Environmental, Health and Safety standards regulatory compliance, practices and reporting have become a highlighted company administrative requirement in the past two decades.  Mexico’s EHS related standard & regulations, reporting requirements and administration systems procedures have all increased in range and complexity in par with those of the US, Canada and the European Common Market.

Although basic principles are similar in most countries, the nuances implicit in local standards and reporting requirements make mandatory compliance a challenge for companies that do not have dedicated specialized resources to handle these activities. 

DIMSA has EHS experts that assist our customers in outlining specific mandatory requirements based on each company’s particularities, implementing policies and procedures to assure operational compliance, and executes required preoperational and ongoing reporting. 

Preoperational Phase:

EHS compliance liabilities originate in the preoperational phase of a project, where land use (zoning), EIAs, STPS and SAA standards compliance audits and other mandatory requirements are subject to random inspection and audits by various government agencies, all of whom have the potential power of temporarily stopping a plant operation until compliance requirements are met.

DIMSA specialists review all pertinent project variables and define required permitting and registration requirements, as well as coordinate and execute these filing requirements in order to assure full compliance conformity. In the TI design phase, these specialists also intervene with the A&E designers to assure facility compliance from both Environmental as well as Health & Safety standards. 

Development of EHS policies and procedures in conformance with minimum legal requirements as well as industry best practices are also deployed in this phase, including:  

  • Define type of industry Activity Categorization based on EHS regulatory principles.
  • Apply for pre-operational permits.
  • SEDUOP (Municipal urban development).
  • ECOLOGY (State Ecology Department).
  • SEMARNAT (Federal Environmental agency).
  • Civil Protection.
  • CNA (National Water Commission).
  • SAA (Department of Health).
  • STPS (Department of Labor).
  • Hazardous waste strategy & storage.
  • Create emergency response plan.
  • Internal safety manual.
  • Select non-hazardous waste disposal services.
  • Senior management Strategic Planning Support and Guidance.

Operational Phase:

Execution of periodic reporting requirements, policies and procedures, deviation detection, corrective actions development, implementation, mandatory periodic inspections and audits are all standard steady state EHS functions assuring company safety and continuous regulatory compliance.

  • Establish safety and hygiene mixed commission.
  • Monthly inspection / Audit visit report.
  • Detect areas of potential risk to the environment and plant personnel.
  • Monthly compliance report to Authorities.
  • Comply with governmental dependencies requirements at the municipal, state and federal levels.
  • Execute reporting requirements based on pre-ops permits conditioned authorizations.
  • Assist company with deploying corrective actions.
  • Periodic meetings with senior management.
  • Senior management Strategic Planning Support and Guidance.