Issues to inspect
Traditional inspection activities are the (physical) routine (site) inspections, non-routine (site) inspections and investigations of incidents. Many of these activities can and should be executed according to standard protocols and working instructions (that have been developed in the previous step). The cooperation and information exchange with partner organisations is also part of this step. See factsheet 3.10 on inspections that lists the issues that have to be taken into account while executing the inspection.
Checking Operator self-monitoring report
The IED sets requirements and provisions concerning operator self-monitoring and how this is reported to competent authorities as part of the inspection process. The analyse of the report by the inspector is essential for assessing environmental performance and compliance with the conditions set out in environmental permits. See factsheet 3.11 on operator self-monitoring.
Level of non-compliance
It goes without saying that non-compliances identified during inspections need to be followed up. However in the case of a serious non-compliance an additional inspection has to be executed within 6 months. See factsheet 3.12 on levels of non-compliances.
Cessation of operations, bankruptcy and site closure
Inspection work isn’t limited to installations that are in operation. In the case of cessation of operation, bankruptcy and site closure the inspector needs to check if actions have been taken to avoid any risk and pollution and to make sure the site of operation is returned to satisfactory state. In factsheet 3.13 guidance is given on the requirements and provisions mentioned in the IED.
Information on the inspection activities carried out, their results and their follow up (imposed sanctions) should be stored in an accessible database.