Pre-Operator Monitoring Assessment (OMA) Audits

  • Assess your monitoring systems

    Ensure ongoing reliability
  • Identify issues

    Know areas to focus on to improve
  • Be prepared for an OMA audit

    Know what to expect in an Environment Agency audit
  • Pre-Operator Monitoring Assessment (OMA) Audits

If you have an environmental permit or PPC permit you may be subject to an Environment Agency initiative for emissions monitoring – the Operator Monitoring Assessment (OMA). The Environment Agency use OMA to assess operators’ self monitoring and provide a driver for necessary improvements.

EMS provides audits to assess the quality and reliability of your monitoring and to identify any potential shortfalls or areas of improvement. This helps you to maximise your OMA score, should you come subject to an audit by the Environmental Agency.

The EMS Pre-OMA Service

EMS provide an independent pre-OMA audit consistent with Environment Agency criteria:

        • OMA 1: Management, Training and Competence of Personnel
        • OMA 2: Fitness for Purpose of Monitoring Methods
        • OMA 3: Maintenance and Calibration of Monitoring Equipment
        • OMA 4: Quality Assurance of Monitoring

What are the Benefits of a Pre-OMA Audit?

        • Assesses the quality and reliability of operators self monitoring including services provided by external contractors
        • Identifies monitoring shortfalls and potential areas for improvement
        • Contributes to the targeting and prioritisation of independent monitoring of point source emissions

What does the pre-OMA Audit Involve?

        • Site inspection of monitoring and treatment processes
        • Review of documentation and records associated with the monitoring and treatment protocols
        • Informal interviews with key personnel
        • A report of the audit findings
        • An action plan to maximise the OMA audit score

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