Corrective actions have somewhat of a negative connotation. But, for all the current and to any future 😉 Mapistry customers, corrective actions are a vital part of your environmental compliance program. We are going to focus on corrective actions identified during stormwater inspections for the purpose of this article, but corrective actions are a universal tool that can be utilized in many different areas of compliance.
But, first….what is a corrective action?A corrective action is an identified deficiency found during an inspection, for example an open dumpster lid. Deficiency still sounds harsh but, that open dumpster is not going to plument your stormwater program into non compliance, it is however, something that needs to be addressed to prevent pollution!
Corrective Actions are GOOD!Corrective actions ensure things like open dumpster lids are addressed before they turn into instances of non compliance. We often see things are small as closing a dumpster lid, turn into a Notice of Violation. Which brings me to my next point, inspectors and corrective actions. Imagine your a city inspector traveling from site to site inspecting industrial stormwater compliance, and you come across a site using a fantastic software called Mapistry (shameless plug…sorry guys). You walk on site and ask for the facility’s inspection records and amazingly all inspections are neatly organized into an interactive dashboard. Not only are all inspections completed, but they have corrective actions attached! And those corrective actions demonstrate ownership of the facility’s stormwater program (not pushed onto an outside vendor) and it also shows awareness and training, the facility person conducting the inspection actually inspected! In addition to demonstrating ownership over one of their environmental program corrective actions also demonstrate:
- You’re not pencil whipping a report (the Mapistry software makes this pretty difficult)
- You’re being proactive about improvements and identifying deficiencies like that open dumpster lid in real time preventing pollution (ISN’T THAT THE GOAL?)…not waiting for the consequences
- You’re complying with your regulatory requirements (California requires monthly inspections and 5 years of records…does your facility have BOTH?)
- Oh and corrective actions mitigate financial risk…preventing capital expenditures like treatment systems and litigation