The environmental officer plays a central role in operational environmental protection and ensures that all of these requirements are met. As external company officers, we take care of all tasks related to operational environmental protection such as waste, immission control and accidents, water protection, accidents, soil protection and dangerous goods.
The environmental officer plays a central role in operational environmental protection. Within the framework of the precautionary principle, he takes over the important function of operational self-monitoring in a company and takes care of all tasks of operational environmental protection such as immission control, water protection, waste, hazardous substances and fire protection.
The environmental officer monitors compliance with legal and official regulations within the company or in an industrial plant, for example in environmental law and in approval procedures, and thus supplements the official external monitoring. In short: The environmental officer has to ensure that all requirements in operational environmental protection are met.
This is also important with regard to further development in climate protection and sustainability and shows customers, partners and other reference groups that companies take their obligations towards the environment seriously and deal with them proactively – well beyond legal requirements. The environmental officer stands for avoiding and eliminating hazards for people or the environment. It thus makes a significant contribution to added value in terms of sustainability.
Environmental officers are appointed by the management or the plant operator. Their tasks include checking compliance with specified standards and regulations in regular and extraordinary business and plant operations, documentation, advising the operator, developing and introducing improvements, monitoring and controlling operating sites, informing and clarifying the company employees, reporting defects and the regular reporting. Company officers are anchored in the organizational structure of a company as so-called staff positions. They are part of the “entrepreneurial conscience” and should be able to act independently of economic interests.
A prerequisite for the fulfillment of his tasks is specific specialist knowledge and the proven qualification of the company officer for his area of responsibility. The need to appoint an environmental officer and his tasks, rights and obligations result either from a law, a regulation or (in individual cases) an official order. In most cases, the type and scope of the systems operated are decisive for which and, if necessary, how many environmental officers a company has to appoint. Company officers can be appointed both internally and externally. It is therefore not absolutely necessary to train and provide an employee of the company for this position.
As a specialist company for environmental protection, we cover the position of all company officers via the “Environmental Officers” competence team. These include company officers for waste, immission control, dangerous goods and water protection, waste officers, incident officers, immission control officers and water protection officers. These activities of the representative result from numerous legal regulations such as the Federal Immission Control Act (BImSchG), the Closed Substance Cycle Act (KrWG) and the Water Resources Act (WHG). The appointment of one or more immission control officers is even required by law in § 53 BImSchG.
In this way, we support and advise companies in all environmental matters and support them in fulfilling legal standards and approval requirements, reporting and dealing with authorities and suppliers. We also support companies right from the planning stage for new projects by accompanying the approval process, for example according to the BImSchG, and identifying and explaining legal requirements and formulating appropriate applications and coordinating them with the representatives of the authorities. In this way, we ensure legally compliant operation in terms of the various legal requirements.
Of course, we fulfill all the properties required by law. Company environmental officers must have the appropriate specialist knowledge and reliability for their function. Reliability means that the officer can properly perform the relevant tasks due to his personality, behavior and skills. Our experts from the Department of Environmental Officers have extensive practical and theoretical skills that qualify them to take on this responsible position.
Our services in the field of environmental officers range from project-oriented work on projects to continuous support within the framework of the obligation to appoint company officers. The target group of our range of services are companies that want to make use of extensive expertise according to their needs, without wanting or being able to fall back on their own resources. This relieves the companies, which is an attractive alternative to having their own staff, especially for small and medium-sized companies.
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