A consultant engaged by a site owner or occupier is expected to provide the auditor with sufficient data for the auditor to determine the nature and extent of contamination or the harm posed by the polluting activity. This may, for example, include results from soil sampling and analysis. However, the auditor may also choose to collect additional data independently to satisfy their own requirements in preparing the environmental audit report.
The consultant should liaise directly with the auditor to ensure that the sampling and analysis undertaken for the assessment will meet the auditor’s requirements for preparing the certificate or statement of environmental audit and associated audit report.
An environmental auditor will inform the client if a consultant is required to undertake further work, such as if a cleanup of the site is needed.