Environmental Compliance Consultants

Freer Consulting Co. provides integrated smart compliance solutions for companies that value commitment, reliability and a relentless focus on project success. We have a proven track record and over 20 years of experience with a focus on achieving timely results within budget. Our high standards ensure that clients benefit from our deep knowledge base and expertise. We strive to secure client confidence, and earn lasting relationships over time.

  • Custom Support, Auditing, and Implementation
  • We Make Certification Simple

Over 75 years of combined experience ensures compliance through knowledge-based assessments, hands-on support, effective strategies for mitigation, proper reporting, agency interface, and other related compliance tasks.

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    Freer Consulting Can Help You With Environmental Compliance

    For clients that are just getting started, we can provide a baseline, ISO-compliant management system, and additional services, as requested, such as:
    • Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP)
    • International Air Pollution Prevention (IAPP) Certificate
    • International Oil Pollution Prevention (IOPP) Certificate
    • International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL)
    • Vessel General Permit (VGP)

    Air Emissions Management

    CDP (formerly known as the "Carbon Disclosure Project") works with businesses to disclose their sustainability metrics, along such dimensions as greenhouse gas emissions, forestry management, and water use. Participating companies are able to demonstrate to shareholders (and others) that they take seriously the risks and opportunities associated with their environmental impacts.

    Wastewater Management

    Freer Consulting environmental experts provide an exhaustive scope of wastewater treatment deliverables, including baseline assessments that take into account all regulatory aspects your entity faces, engineering support to assess a current wastewater system or design of new a one, as well as implementation of a new design system with comprehensive program management skill.

    Well System Management

    Freer Consulting is actively involved in well water management from the permitting process to the actual month to month reporting and record keeping process.

    EPA Smartway Program

    In 2004, EPA launched SmartWay, a program that identifies products and services that reduce transportation-related emissions. The SmartWay brand signifies a partnership among government, business and consumers to protect the environment, reduce fuel consumption, and improve air quality for future generations.

    Hazardous Materials

    Freer Consulting specializes in the development of Hazardous Materials Communication Programs and the training of client personnel.

    Oil Storage Compliance (AST/UST)

    Oil Storage Compliance (AST/UST)

    Freer Consulting can help your organization ensure regulatory compliance of your oil storage

    Spill Prevention Controls & Countermeasures (SPCC) Management

    Spill Prevention Controls & Countermeasures (SPCC) Management

    We can walk you through Oil Spills Prevention and Preparedness Regulations

    Universal Waste

    Universal Waste

    We will help you deal with universal waste from your home or business in the most appropriate way

    Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation & Liability Act (CERCLA)

    Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation & Liability Act (CERCLA)

    The CERCL Act was passed in 1980 in response to some alarming and decidedly unacceptable hazardous waste practices and management going on in the 1970s.

    E-Waste R2 Certification

    At Freer Consulting, we have the flexibility to tailor our support to the specific needs of our clients. For clients with an exisitng EHSMS, we can assess the level of compliance with a specific standard and make recommendations for how to address gaps. For clients that are just getting strated, we can provide a baseline, ISO-compliant management system, and additional services as requested.

    Electronics are a huge part of our day-to-day lives, economy, and culture. With ever-evolving technology, there is always a newer, more effective device available. This equates to substantial electronics consumption across the globe, and in turn, significant electronic waste, or e-waste.

    According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in 2016, only about 20 percent of all e-waste globally was recycled. From a solid waste standpoint alone, this is a major issue, but there are additional considerations:

    • Hazardous Materials – most electronics include hazardous materials that require proper disposal to protect the environment and human health.
    • Natural Resources – electronics are composed of valuable metals, such as copper, silver, gold, and palladium, as well as plastic and glass. By properly processing e-waste, so many of these natural resources can be conserved.
    • Reuse – Many electronic devices are discarded before the end of their useful life. It is important to identify these electronics to ensure they don’t end up in a landfill prematurely.

    The e-waste recycling industry has grown to accommodate the increase in e-waste; however, with limited laws on e-waste recycling, these recyclers don’t have much oversight. Consumers (both individuals and companies) might assume that when they send their used electronics to an e-waste recycler, the electronics will be responsibly dispositioned. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. However, by selecting a recycler that is certified to either the R2 or e-Stewards standards, the consumer can ensure their electronics are being handled properly.

    To obtain an e-waste recycling certification, a recycler must demonstrate that they meet specific environmental, health, and safety standards. These standards influence the work at the recycler’s facility, as well as the management of the e-waste once it leaves the recycler’s facility. Once certification is obtained, the recycler is assessed continually for conformance to these standards. If a nonconformance is identified and not addressed, the recycler will lose their certification.

    There are two primary standards that guide e-waste recycling: R2 and e-Stewards. Overall, the process to certification is the same, with a few key differences:

    R2 Certification Process:

    1. Determine which standard(s) to use for the Environmental Health and Safety Management System (EHS): ISO 14001/ISO 45001 or RIOS. Note: In order to gain certification to R2, a recycler must also be certified to one of the aforementioned standards.
    2. Develop the EHS Management System. This system integrates all of the requirements of the R2 standard, as well as the requirements of the selected EHS standard(s) (ISO 14001/ISO 45001 or RIOS). This involves developing procedures, work instructions, and forms to guide the day-to-day work of the recycler.
    3. Select an R2-approved certifying body to conduct your third-party audits and agree to a scheduled audit date.
    4. Once the Management System is implemented, collect and maintain the records required by your system. These records will provide evidence of compliance to your third-party auditor.
    5. Pay for an R2 license prior to your third-party audit.
    6. Participate in the third-party audit and address nonconformities, if applicable.

    E-Stewards Certification Process:

    1. Develop the Environmental Management System per the e-Stewards standard, which includes ISO 14001. This involves developing procedures, work instructions, and forms to guide the day-to-day work of the recycler.
    2. Select an e-Stewards approved certifying body to conduct your third-party audits and agree to a scheduled audit date.
    3. Once the Management System is implemented, collect and maintain the records required by your system. These records will provide evidence of compliance to your third-party auditor.
    4. Complete the Revenue Verification Form and pay licensing and initiation fees.
    5. Complete the stage 1 and stage 2 audits with the certifying body and address nonconformities, if applicable.
    6. Complete the e-Stewards Licensing and Marketing Agreement.

    Both the R2 and e-Stewards standards require an EHS Management System, which is a system of processes that guide all business operations for the recycler, from receiving and sorting, to downstream vendor evaluation and qualification. In addition to providing a framework for conducting operations, these processes consider, monitor, and mitigate the health, safety, and environmental impacts of the company, while also integrating the requirements of the applicable standards.

    R2 certification requires a well-documented EHSMS that clearly identifies who is responsible for which activities, when these activities occur in a given process, and what records need to be maintained for proof of conformance for both internal and external auditors.

    What We Provide

    Complete Certification Support.

    We ensure your business achieves complete certification to either the R2 or e-Stewards standards.

    Ongoing Consultation & Technical Support

    We work to develop technical solutions, both flexible and proven to succeed, that meet your business requirements and improve efficiency and accountability.

    Customized Software

    Freer specializes in leveraging advanced industry knowledge and custom software to meet your business needs and goals.

    Trusted By Industry Leaders

    About Freer Consulting

    Freer Consulting Co. has over 20 years of experience in a wide range of business consulting fields. Our well-rounded, experienced team has a proven record of meeting business needs and achieving results on-time and within budget. We work with businesses across the United States and internationally, providing both on-site and remote consultation. In our industry, Freer pioneered the Global Virtual Playbook, which allows us to provide expert remote consultation to our clients across the globe.

    We establish long-term, productive relationships with our clients. We can grow with your company and provide services as you need them. Our experience means we get it right for your company the first time. Our standards ensure your company realizes the benefits of getting it right, again and again.

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