Helia EHS provides specialist advice to our clients to meet their compliance obligations including EPA permits and environmental approvals to continue or commence (or sometimes continue) their operations. Helia EHS provides assessment and monitoring services, performance and process reviews and ongoing liaison with relevant Stakeholders and regulatory authorities.
Helia EHS is highly experienced in the environmental sector – successfully serving an array of clients from all over Australia. Along with our consultancy advice and management services, we provide quality customer service to our clients.
Permissions Information and Performance Statements (PIPS) have replaced Annual Performance Statements (APSs). Businesses with a new or updated licence must provide a PIPS when requested by EPA. This condition will replace the previous APS reporting.
Some permits will also have the PIPS reporting condition.
Consult the EPA Victoria website on the PIPS reporting program. We can help with this process too.
Businesses holding EPA licences and permits must keep adequate records in line with record keeping licence conditions. Consult the EPA Victoria website for more information about record keeping and reporting requirements and/or Helia EHS can assist you in this area.
The Environment Protection (Scheduled Premises) Regulations 2017 specify which scheduled activities must submit financial assurance.
These include premises licensed to conduct prescribed industrial waste management, landfills, bulk storage and container washing.
All sites that have a licence condition to maintain a financial assurance will be reviewed against the EPA.
Helia EHS assists EPA Licence holding clients. Financial assurance proposals should be prepared using the necessary EPA guidance documents and address certain components (at a minimum).
In the event of non-compliance, authorised officers have the power to issue a remedial notice or give a direction. Where businesses have not complied, authorised officers will collect evidence and prioritise enforcement action as per EPA’s compliance obligations.
We can assist with EPA liaison – including reporting requirements, EPA meetings, etc. – associated with remedial notices, directions and site management orders.
Environmental permissions help manage potential environmental and human health impacts from a specific action or activity. Moreover, environmental permissions are important for a business to prevent violating any EPA compliance obligations.
Some businesses display their permissions on a specific page on their website, making a public commitment or statement that they intend to comply with the EPA’s compliance obligations.
During environmental permissions and assessments, the regulatory authorities look at how the development would positively and negatively affect the environment.
These include EPA, local councils and other State government departments such as the Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action. These authorities also consider the vitality of the surrounding ecosystems and how the development might affect the aesthetic of the community as part of the overall environmental permissions.
Environment risk assessments are required before environmental development licences or permissions are granted. Their role is to characterise the nature and magnitude of risks to human health and ecological receptors.
They’re typically based on the probability of hazards and risks being realised at the site. Risk management and communication are integral to developing a quality environmental management system – as well as procuring development licences (or permissions) where needed.