EHS Program Development


To remain competitive, companies must design their EHS management systems to achieve objectives beyond regulatory compliance. Tactical regulation-driven responses and crisis management are no longer adequate. EHS programs today must not only protect worker health and safety and the environment, they must be financially self-sustaining and contribute measurable value to the company. Performance metrics must match EHS efforts to business process efficiency. Certified Environmental Management, Ltd. helps business decision-makers address these issues by incorporating EHS management into strategic business plans.

Drawing on decades of experience with EHS programs, Certified Environmental Management assesses core business and EHS processes, identifying both synergies and gaps, to develop a customized value added integration roadmap. We have developed an extensive portfolio of model policies and procedures, evaluation methods, and other field-tested tools to bring to the table. From ISO to OSHA, we work with you to develop systems that meet or exceed requirements. We help clients manage EHS issues to tie more directly to revenue-generating operations—reducing workers’ compensation costs and demonstrating the value of EHS activities to all stakeholders.


Navigating through the maze of EHS regulations and requirements can be overwhelming. The tasks involved are as complex as they are critical, and oversights or mistakes can result in heavy fines for noncompliance. Master compliance plans provide a detailed roadmap for successfully implementing and managing comprehensive EHS programs. CEM has helped hundreds of clients develop or maintain health and safety programs and integrate them into company-wide EHS systems.

By incorporating established management and operating procedures into your EHS programs, we can develop compliance plans that are practical, understandable, and simple to implement and maintain. We work with all levels of management and staff to identify achievable, time-specific goals, quantitative performance measures, and key success factors to ensure buy-in from all affected personnel. Master EHS systems can improve performance beyond regulatory requirements to enhance control of your business.


Traditionally, EHS audits address the “what” of EHS management—verifying a company’s compliance with government regulations. Focused on resolving specific problems, compliance audits address only one piece of the EHS puzzle. Auditing EHS management systems addresses long-term strategies—the “how” and “why.” CEM has conducted independent compliance and EHS management audits for clients, both nationally and internationally. Our experienced consultants evaluate how EHS issues are managed as well as specific compliance status at a point in time. We work with clients to establish goals, appropriate evaluation criteria, and performance improvement metrics. In addition to standard protocols and checklists, we develop client-specific audit protocols to deliver practical and relevant findings and recommendations.


In today’s competitive economy, budget constraints have forced many organizations to trim the size of their EHS staffs. Consequently, companies often face enormous challenges in meeting routine compliance requirements and addressing surges in workload. With outsourcing services, CEM offers a flexible solution tailored to each client’s specific needs. CEM regularly provides technical staff on site to assist clients in managing EHS programs. From part-time or short-term support lasting only a few months, to long-term assignments that may last several years, we have provided clients in most major industries with the specific EHS expertise they need, when and where they need it. With full-time or long-term assignments, CEM’s costs are often lower than the total employee cost for in-house staff.