Environmental consulting has been around since the early 1970s,but it's still an expanding field with unique risks and exposures.Governmental regulations, public interest inconservation and sustainability have driven the growth of this$16 billion industry.

Pollution liability can occur when faulty work is the directcause of environmental contamination, and professional liabilityarises when technical errors contribute to an incident. Evenindividuals who never set foot on a job site must consider theirpotential exposure: lab technicians analyzing soil samples forpollutants or engineers advising on regulatory compliance plans,for example. If your operations can contribute to an environmentalincident, you are exposed.

Fortunately, there are steps that risk managers andenvironmental consultants can take to identify exposures,mitigate risks and improve operations. Complete, consistentdocumentation is the basis for an effective strategy and beginswith detailed proposals, clearly defining the work to be completed,terms of successful performance and a realistic estimate ofassociated costs.

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