Environmental Compliance Services in Mexico
ADASTRA provides experienced and bilingual Mexican EHS auditors. Our auditors understand the language and the culture in Mexico for an effective communication process during the audit with all levels and positions (workers, technicians, engineers, administrative staff, senior managers, etc.).
We offer EHS audits in Mexico using our own proprietary protocols or using our client’s specific audit tools. Adastra provides qualified personnel with many years of experience conducting EHS audits in Mexico.
ADASTRA can help you in the following types of audits:
- ENVIRONMENTAL AUDITS IN MEXICO
- HEALTH AND SAFETY AUDITS IN MEXICO
- WASTE MANAGEMENT AUDITS IN MEXICO
- JOB SAFETY ANALYSIS IN MEXICO
- ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AUDITS IN MEXICO
- CORPORATE AUDITS IN MEXICO
Our leading edge in conducting EHS audits in Mexico is based on:
- Solid knowledge of the Mexican regulatory framework
- Bilingual personnel raised and educated in Mexico
- No cultural differences with the audited personnel
- Excellent communication skills
- Years of experience conducting EHS audits
ADASTRA has highly qualified and trained personnel to carry out Phase I Environmental Site Assessments in Mexico, following the ASTM standard (ASTM E1527-13 in
Mexico) as applicable to non-US sites.
Adastra provides qualified and experienced bilingual personnel for a smooth interaction with site occupants, Mexican owners, realtors and agency representatives as applicable during the execution of the field inspection and the interviews and historical investigations.
Unlike other companies, Adastra adheres to the ASTM standard for conducting Phase I Environmental Site Assessments in Mexico, and documents those aspects that by their nature are not applicable or not available for non-US sites.
Our bilingual staff can prepare the Phase I report in English, in Spanish or in both languages.
Adastra provides knowledge of Mexican regulations and experienced professionals to help you obtain the required environmental permits and registrations to operate in
Environmental permits are not transferable in Mexico, and facilities are typically required to obtain a new set of permits upon a facility takeover, a change in the entity legal name or upon significant process changes.
ADASTRA has assisted multiple companies obtain the required environmental permits and registrations. Through the years we have developed a very practical way to complete the permit application process in a fast and efficient way.
The main environmental permits in Mexico include:
- Environmental Impact Statements
- Unique Environmental License (Air Permit)
- Hazardous Waste Generator Registrations
- Risk Assessments and Contingency Plans
- Waste Management Plans
- Wastewater Discharge Permits (To sewer and to land)
- Water Extraction Rights
- Land use permits and Land-use changes (from forest to commercial/industrial)
Adastra offers support and mentoring to achieve your certification objectives in Mexico.
We are not a certifying entity, but can certainly work side by side with your facility in Mexico to be ready for the certification
process. Among other services, we can help your facility in Mexico in the following areas:
- CONDUCT A GAP ANALYSIS
- DEVELOPMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM FROM SCRATCH
- TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT OF INTERNAL AUDITORS
- PROGRAM REVIEW AND UPDATE
- ANNUAL TRAINING FOR EHS PERSONNEL
- CONDUCT COMPLIANCE AUDITS
- CONDUCT AN EICC AUDIT
These services can be tailored to your specific needs.
Hazardous waste generators must notify the federal environmental agency (SEMARNAT) when closing down their facility. This notification is usually done in Mexico with
the preparation and filing of an Environmental Facility Closure Report.
Adastra has the experience and knowledge to prepare this type of report for your facility in Mexico and can guide you through the entire facility closure process in Mexico. We have assisted many facilities on the closure of their facilities in Mexico.
We have enough experience to indicate when sampling / cleanup / remediation activities are needed and have multiple resources for drillers, environmental laboratories, remediation contractors, cleaning crews, excavation and removal, concrete replacement, and transportation and disposal contractors as needed.
Our services include:
- Evaluation of the environmental condition of the site at the time of closure
- Definition and execution of sampling and cleanup/remediation strategy
- Removal and proper disposal of contaminated materials and waste
- Preparation and filing of an Environmental Closure Report
- Provide technical assistance during the official site inspection
- Assistance to obtain the official Closure Letter (“Acuerdo de Archivo”) issued by “PROFEPA” on behalf of SEMARNAT.
Mexican environmental law places the responsibility of the cleanup and restoration of environmentally affected areas on generators. Hazardous material releases are
mandated to be stopped, cleaned and documented as soon as possible. Adastra can determine when a written report of the release has to be submitted to the environmental
Agency. You don’t want to miss the notification requirement but at the same time is not recommendable to notify the agency when it is not mandatory.
ADASTRA can assist you with the cleanup and response of a chemical or hazardous waste release. Our experienced personnel and team of contractors and disposal sites will take care of the required actions to return your site to its original or better condition.
Our services include, among others:
- Delineation of the contamination
- Definition of the affected area
- Selection of the best remediation option
- Excavation and removal of contaminated soil
- Soil samples and testing
- Preparation of remediation report
- Spill prevention and response training
- Notification to authorities (as applicable)
ADASTRA can assist you with your environmental sampling needs. We provide sampling services in Mexico of soil, water, air, and hazardous waste.
With many years of experience in the field, in addition to a solid relationship with drillers and laboratories, we have the resources to respond to your sampling needs.
Our sampling experience includes:
- Soil sampling
- Phase II ESA investigations (characterization of potentially contaminated sites)
- Installation and sampling of monitoring wells
- Air monitoring
- Waste characterization
- Groundwater and wastewater sampling
ADASTRA has the solution to your waste management concerns. We have an established relationship with various disposal sites and hazardous waste transporters that
together with our sound knowledge of the Mexican hazardous waste regulation, we provide a solid solution to your waste disposal needs.
We are not just in the waste business. We are in the waste management business done right!
Our services include:
- Comprehensive management program for hazardous and non-hazardous waste
- Waste classification, segregation and characterization
- Waste packaging, labeling and storage consulting
- Waste manifesting and tracking
- Audits and inspections to disposal sites
- Waste management plans
- International crossing of hazardous wastes
Poor waste management practices can represent a significant liability to companies. We can either point you in the right direction or present a proposal to manage your waste.
ADASTRA has established professional alliances with a network of certified laboratories and registered testing facilities to provide industrial hygiene services in Mexico. We provide assistance to clients in the response to official requirements and inspections by the Mexican Ministry of Labor (known as “STPS”). ADASTRA can help you identify the studies and tests that are applicable to your operation in Mexico, establish the appropriate sampling strategy and provide data interpretation services.
Our services include:
- Pressurized Vessel Registration
- Occupational Health studies
- Noise surveys
- Illumination survey
- Thermographic Inspections
Adastra provides training courses that are registered with the STPS so you can be sure that our training courses are valid for official recognition. Currently all of our courses have a minimum duration of four hours, combined classroom and hands-on training and participants are tested at the end of the course. These are requirements by the STPS in order to accept the training for official recognition. We provide a Certificate of Completion and the official training form “DC-3”. For subjects that are beyond our registration, we have established professional alliances with other registered trainers in order to provide a large variety of training subjects.
Adastra can provide your organization from a single training course to an entire training portfolio. We have various training
modules to fit your needs:
- Fire Prevention training
- Chemical Safety training (including GHS)
- Equipment Safety training
- LOTO training
- Electrical Safety Training
- Pressurized Vessels Training
- Hazardous Waste Management Training
- Confined Space Safety Training
- Elevated Work Safety Training
- Personal Protection Equipment Training
- Welding and Cutting Safety Training
- Power truck safety training
- Customized training courses
ADASTRA can provide those special services that your company may require and are not readily available in Mexico. We can bring US experts and certified personnel to your site in Mexico.
Here are some services that are non-standard in Mexico that we can assist you with:
- Asbestos, lead in paint and mold surveys
- Halogen testing on surfaces after a fire
- Assessment for Electrically Classified Areas
- Underground Storage Tank removal / remediation
Significant environmental impacts can result from a fire in an industrial facility. Impacts include oil and chemical releases, heavy metal contamination, and partially
burned materials that can release toxic substances.
Adastra can help you assess the environmental impacts and develop a remediation plan. Our services include pre-demolition assessments, delineation and removal of contaminated concrete, identification and disposal of affected soil, disposal of hazardous waste, supervision of demolition and disposal of burned materials and demolition debris.
We will help you recover as much as possible by separating materials that can still be recycled, like the steel beams and other metal elements. Adastra can also assist you with any reporting that may be required by government agencies as well as demolition worker safety supervision.
We have provided these services to clients that had suffered fires in very large industrial facilities in Mexico. We can represent the occupant, building owner or we can work for the insurance company.