilitation of Due Diligence Training for Councils/Directors and/or staff;
Development or revision of policies, procedures and/or programs to incorporate conformance or compliance requirements.
Audits are an integral component of an effective business operating system, providing an organization with a mechanism for periodic assessment of conformance with established policies and practices. From focused, single-issue audits to full-scale, compliance and management system audits, UEM provides the auditing solutions necessary for your organization to ensure continual improvement and due diligence.
UEM provides a wide scope of auditing services, with emphasis on:
Environment, health and safety compliance auditing, including safety inspections;
Quality management system auditing (Drinking Water Quality Management System, ISO 9001:2000);
Planning and execution of internal audit programs, including documentation of conformance issues, best practices, and opportunities for improvement; and
Work-Well Audit pre-assessments;
Design and development of auditing programs and protocols;
Risk investigations and assessments.
For further information, please contact Rachel Whyte, B.A.Sc., at 905.371.9764, ext 234.