Environment Monitoring and Record Keeping

‘Environment Monitoring and Record Keeping’ may feel a little like overkill at times, but it’s important that every client maintains a rigorous onsite monitoring program and an accurate, archived record of their project’s environmental footprint.

How do we help?

Nationally, we have been providing environmental operations support to our long-standing clients for over twenty five years. From our Perth office we have provided this support for over eight years. We work with clients to increase environmental compliance and to accurately maintain and safeguard their environmental records.

What are the key challenges?

There are many challenges in achieving effective outcomes for environmental monitoring and record keeping. Without proper planning and management, these problems can lead to large financial and environmental costs for both the client and the greater community.

Environmental monitoring, record-keeping, results and data analyses, if not done well – or even not done at all – can lead to errors in data wrangling and interpretation, false measurements, raw data left unchecked and data entry mistakes.

Frequent turnover of mine site personnel can make it extremely difficult for monitoring systems to be correctly checked and maintained during transitional stages. This lack of experience and/or personnel may result in inadequate prioritisations and responses to pressing on-site requirements.

During periods of care and maintenance, where there are typically no environmental personnel on site, environmental monitoring and reporting is still legally required to be performed.

How do we do it?

Utilising our wealth of experience and expertise, Umwelt develops site-specific inspection checklists to be used during care and maintenance periods. Doing so ensures key environmental risks and compliance issues are continuously monitored.

We work closely with site management personnel during care and maintenance periods, reminding them of upcoming environmental monitoring events and to obtain copies of the inspection checklists.

To reduce administrative burden, we maintain records of inspections undertaken in an Excel register, as well as filing copies of the inspection checklists.

We also develop platforms in Excel format that analyse monitoring data relating to each environmental monitoring program. Doing so allows us to apply appropriate trigger values and formulas to highlight when the trigger values are exceeded.

What are the results?

Our record-keeping systems ensure monitoring and inspection records are accessible and can be easily checked – even in the event of staff turnover – and can identify potential errors in transcription, such as data entered for the wrong month, or data that doesn’t match up with the correct monitoring site.

Our increased efficiency in the collation of environmental monitoring data makes it easier to prepare annual environmental reports, check and correct any unusual and outlier results, improve the ability to quickly respond to queries from environmental regulators, and build confidence in data accuracy and interpretation.

Conclusion

Utilising our vast experience in mining and operations support, innovation, attention to detail and commitment to quality, we will continue to further develop our expertise in environmental monitoring and record keeping, and advise clients as to how best maintain successful environmental management of their projects.

By working closely with clients, we aim to mitigate potential environmental impacts and improve the health and wellbeing of our communities and ecosystems.